‘Films by Mani Ratnam, Bhansali con­nect with all’

Aditi Rao Hy­dari on how great di­rec­tors make it easy for ac­tors to slip into the char­ac­ters’ skin

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - FRONT PAGE - Shreya Mukher­jee shreya.mukher­jee@htlive.com

Ac­tor Aditi Rao Hy­dari feels lucky to have been get­ting op­por­tu­ni­ties to as­so­ciate with great di­rec­tors and won­der­ful films. This year, Aditi has been seen in var­ied roles. From sweet and lov­ing Leela in the Tamil film Kaa­tru Veliyidai and the opin­ion­ated Bhoomi in the San­jay Dutt-star­rer Bhoomi to her next char­ac­ter in Pad­ma­vati, the ac­tor re­veals that she is al­ways on a look­out for char­ac­ters that en­thuse her to per­form bet­ter. Ask her how dif­fi­cult or easy is it to move from one char­ac­ter to an­other and, that too, if the roles are in­tense, and Aditi says, “Di­rec­tors like Mani Ratnam or San­jay Leela Bhansali or even Omung Ku­mar, they make cin­ema that you feel a con­nect with. They aren’t just putting to­gether projects.” “The way they nar­rate sto­ries can be felt in the at­mos­phere of their sets, in di­a­logues, cos­tumes and ev­ery­thing else. With them, it’s like magic,” Aditi adds. “So as soon as I en­tered Mani sir’s set, I felt like Leela, or for that mat­ter Bhoomi’s set, I could re­late to her is­sues. That helps me for­get what I’ve done be­fore and take on my new role,” she says. Aditi shares how she takes in­spi­ra­tion from peo­ple she works with — be it ac­tors, di­rec­tors, or those who are associated with a par­tic­u­lar project. “When I see how peo­ple around me are work­ing hard, it makes me feel that I should per­form my part well. Af­ter all, only a united ef­fort can lead to suc­cess,” Aditi says.

Aditi Rao Hy­dari was last seen in the San­jay Dutt­star­rer Bhoomi

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