Janhvi Kapoor at IFFI said the year 2018 was a mixed bag for her as she had both the "worst and best experience" of her life in the same breath. The young actor's mother, Sridevi, passed away earlier this year, while she was still filming her debut, Dhadak.
In picture: Janhvi Kapoor arrives for International Film Festival of India in Goa. All pictures/Pallav Paliwal
Jahnvi said her personal growth has been "tremendous" and she has emerged stronger in the trying times. "It's harder to say anything... When I say 'growth', I mean personal growth, I don't know about artistic. This year brought me both the worst and the best experience of my life. It's a little strange... Our family is now united, so that is very big thing for me. But whatever happened that too was very heavy (tragedy). We are still in shock, so we haven't been able to process it properly. I'm really thankful for all the love that we have received and I got a chance to work, which is a big thing for me. I got a chance to make my parents proud, which is most important for me."
Janhvi Kapoor further said the films that her father called the 'Golden Era' of Hindi cinema were ahead of time. "I think they are way ahead of even our time. I feel we have got tangled into a trap, a commercial one. I think the freedom to tell the story was more earlier," she said.
In picture: Boney Kapoor and daughter Janhvi poses for the photographers at IFFI red carpet.
Boney Kapoor, who had a short stint in theatre and he said he chose to stay behind the camera as out of the two brothers "him and younger one Anil" someone had to shoulder the responsibility. "I thought if both of us would set out to struggle as actors, who will handle the house?" he added at the session. Boney, who has been an assistant editor and assisted veteran director Shakti Samanta, said he wants to helm a film in future.
Janhvi Kapoor further pointed out films such as Mr and Mrs 55 as an example which celebrated the essence of feminism back in the day. "Madhubala has done such a beautiful job in the film. But more than that, the concept that the film raised. It dealt with feminism. Madhubala ji's character was so forward thinking. Her aunt was also in the film, whose character was more (conservative about) how girls should behave in a society. They did not present it as an issue, they slipped it in beautifully in the story."
Janhvi Kapoor further added, "Whatever films that are coming today that's about a girl, suddenly we tag them as 'female-oriented' films. They make it a big deal that it does not have a hero. There have been so many films Mother India, Chaalbaaz, Sita Aur Geeta, Sujata, Bandini, etc. The girl was a hero in all these films. But they weren't tagged as 'female-oriented' ones."
When talking about Sridevi, Boney Kapoor often got emotional and said his daughter has watched her mother doing what she did "best". "Janhvi already has an idol in front of her. There is not one as complete as an actor as her." Janhvi said, "I can't emulate her, even if I wanted to."
At the event, Janhvi Kapoor also recited a self-written poem that she wrote for her late mother Sridevi.
Janhvi Kapoor and father Boney attended International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa to be part of a session with Rumi Jaffery. We have pictures
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