For Shivani, there’s no other ac­tor like Shah Rukh or Sallu

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Ac­tor Shivani Raghu­van­shi (left), who made her Bol­ly­wood de­but with film­maker Dibakar Ban­er­jee’s re­cent pro­duc­tion, says that com­pe­ti­tion does not bother her.

The 24-year-old says that while she has grown up watch­ing Sal­man Khan and Shah Rukh Khan’s films, she feels that it’s tough to get that star sta­tus now. “I have been fol­low­ing Sal­man and Shah Rukh since child­hood and grew up on their films. Ab Sal­man and Shah Rukh ke jaisa star koi ban nai sakta. In their time, there were fewer films re­leas­ing and so each film would be re­mem­bered. Now so many films re­lease ev­ery week. So if you’re not good at what you do, no one will re­mem­ber you...I wish I was born in that era,” she says.

How­ever, act­ing is not the only thing she sees her­self do­ing in the fu­ture. “I al­ways wanted to be a star. But when I saw Dev­das, I wanted to a di­rec­tor, and that is some­thing that I plan on do­ing. But af­ter grad­u­a­tion, I got in­ter­ested in act­ing,” she says.

Her first film is not a con­ven­tional Bol­ly­wood pot­boiler and Shivani took some time ad­just­ing to the script. “I was not ex­cited. I wanted a proper Bol­ly­wood de­but. I went for an au­di­tion and I thought that there will be air blown on the set and all. I was shocked when I read the script. I had only seen those kinds of films in Bol­ly­wod,” says the ac­tor. “The next day I told Kanu (Behl, di­rec­tor) that this will not work. I said ‘This is good, but are you sure you want to make it?’ I used to give sug­ges­tions all the time to change the script. Even­tu­ally, I re­alised that I was not ac­cept­ing the script. I was just 21 and was not be­ing able to re­late. But when I read it for the sec­ond time, I did not even need Kanu to un­der­stand. That script never left my mind. It was so re­lat­able. So, for me this be­came a com­mer­cial film,” she adds.

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