Janhvi Kapoor, the 21-year-old daughter of Boney Kapoor and Sridevi, who is nothing but a breath of fresh air for the cinegoers. Born into a film family, miss Kapoor speaks like her late mother and thinks like her father, but she infuses it all with an energy that only belongs to her. (All photos courtesy: Janhvi Kapoor's Instagram account @janhvikapoor)
As Janhvi is making a grand entry into Bollywood, it is pre-assumed that the young lady must be nervous! And yes she is, but at the same time, Janhvi is excited too. She says, "We spent the last year-and-a-half of our lives dedicated to this journey and now we are putting it out there for the world to judge and enjoy, and even dissect. For me, this has been a personal journey which is coming to an end and that feeling is a little emotional."
Very few know that Janhvi, just like her half-brother Arjun Kapoor, wasn’t fond of studies. Janhvi had no plans of going to college after school as she didn’t, or let’s just say still doesn’t, believe in institutional studies. She took up an acting course at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in Los Angeles.
After she came back, Janhvi worked on her Hindi diction and dancing skills. Recalling her childhood days, Janhvi said, "I remember skipping school and watching five movies in a day; my parents thought I was insane. I learned more on the set than in school because films help you learn through experience."
Sridevi’s reaction when Janhvi broke the news of becoming an actor at home was just epic. She exclaimed "Aiyo!". And as they say 'Moms know best', Sridevi felt that her daughter shouldn’t pick acting like a trial and error method. She told Janhvi , "If you want to do this, you need to give it everything and nothing else should matter". In picture: Janhvi Kapoor with sister Khushi Kapoor and a friend
Talking about Janhvi Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan, Sridevi told mid-day, "Competition can never be eliminated from this industry. There is nothing wrong with it. It keeps you on your toes, making you work harder. But, the biggest challenge lay in bettering your craft, and faring better than you did the last time."
Sridevi even shared how her intentions were misunderstood when her daughters Janhvi Kapoor and Khushi Kapoor accompanied her to film events. "Earlier, I would take them to social gatherings and premieres that I attended. But they (people) thought I was promoting Janhvi," Sridevi had said once
Sridevi had told mid-day that she wanted Janhvi to chart her own trajectory in the industry but as a mother, she "can't help but give her tips about everything - from how to dress to what she eats".
Hoping to follow in her mother's footsteps since childhood, Janhvi Kapoor reveals that her bedtime stories, too, would revolve around films — she happily swapped fairy tales for stories about Sridevi's "whacked-out experiences" in the industry.
Pictured: Janhvi Kapoor had the cutest caption for this picture with her dad Boney Kapoor. She wrote, "Baby kuala w papa kuala (sic)."
As two more starkids - namely - Sara Ali Khan and Ananya Panday are being launched this year, Janhvi hopes hers will be the most talked-about debut. But Sridevi’s advice is what she will strive to follow. "Mum always told me, it's not about the kind of role or movie you do; you need to make an impression — that's an actor's job. She never encouraged emotions like jealousy or frustration. We're capable of being happy for others."
Pictured: Janhvi Kapoor shared this candid photo with sister Khushi Kapoor from a wedding. She captioned it, "I know we look kind of evil but god knows we are #ilu ft. wedding season double chins (sic)."
While the newbie was a bundle of nerves on the first day on set, she says the makers ensured she was comfortable. "The first day was fun. Shashank (Khaitan) had established a safe haven for us and we were already feeling like a family. But I was nervous. I didn't sleep the night before we started rolling. We kicked off with Yaad Lagla [the song adapted from the original film Sairat]," she says.
Pictured: We absolutely love Janhvi Kapoor's outfit! She captioned this picture, "Wedding season got me like..."
You would be amazed to know how Janhvi Kapoor’s "auditions" for the film were. Karan Johar had visited Sridevi’s home, when the actress was having a conversation with the filmmaker filmmaker about Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra.
