Interview: Actress and Danseuse Aditi Rao Hydari - "If i am to play Sexy, I will play it with Honesty"

By Faisal Saif

Mumbai, April 10, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio): The actress who is also a trained Classical Bharatnatyam danseuse. The actress who has a royal lineages. Another South-Indian soul Aditi Rao Hydari who debuted with Sudhir Mishra's 'Yeh Saali Zindagi' is now being appreciated for her performance in 'Murder 3'. She speaks heart-to-heart with Faisal Saif.

Let's start with your Journey first.

I am very grateful for whatever I have got. Because I come from outside. I knew nobody when I came here. My family has always taught me that I have to be the queen of my own journey. I think so far I have taken baby-steps, but every step has been a step up. And that is where I see myself winning. If I am a good actress, I will definitely become a star.

How difficult is it for Aditi Rao Hydari to judge herself?

I am very self-critical. You may like my work or you may not, but I work very hard on my performance.

From a 'Sweet' Girl-Next-Door to a Bold Character in Murder 3?

The Sweet Girl-Next-Door also falls in Love and has sex. It's normal. In Murder 3, we showed relationships and intimate content was obvious. The strength of the film was it had a very strong story. I was very happy to do this film. And honestly, I never thought of an 'Image-Change'.

And you did the part with Honesty?

If I am to play a sexy part or a bold part, I will play it the way it's honest to me. Because I have to be happy with that. I will not conform to somebody else's notions of 'Sexy' or 'Correct'. I have to be okay with my own notion and my Director.

Murder 3 was a woman-centric film, it revolved around you. What was in your control?

The only thing here which I can control is putting my 100% in my work with an open heart. I have always been taught to never put a wall in between you and your audience. Give love and you will get love. The moment my director calls 'Action', I am completely in my character. The moment it's called a 'Cut', I am out of that world. I function like that. The first thing that I figure out about my role is if I have understood the nature of that character or not. After that, I am completely natural. This is the only thing which is in my control. Rest, it's the Director who brings out what he wants.

And you enjoyed doing Murder 3.

Yes. I really enjoyed doing Murder 3 with the core of my heart. I used to get exhausted at the end of the day, But I was always energized to do the next scene. And I think that is the victory of Murder 3. Doing Murder 3 gave me so much of happiness and satisfaction.

How much were you inspired by 'Vishesh Films' or as they say 'The Bhatt-Camp'?

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For me to be a part of the Bhatt-Camp is a great privilege. They are very hard-working people. They put in a lot of money to make a good film, to tell a good story. I have followed Vishesh Films and I think they are very good. They are very successful at what they do.

Do you think the success Murder brought to Mallika Sherawat and Murder 2 to Jacqueline Fernandez will be the same for you in Murder 3?

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It's very difficult for me to answer this question, but I think Murder 3 will do very good to me. I can never see a 'Loss' for an actor in the Murder franchise. I can never see a typical 'Imaging Slot' for me through Murder 3. The story revolves around me, I have 3 beautiful songs on me and to top it, I have an amazing co-star Randeep Hooda with me. I have this feeling, Murder 3 will take me to another level in terms of commercial viability.

Why don't you approach film-maker's?

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I don't know but I have this problem that I don't approach people for work. I cannot tell film-makers that I can sing and dance. I want people to discover it. I think I shouldn't trouble them unnecessarily. It looks very undignified.

What films are you working on?

I am doing Akshay Kumar's 'Naam Hai Boss'. Even those people contacted me after seeing one of my photo-shoots. They eventually found out I did 'London Paris New York' and I can act (laughs). There are also couple of other projects which are in the talks.

Faisal SaifFaisal Saif is co-editor of Global Movie Magazine and sub-editor of Youth Eye Magazine. A passionate Bollywood Feature News Writer and film critic, Saif is a regular contributor to Santabanta, Page 3 Bollywood, Orissa Diary, PardaPhash, NewsWala, The News Tribe, Bolega India and many more online and print journals. Saif lives in Mumbai and can be reached at thatfaisalsaif at gmail.