Janhvi Kapoor arrives for Mira Rajput's baby shower at Shahid Kapoor's residence in Juhu, Mumbai. Late actress Sridevi and filmmaker Boney Kapoor's daughter Janhvi is all set to make her debut in Karan Johar's Dhadak which also stars Ishaan Khatter. Dhadak is a remake of Marathi film Sairat. All pictures/Yogen Shah
Janhvi Kapoor looked beautiful in her floral dress as she arrives for Mira Rajput's baby shower. In a recent interview with mid-day, Janhvi Kapoor talking about her Bollywood debut said, "I am nervous, but at the same time, excited. 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."
In the same interview when asked about was acting always her career choice, "Post school, I had no plan of going to college. I don't believe in institutional studies. Formal education conditions your mind rather than giving you the freedom to explore. So, I wanted to enrol myself in different courses including acting, art history and a fashion course. I started out with an acting course [at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in Los Angeles], and I felt right at home. In one of the classes, I was performing in front of a camera and in another, I was on stage. Though I didn't learn much through the course, I realised that acting was my calling. I expressed my concern to my parents, and told them that I didn't wish to take up any more courses. After I came back, I worked on my Hindi diction and dancing skills."
Janhvi Kapoor further added, "It’s like asking what came first — the chicken or the egg? Frankly, I don’t know if I would have been inclined towards acting if I wasn’t from the Kapoor family. At home, we are always talking about films. As kids, our family holidays were always about visiting my parents’ film sets. I believe, my moral compass has been shaped by movies. 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."
Pictured: Janhvi Kapoor arrives for Mira Rajput's baby shower in Juhu
Shahid Kapoor's father Pankaj Kapur also attended Mira Rajput's baby shower
Pankaj Kapur came in with wife Supriya Pathak for Mira Rajput's baby shower
Pankaj Kapur and wife Supriya Pathak pose for the photographers as they left from Shahid Kapoor's residence in Juhu
Shahid Kapoor's friend Kunal Rawal arrives for Mira Rajput's baby shower
Janhvi Kapoor and Neelima Azeem seen exiting post-Mira Rajput's baby shower celebrations from Shahid Kapoor's residence in Juhu
Janhvi Kapoor talked about breaking the news for her Bollywood debut to family, "I told my mother and her reaction was, 'aiyyo'. I extended my stay in Los Angeles because I still needed to come out of my shell. I wanted to experience life that was independent of my parents. My parents were still uncertain, but their biggest concern was the dedication and time it required. Ultimately, they sensed that I was passionate about it."
Janhvi Kapoor talking about her first meeting Karan Johar said, "Karan sir had come home. Mom and he were having a conversation about Alia [Bhatt], Varun [Dhawan] and Sidharth [Malhotra]. Before he left, he told me to drop by his office for a meeting. We met and rehearsed a few scenes together. Every week, he would print out a scene from his movies and give it to me. I would learn it, do the scene with him and then he would give his inputs. My sister [Khushi] told me that I was sleep talking the lines from Karan sir’s movies. 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."
Janhvi Kapoor in a mid-day interview talking about her reaction when bagged Dhadak, she said, "I haven't told this to anyone, I cried in my room because it felt like everything I wanted in my life was happening. Dhadak is like a dream come true."
Pictured: Janhvi and Ishaan leave post-Mira Rajput's baby shower
Janhvi Kapoor talked about the comparison with mother Sridevi, "No one can be prepared for it. I am her daughter, we share similar personality traits and physical attributes. I am not trying to escape any comparisons with her. Even if I have an ounce of her talent, it will be a big deal for me. Having said that, I am a different person with varied life experiences, and 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. Hopefully, I'll be able to carve my own identity along with it."
Ishaan Khatter is all of 22. But he has already worked with iconic Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi in his maiden India-set movie Beyond The Clouds. Now Ishaan Khatter is geared up for the release of his second film and Bollywood debut Dhadak.
Pictured: Ishaan Khatter seen leaving from brother Shahid Kapoor's home in Juhu
Ishaan Khatter said in an interview that he is very fortunate to get offered variety so early in his career. "I am fortunate to be offered variety in such a short span of time. I managed to make my debut with my favourite Majid Majidi, whereas Dhadak is giving me a huge mass exposure. I just hope that I maintain the balance. Critics have been so kind of me to praise my performance in my debut film."
Shahid Kapoor hosted a baby shower for wife Mira Rajput which was attended by Pankaj Kapur with wife Supriya Pathak, Janhvi Kapoor, Ishaan Khatter and Neelima Azeem at Shahid's residence in Juhu, Mumbai. We have pictures