Her upcoming projects include a role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus, Padmavati and Sanjay Dutt’s comeback project, Bhoomi.
Aditi Rao Hydari is slowly but surely making a mark without a godfather in the industry. Her upcoming projects include a role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus, Padmavati and Sanjay Dutt’s comeback project, Bhoomi. In an interview, the actress talks about finally getting her due, Padmavati, nepotism in the industry and more...
You will next be seen in Padmavati…
It’s been my dream to work with Sanjay in a period film. Everything on the sets, right from the costume to jewellery is beautiful. Working opposite Ranveer Singh has been fun.
You are also playing Sanjay Dutt’s daughter in Bhoomi. Did you ever expect a role of this sort to come your way?
I never expected I would get to work with Sanjay Dutt. It isn’t every day that you come across a father-daughter story. So when you get an opportunity like this, it was a surprise. Sanjay is an effortless actor. He is protective and generous.
How was it working with Mani Ratnam in Kaatru Veliyidai?
Mani sir is constantly challenging you, and giving you the freedom to explore. It’s a blessing to do a film with Mani Ratnam sir. There is no stress when I am working with him because I know he is always there to mentor me.
Looking back, how would you describe your early days in the film industry? How has the struggle been for you?
I have worked for seven years in Mumbai without any help or support from the industry. I don’t look at it as a bitter experience but as a fact. I feel blessed; I rather count my blessing than thinking about what I don’t have. I know that I have a long way to go; hence I’m constantly pushing myself.
Do you feel nepotism exists in Bollywood?
I don’t know why we single out Bollywood — it’s everywhere. It’s only natural. The film industry shouldn’t be singled out. I also think that there’s no point cribbing about it. I hope we all can be equal and only be dependent on our talent. If that’s not the case, I will only work harder.
Are you also trying your luck in Hollywood?
Cinema and art is not about geography and language. For me, what matters is a good director. The language doesn’t matter as long as it is the right director. If I get an opportunity in Hollywood, I will do it.