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Aditi Rao Hydari is basking in the glory of all the attention coming her way, including being the leading lady in a biggie like Akshay Kumar’s Boss. In this interview with Bollywood Hungama and Glam Sham’s Joginder Tutela, the actress spills the beans on her experience – including a hot bikini shoot…
If holding the key spot of leading lady in a highly anticipated movie is a good enough beginning for Aditi Rao Hydari in the mainstream commercial Bollywood arena, the very fact that her walk in a bikini – followed by a fantabulous response to her romantic number Har Kisi Ko with Shiv Pandit – is attracting attention, is reason enough to cheer.”
“I knew that my bikini shoot would never look cheap but pretty and sensual instead.
“That is a huge plus that I was riding on,” says Aditi who has appeared in a bikini in the past for numerous photo shoots.
“Moreover, I trusted Tony’s (Anthony D’Souza’s) aesthetic sense. When I was roped in, it wasn’t just for the bikini shoot.
“It is good when someone tells me that I am in the film because of what I am and what I bring to the table.” The year has been progressing smoothly for Aditi, with Murder 3 bringing her added recognition.
After playing a central protagonist in Bhatt’s blend of mystery, drama and sensuality, and getting good critical acclaim too, it was the overall set-up of Boss that was good enough for Aditi to step in without thinking twice.
“The need of the film was to bring in certain softness, romance and sensuality through the character I am playing.
“On a project level, this is what attracted me most to it. Moreover, I knew that the film would showcase me well. I want more and more people to know me.
“When you are doing a big film and that too in a role which is far more substantial than the kind where you are one amongst those three-four couples sharing the frame, it is always an added incentive. I got it all and more in Boss,” says Aditi.
While she is happy about the fact that she has gained a platform where everything is larger than life at a very big scale, she can’t stop grinning from ear to ear when told that many have yet to recover from seeing her as a sari-clad bua in Delhi 6 to stepping out of a pool in a bikini for Boss.
“I know people are surprised to see me in a bikini,” giggles Aditi. “However even in my personal life I am very comfortable with that. I have been wearing one since the age of four. Moreover, when a girl is in a pool, she won’t wear a gown, right? A bikini there comes with the territory.”
For someone who has managed to survive in the industry ever since her big screen debut in a Bollywood flick four years back, Aditi continues to maintain a picture of poise, elegance and confidence. It is these very virtues that have allowed her to keep her chin up and see a constant rise in her Bollywood career flick-by-flick, what with good appreciation coming in from all quarters on a constant note.
If Aditi is to be believed, this comes from the very fact that one can never find her in a negative frame of mind as the 27-year-old believes in being down-to-earth while keeping things simple and staying positive. “It may sound cliched but all I worry about is picking up good work that I am not embarrassed about, either today or tomorrow.
“This is the reason why I may be selective but you will never find me in a film where I am afraid to showcase myself,” says Aditi who saw some good reviews coming in for Murder 3, London Paris New York and Yeh Saali Zindagi, her last three films in which she was the leading lady.
She goes on to add: “I don’t think about which number I would be if my next film turns out to be a hit. If I start doing that, I may not stay positive in life and the fact remains that I hate negativity.
“I want to be credible, memorable and loved but not at the expense of being compared with other actresses. I can’t be fake, that’s not me.”
She played a central protagonist with aplomb in her last release, Murder 3, and brought some charm to the proceedings despite a grim set-up.
Prior to that she had a triple role of sorts in London Paris New York in which each of the three cities presented her in a different light altogether. Now in her upcoming film Boss, she is the only female character in the film.
No wonder Aditi loves the kind of attention coming her way. “When you are the only girl in the film, which is pretty much male dominated, you are bound to be pampered rich by everyone on the sets,” she giggles. “The entire cast was so nice and spoiling. Within the film too, I got so much space for myself.
“When the entire set-up is that of an action comedy, it is a girl who brings in freshness, romance and femininity. It was my responsibility to get it right and when you have a huge star cast around you which is made of very well-known and respected people like Akshay Kumar, Mithun Chakraborty, Danny Denzongpa and Ronit Roy, you have to deliver well.”
For someone who started with offbeat cinema like Yeh Saali Zindagi and Delhi 6, a film like Boss is some shift for her.
“There is a reason behind that,” says Aditi, “I always say that you just can’t be doing a film because it is big. There has to be something in there to attract you to it. Boss is one film which gives me a lot of space.”
– bollywoodhungama.com; glamsham.com