Noting the amount of protectiveness and mentorship that Karan Johar has shown towards Janhvi Kapoor, one would think he was the one to give her this grand debut. However, that’s not quite the case, as it was none other than close pal and family friend, Manish Malhotra who suggested Janhvi Kapoor’s name for ‘Dhadak’!
It was only after Karan Johar was recommended the soon-to-debut Kapoor’s name that he shared his interest with Shashank Khaitan. Both the producer and director of the film then finalised several meetings with the passionate actor.
“Two months before ‘Badrinath…’ I started hanging out with her to understand her process and realised she knows cinema. By the third meeting, we were talking about how a character works in a film.”
“I figured her process is similar to what I had learnt from Naseeruddin Shah sir. I gave her a few scenes of ‘Badri…’ and when she performed those, I knew she understood what she was doing,” Khaitan says.
Well, it was definitely a great choice, indeed.
Furthermore, Shashank reminisced about how much of a strong character Janhvi had been throughout her mother, Sridevi’s unfortunate demise.
It was only within 13 days of the legendary Sridevi’s demise, this February, that Janhvi was back to work. The filmmaker said, “It was very important not just for me but for my entire team to isolate what had happened as a personal tragedy and get back to filmmaking in a professional way. Everything I felt at that point was dealt on a personal level. Credit to Janhvi and her family on how they dealt with it.
When we came back on sets, it was really important that we focus on the film and not let it bog us down or do things differently because then we would be cheating the film.” He praised Janhvi Kapoor on her strength of character and her dedication towards her commitment to the film.
“We were behaving the way we were earlier and trying to make things normal. We had a proper 12-hour working day when she returned and we didn’t make any special efforts to reduce the time or go slower,” stated Shashank Khaitan to a leading portal.
“As someone who knows her and her family, there were certain things I would do differently on a personal level which I would continue to do. But as a film director, I had a responsibility not only towards her but to everybody associated with ‘Dhadak’,” he adds, furthermore.
Well, we couldn’t agree more, Janhvi Kapoor is quirky, strong and has a heart of gold. We are eager to watch her skills unfold on the silver screen soon!
“Dhadak” is scheduled to release on July 20. Dhadak is the Hindi adaptation of Nagraj Manjule’s Marathi blockbuster Sairat(2016).