Pictured: Janhvi Kapoor with the bride at the wedding. She captioned the pic, "Prettiest bride"
While leaving KJo asked Janhvi to drop by his office for a meeting. They met and rehearsed a few scenes together. Every week, he would print out a scene from his movies and give it to Janhvi. She would learn it, do the scene with him and then he would give his inputs
Janhvi started sleep talking the lines from Karan’s movies, Khushi had revealed. Said Janhvi, "I think it was Kajol mam’s lines from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. These sessions were like my auditions. He was trying to gauge my acting capabilities."
Pictured: Such a princess! Doesn't Janhvi Kapoor look adorable in this throwback photo? She captioned the pic, "Mood."
As he launches another talent in the industry, Karan Johar says, "She's a pro, handling herself with a maturity that belies her age. It's both, heartbreaking and endearing that she talks about her mother constantly. Kapoor is not what you expect. And this is just the beginning of her story."
Pictured: Janhvi Kapoor shared this photo with her father Boney Kapoor on his birthday. She captioned the pic, "Lurrvv u most #hbd (sic),"
As Janhvi steps into films she says she is only going to work towards making her mother proud. "Every morning, all that I would do was (wake up) with the hope that one day you'd be as proud of me as I was of you. But I promise I'll wake up every day with the same thought. Because you're here and I can feel you."
Janhvi truly proved that she belongs to a filmi family, who follow the principle of 'The show must go on'
After 12 days of mother Sridevi's sudden demise, she resumed shoot life. The late actress was really looking forward to Janhvi's debut, like any other mother. And so is the country.
Pictured: This one is a snapshot from a childhood video Janhvi Kapoor posted of herself dancing with a friend at an event
Janhvi Kapoor with sister Khushi Kapoor in a photo from their family vacation
The many moods of Janhvi Kapoor! Which expression is your favourite?
"Children have their own mind. When it comes to her work, I don't want to advise. She must cultivate her craft all by herself, make her own choices and chart her own path," Sridevi told mid-day in an old interview
Janhvi Kapoor shared this picture with her friend from a party
Janhvi Kapoor and her friend opt for shimmery outfits and look their fashionable best
Janhvi Kapoor shared this cute childhood picture on sister Khushi Kapoor's birthday
Janhvi Kapoor with friends Akshat Rajan (left) and Ansh
In an industry that is quick to pit actors against each other, parallels are already being drawn between Janhvi Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan's daughter, Sara, who is also set to make her debut this year
While speaking about Janhvi and her Bollywood debut, Sridevi had said, "I don't think it's a bad industry. I am a creation of this world. But, as a parent, it would give me greater joy to see her married. But her happiness matters more, and if she does well as an actress, I will be a proud mother." But as fate would have it, Sridevi won't be by Janhvi's side when Dhadak hits theatres
"Walking with my girls made me feel like a proud mother. But to the world, it became a reason to misunderstand me," Sridevi said talking about Janhvi and Khushi accompanying her to events
While speaking about Janvi's debut, Sridevi told mid-day, "The excitement overrules the nervousness." In Picture: Janhvi with sister Khushi Kapoor
As Dhadak hits theatres today, expectations are high. Since, the film is the Hindi adaptation of critically-acclaimed Marathi film Sairat that explored the themes of caste divide and honour killing, comparisons are bound to happen. Nevertheless, we are looking forward to seeing Janhvi’s performance. Will she be able to carve her own identity along with being known as "Sridevi and Boney Kapoor’s daughter?"
As Janhvi rightly said, "I want to be given that freedom to prove myself and create a space in people’s hearts that is my own. I have a sense of responsibility towards the people who admire my family’s work and I want to make them happy."
Janhvi Kapoor's, one of the two daughters of late actress Sridevi and film producer Boney Kapoor, maiden Bollywood outing Dhadak finally hit theatres. Let's have a look at the pretty lady's journey so far