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Janhvi Kapoor on Sridevi's sudden death: Dhadak saved me

India Today logo India Today 20-06-2018
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Janhvi Kapoor is set to make her Bollywood debut with Dhadak, but her mom Sridevi won't be able to see the final cut. It was Sridevi who wanted her daughter to make her big screen debut with Karan Johar's Dharma Productions.

Janhvi bagged the leading role in Shashank Khaitan's Dhadak, an official remake of hit Marathi film Sairat. And after months of hard work, her debut film will hit the screens on July 20.

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When the trailer of Dhadak released last week, the entire Kapoor clan came to cheer for Janhvi. With the sudden demise of Sridevi, things haven't been the same for Janhvi. However, the star kid displayed immense professionalism when she returned to the film sets a few weeks after her mom's death. And since then she has been keeping herself busy with her work.

In an exclusive interview to India Today Television's Sushant Mehta, Janhvi for the first time opened up on life after Sridevi and how she pulled herself out of the shocking experience.

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"It hasn't been an easy experience. My work and my family have given me the strength to go on. If it wasn't for coming back to the sets of Dhadak or being able to act, I think it would have been much tougher than what it is now. I am very thankful that I had the opportunity to work in the film and act. It saved me in many ways," Janhvi said.

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With only a month left for Dhadak to hit the screens, Janhvi is bracing herself for her first step into Bollywood. When asked if she always wanted to be an actress like her mom, she said, "I don't know if I always knew that I wanted to act but I was always inclined towards movies. It is something that I am very passionate about. Working in Dhadak feels like a dream come true. It is too good to be true."

She added that coming from a filmi family, movies was something that was always interested in. "In my family, it is the only that we discuss. It's the only thing we knew. Every time we sit at home and have a conversation with one another, it was always about films. Even when we go out to spend time together, we go out to watch a movie. Holidays were always about dad's shooting schedules or mom's shooting schedules. We have grown up in that environment," added Janhvi.

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