She is gorgeous and she can act. And in Bollywood, this means big news. When Aditi Rao Hydari descended in the city for the Femina Officially Gorgeous event, it meant getting mesmerised by her looks, a certain innocent aura around her and the fact that she is very honest about things. Ask Aditi about getting into the Bollywood groove with some successes like Boss and she’ll admit she enjoys the attention. “I express both gratitude and happiness for all this, as I am just starting out. I don’t have a helping hand or someone leading me. There was not guidance. I am doing things which I want to do and credibility is getting me good work.” She is particularly happy about the fact that she is able to enjoy good acting and stardom.
Most would still remember her for her small start in Hindi industry with Delhi 6, but she does think a lot before accepting a role. “The industry is changing and though I started with a small role, it is all about talent and sustaining memorability. People love you for who you are and there is hope to open up.” One sees Aditi in a different light than other actresses as she is doing both commercial films and one which fall under the different films bracket. She certainly does not think this to be any balancing act. She clearly states – if you enjoy something, it is an experience. “I do both for different reasons and the content is different.”
Most would not be aware of the fact that Aditi began her career down south, with a film called Shrigaram. The film was a dance-based film and one wonders if she will look for films down South too. The film happened by chance, Aditi admits. And that too thanks to her dance connection. “Many say I resemble Shobhana. I just did the film because the actress who was supposed to do it dropped at the last moment. Honestly, I relate to Hindi films culturally.” She, at present, wants to concentrate on Hindi films, but yes, if someone like Mani Ratnam or Gautam Menon offers her a film, she will go south. Amongst the Hindi crowd too, the directors to work with list is pretty big, right from Sujit Sircar, Abhishek Kapoor to Anurag Kashyap.
Being a trained dancer, one does become curious as to why Aditi is not doing anything in that aspect. She calls dance a sadhana and one which cannot be messed with. “You cannot mess with anything which is sacred if I cannot give 100 per cent, I don’t think I would do it. I am a perfectionist. I would love to dance as along with music, it is in my blood. It helps me as an actor.” She has been trained under acclaimed Bharatnatyam exponent, Leela Samson.
The one complaint she has as someone in public life are the things said that can be hurtful too. “The habit of passing judgements can be unfair. In the end, we are all human beings.” At the moment, Aditi is doing a film with Manish Jha. She calls it a sweet and light-hearted film and she is doing it with Arshad Warsi, Boman Irani and Kayoze Irani. “It is set in Bihar and it is about a desi girl and her dreams.” Dreaming is good and we hope that an actress like Aditi Rao Hydari achieves her dreams.