‘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
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