All eyes are on Janhvi Kapoor - the elder daughter of the iconic Sridevi and Boney Kapoor. Sridevi's demise earlier in February this year has left a huge void in the Indian film industry and in lives of her loved ones. Janhvi, who offers heartstopping flashes of her late mother, is ready to set foot in Bollywood with her first film being Dhadak.
The 21-year-old, touted as the spitting image of her mom, has inherited more than just the acting and beauty genes. She is self-assured and confident in her own space. Moreover, she knows what she wants, and how much she wants. The stardom she has attained even before her maiden venture releases, Janhvi is not taking it for granted. No, Sir, not for a second because she has a thirst to prove herself.
Paving her way through all that fame and fandom, Janhvi keeps her head on her shoulders. "I am trying to preserve a sense of my identity in all that because it is very easy to lose my head in this madness. I am getting so much attention, people are talking about me, my pictures are out there, I am talking so much about myself... I am reading about myself every day. It is easy for me to think that I am the most important person in the world," she tells a news agency in an interview.
Adds the debutant, "But then I am not letting that happen. I know it is happening all for the film and if I want people to talk about me, I have to deliver hit films. Otherwise, that will be wrong. I am trying hard to earn the right to grab the spotlight, I am trying to be a deserving person to talk about," she said, sounding more mature than her age."
The budding starlet reveals she wishes to bring back the magic of ex-cine queens like Madhubala, Meena Kumari and Waheeda Rehman on the silver screen.
"I have watched Madhubalaji in films like Mughal-e-Azam, Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi and Mr & Mrs 55. I have seen the beautiful Waheedaji in Guide, Pyaasa, Meena Kumariji in Pakeezah, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam. Watching them, I get fascinated and mesmerised.
"I so wish to (re)create the magic of these legends on-screen. Every time I watch these films, I get motivated and tell myself, 'Mujhe yeh karna hai (I want to do this)'... This magic, this performance," a ready to twinkle star tells the news agency in an interview.
Janhvi, in Dhadak, plays a Rajasthani girl. Considering her background, it was not easy for her. She went to Udaipur and Jaipur to imbibe the body language of the local girls. Dhadak, directed by Shashank Khaitan, explores how the protagonists deal with issues like differences between castes and honour killings. The film is set in Rajasthan and releases on July 20, 2018.