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Exclusive: Janhvi Kapoor opens up on Dhadak trailer being trolled

India Today logo India Today 19-06-2018

It is not every day that you see a star kid making her big Bollywood debut with a banner like Dharma Productions. But Janhvi Kapoor is not your usual star kid. The daughter of late Bollywood actress Sridevi and film producer Boney Kapoor, Janhvi is looking at a big-budget debut in Shashank Khaitan's Dhadak.

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In the film, 21-year-old Janhvi plays Parthavi opposite Ishaan Khatter, who will be seen as Madhukar in this tale of two star-cross'd lovers. Dhadak is a remake of Marathi hit Sairat, directed by Nagraj Manjule.

Ahead of her big-screen debut, India Today Television's Sushant Mehta caught up with Janhvi Kapoor.

The trailer of Dhadak received both love and hate on social media. Janhvi opens up on how she deals with the criticism that often accompanies the stardom.

In pics: Janhvi Kapoor like you have never seen before

Janhvi Kapoor like you have never seen before

ON HANDLING THE CRITICISM THAT COMES WITH THE STARDOM

Of course it affects me. But up until this point it was like, if they're going to criticise me for how I look while coming out of the gym, I don't really care. But all of a sudden, now I'm a little more nervous because I am supposed to be good at this, right? This is what I've wanted to do. I want people to love me.

The only thing that you can do is work hard and give it your all and hope that that's enough. But usually, you never know. I think that the only thing I'm trying to do is honest work. I hope that one day I will deserve people's love.

You're criticised even for being 'proper'. I don't think it's anything that I have any right to complain about. It is flattering that people take that kind of time out of their day to give me that kind of attention. I hope one day I do something to deserve it.

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ON FEEDBACK ON THE DHADAK TRAILER

I'm just really thankful for the love that it's gotten. It's been overwhelming. I hope they [people who did not like the trailer] change their mind after watching the film.

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BEST COMPLIMENT AND SEVERE CRITICISM

Best compliment: I don't want to say it! How can I dhindora peeto (blow my own trumpet)... A director said that you will create your own style of acting.

Severe criticism: I think I read somewhere I can't act. I went into a panic attack; [thinking] so what is my life all about then!

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF JANHVI KAPOOR, BEYOND THE FILM SETS

The last two years of my life have been completely dedicated to Dhadak. Every thought has been about Parthavi and Madhukar; working towards finding her. It's just all been that and now that's it's completed, I'm excited to put it out there. I don't know who I am anymore because all of us feel so immersed in the story.

ON KHUSHI CRYING AT DHADAK TRAILER LAUNCH

Both of us were in shock. In my entire life, I've probably seen her crying only two or three times. So we just hugged each other, and she said, 'I don't know why I am crying'. It was a very special moment. Maybe I have done something very, very wrong and that's why she was crying!

QUALITIES TO IMBIBE FROM SRIDEVI

My mom always used to say that in order to be a good actor, you need to be a good person. Because the camera is very smart. If you're not a good person, if you're fake, it shows. If your heart is not clean, it is visible.

Watch video: Arjun Kapoor comes again to Janhvi Kapoor's rescue

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