It was an emotional moment for Janhvi Kapoor to begin promoting her debut Dhadak, the Hindi adaptation of the Marathi hit Sairat. It’s a film that her mother Sridevi wanted Janhvi to be a part of.
Directed by Shashank Khaitan, Dhadak is the official adaptation of Nagraj Manjule’s critically acclaimed film. It is produced by Karan Johar.
Janhvi’s debut comes months after her mom Sridevi’s sudden death at the age of 54 in February.
“I saw Sairat with mom at home and I remember telling her ‘I wish that this was my first film and I could do something like it’. Me and mom had this big discussion on how she wanted a role like this for me and then you (Karan) called and it happened,” Janhvi said at a promotional.
Asked if she had received any tips from her mother, Janhvi said: “I definitely miss her today... The biggest and the most helpful tip is to work hard and feel every emotion.”
On whether her father, producer Boney Kapoor, gave her any advice for her first film, the 21-year-old said: “He didn’t give any tips but he has given me a lot of love and support, which is far more important.”
While Sairat featured Rinku Rajguru and Akash Thosar, the adaptation will see Janhvi and Ishaan Khatter as young lovers.
Janhvi said she has treated her character differently from the one in Sairat.
“What Rinku did with that character, I don’t think any other actor can even touch it. But my character is different from hers. I tried portraying my character with a lot of honesty right from the beginning,” she said.
Ishaan, who made his debut with Iranian master Majid Majidi’s India-based film Beyond the Clouds earlier this year, said he was thrilled to be a part of Sairat.
“When I saw the (original) film, I was completely taken in. I was consumed by it. It took me a while to register that I will be doing this,” Ishaan said.
“When we saw the film once, Shashank had told us not to watch it again because then we would get influenced to some extent. So we took a fresh approach and prepared for it,” he added.
While Janhvi’s family were by her side, supporting her, actress Neelima Azeem was there for son Ishaan. Janhvi’s brother Arjun Kapoor also wished her ahead of the trailer launch of Dhadak. He said she will always find him by her side in her new journey.
The 32-year-old actor posted a heartwarming Instagram message for the debutante.
As elder brother and actor senior to Janhvi, Arjun also gave a piece of advice to the newcomer starting out in the film industry. “Tomorrow you will be part of the audience forever.”