‘Un­real’ to be near Sridevi: Vani

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Aditya Do­gra aditya.do­gra@htlive.com

Achance to work with Bol­ly­wood vet­eran Sridevi, and that, too, in her 300th project, is some­thing that many would see as their dream de­but. That dream came true for Delhi girl Vani Sood, who is part of Sridevi’s lat­est re­lease, Mom, di­rected by Ravi Udyawar.

“I was at home when I got a call from the cast­ing di­rec­tor. He said, ‘Boney Kapoor is mak­ing a movie and you’ve been short­listed as one of the friends (of Sridevi’s daugh­ter on screen) for it.’ I was shocked and sur­prised when I got to know that I’d be work­ing along­side big names such as Sridevi, Nawazud­din Sid­diqui, and Ak­shaye Khanna,” says Vani, a Gargi Col­lege grad­u­ate. She had au­di­tioned for a role in the film Dan­gal while the tal­ent scouts were at Sri Venkateswara Col­lege. The cast­ing agents had her con­tact de­tails. That is how she made it to the Mom short­list.

The ex­pe­ri­ence, es­pe­cially the part shot in Bangkok, “was one of the best mem­o­ries of my life”, says Vani. And she was ab­so­lutely thrilled when, while film­ing a class­room scene, Sridevi walked into the room. Vani adds “When [Sridevi] used to walk [on to the sets], the at­mos­phere used to change. Ev­ery­body could feel her pres­ence. She taught me how to im­pro­vise my lines and how I could make it look more nat­u­ral. It was amaz­ing how such a se­nior ac­tor taught us such im­por­tant things with­out any fuss.”

I had to re­peat­edly tell my­self that it wasn’t a dream; I was get­ting to work with the same woman who played Hawa Hawai in Mr In­dia VANI SOOD, AC­TOR

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