Janhvi Kapoor
Janhvi Kapoor
Acknowledges Her Privileged Background: Have Been Lucky In Way I’ve Been Treated
At present, Bollywood is seeing the resurgence of outsiders vs insiders debate and talks about nepotism in the Hindi film industry have been raking up. Weighing in on the matter, actress Janhvi Kapoor, in a recent interview with Barkha Dutt, acknowledged her privileged background and said she is lucky to have certain opportunities come her way.

“I haven’t had to deal with the kind of things that most women have to deal with. Because I do come from a slightly more privileged background and so I have been extremely lucky in the way that I have been treated and the opportunities that I have gotten.”

Janhvi was joined by Gunjan Saxena, a former Air Force pilot, whom the actress plays in her upcoming biopic, Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl.

When asked about the experience of meeting and playing Gunjan in the midst of the ongoing debate about privilege (of a star kid), Janhvi said she finds the story inspiring. Adding more to it she said she has been aware of her privileges since the beginning but she believes that at the end it all trickles down to the hard work you put into it.

Janhvi also opened up about casual sexism that she sometimes has to deal with. She recalled that sometimes during narrations, the filmmaker seemingly pays more attention or makes more eye contact with the male actor. “In my head, I was like this is happening maybe he because he has a longer scene. But then I realised that maybe it’s just some sort of subliminal conditioning that is making them do that,” she said.

In the wake of the ongoing debate of outsiders vs insiders in Bollywood, actress Janhvi Kapoor says she doesn’t expect films to just come her way and enjoys the entire process of auditioning for a film. Janhvi says she also auditioned for a film for Karan Johar’s Dharma Production but she couldn’t get the film.

“I am no one in the scheme of things to sit and think that movies will come to me now. I am much more comfortable going and I actually enjoy the entire process of auditioning,”Continuing, she added, “In fact, I auditioned for films within Dharma also. I actually auditioned for a film in Dharma only that I didn’t end up getting.”

When asked if it is Karan, who informed her that she did not get the part, Janhvi said, “No, the director will tell me and then Karan will also tell me, ‘For this reason…’, ‘You are looking too young’ or whatever.”

However, Janhvi is happy to be able to get a chance to audition and feels it is a big deal.


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September 2020