Janhvi Kapoor, the elder daughter of iconic movie star Sridevi and filmmaker Boney Kapoor, is all set to enter Bollywood with Karan Johar’s forthcoming production venture, Dhadak. Also starring newcomer Ishaan Khatter, the movie is an official remake of the cult Marathi blockbuster, Sairat, which has been adapted by filmmaker Shashank Khaitan for the Hindi audience.
While there could be scores of Bollywood heavyweights who might have steamrolled their offspring into the films to carry on the so-called lineage of stardom, Sridevi, who breathed her last on 24th February, 2018, due to accidental drowning in a bathtub in an upmarket Dubai hotel, always wanted to keep her daughter far from the world of showbiz.
However, when Janhvi Kapoor decided to join Bollywood and expressed her wish to be permitted to do so, neither Sridevi nor Boney Kapoor stopped her from making her way to the big screen. So how did she convince her parents?
‘I was very passionate about it (acting). It’s the only thing I could talk about. I started taking all these classes to improve my diction, tried to work on my dance, tried to meet with people to improve my craft. I think acting isn’t a job; it’s a lifestyle. You need to commit to it completely. So, I think they saw an obsession in me that my mother and father both had with their work and, I think, that’s why they agreed.’
Seeing the gorgeous Janhvi ready to rock Bollywood, we must say that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Upon being asked what attracted her towards acting, the 21-year-old actress said that actors have the power to influence an audience and that it induces a lot of self-growth.
‘What attracted me towards acting is the fact that, I think, actors are the most blessed form of artists because we have a power over our audience, to make them feel things and move them and help them experience worlds that maybe they would ever have the opportunity to experience.’
She went on to add:
‘Acting induces a lot of self-growth. I know I have grown so much playing Parthavi (her character name in Dhadak), living her journey. I have seen and felt things which Janhvi would never have the opportunity to feel about. So, it has widened my horizon as a human being.’
Dhadak is slated to arrive in cinemas on 20th July, 2018.