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Aditi thanks Jaya Bachchan for suggesting her for 'Padmaavat'

Friday, February 02, 2018

Actor Aditi Rao Hydari says she is extremely happy that veteran actor Jaya Bachchan recommended her name to film-maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Padmaavat.

Hydari features in the recently released period drama as Alauddin Khilji's wife Mehrunissa.

"It felt so amazing that she had suggested my name to him. I have never had that kind of support or backing in the industry. So, when people who I love and respect so much stand up for me, or encourage and appreciate me, it means a lot," Hydari said in an interview.

On what prompted Bachchan to suggest her name, Hydari said she read it in newspapers that it was her eyes which impressed the senior actor.

"When you get a blessing you don't ask questions. She did mention the reason why to Sanjay sir, but I read somewhere that she said there is some purity in my eyes and noor on my face," she said.

As Mehrunissa, the actor played the perfect antithesis to Ranveer Singh's aggressive portrayal of Khilji.

Describing her character as the perfect yin to Ranveer's yang", the 31-year-old actor said she completely followed Bhansali's vision and is overwhelmed with the response she has received.

"The girl is beautiful inside out. She speaks very little but there is a beautiful layering to her character where she is vulnerable, delicate, but there is strength, dignity," she said.

While the film has three principal characters — Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone — jostling for her own space was not an issue for Hydari, as she does not look at films by the length of her role.

"I derive a lot of inspiration and strength. Like that scene with Shahid and Deepika, I admire them as people and actors.”

"I have immense faith in the directors I work with, that they have put me there (in the film) for a reason and they will bring out the best in me. I don't think about anything else (referring to length of role). It's possibly a very naive way of looking at things," she said.

The actor along with Shahid were 'newcomers' on the sets as Deepika and Ranveer had already worked with Bhansali in Ram-Leela and Bajirao Mastani.

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