Janhvi Kapoor celebrates her 24th birthday today! The actress is gearing up for her next, a horror-comedy, Roohi, alongside Rajkummar Rao and Varun Sharma. The Dinesh Vijan produced film releases on 11th March 2021. Janhvi Kapoor has been busy promoting her movie and giving interviews to various media portals across the country. And in a recent interview, the actress who plays a double role in Roohi was asked whether she took any inspiration from her mother's role as Anju-Manju from 1989's Chaalbaaz. Janhvi Kapoor was quick to dismiss it for a reason. She revealed that she cannot watch Chaalbaaz. Yes, you read it right.
Talking about her characters, the actress revealed while Roohi is very vulnerable, docile and fragile, Afza makes for a 'very animalistic, inhumane energy'. In an interview with Hindustan Times, Janhvi Kapoor was asked whether for her dual characters of Roohi and Afza she had any reference points since both are polar opposites of one another. When asked whether she saw her mother's Chaalbaaz for picking references to portray the characters, she said, "There was no real reference point for Afza’s character, and I was trying to be conscious about not mimicking anyone. I don’t think anyone in the world can match up to the level of work that my mother has put out. I would honestly always have a hard time watching ChaalBaaz because they were very mean to her in the film. As a kid, I was very traumatised every time I tried to watch that film."
The actress, however, added that she watched The Exorcism of Emily Rose to help her work on Afza. "But that was just to get the tonality, what I can possibly do with my body, what it is like to be in this kind of zone and project that kind of energy," Janhvi said. "For Roohi, the writers and I decided that it would be cool if she has a kind of stutter every time she is scared, so I saw a lot of videos and films on that," she added.
Janhvi also heaped praises on Rajkummar Rao and Varun Sharma who have a knack for comedy. For those not in the know, the actress had confessed that she had stalked Rajkummar Rao and felt fortunate to share screen-space with him. "Even Pankaj (Tripathi) sir, for that matter. Honestly, it was on my list of things that I really wanted to do, because I have seen their films and been so fond of their work. It was great to see how passionate… In fact, even Varun (Sharma) and everyone in this film were all more experienced than me, especially in comedy. So to watch the experts at work was definitely an experience I will always cherish," Janhvi told Hindustan Times.
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