Aditi Rao Hydari: “Everyone says I am an underrated actor.”

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Aditi Rao Hydari

After Heeramandi, her ‘Gajagamini’ walk has gone viral. Netizens can’t stop raving about her stellar performance in the Netflix ‘webseries cum mega film’ directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. She’s none other than the gorgeous Aditi Rao Hydari who is being heralded and reveled as the national crush of the celluloid world. She’s been in the industry for quite some time so how did Heeramandi suddenly make her a superstar overnight? TheGlitz spotlights.

Aditi Rao Hydari's viral Gajagamini walk
Aditi Rao Hydari’s viral Gajagamini walk

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Her viral Gajagamini walk from Heeramandi and how Bhansali told her not to lose weight for it:

Aditi: “I want to ask somebody, Sanjay sir, my dance teacher, what is it? Is it the Gajagamini walk, the swan walk? What walk is that I don’t know! I’ll say it was what Sanjay sir asked me to do. I followed Sanjay sir and what he told me. I know in Kathak there is Mayur chaal (peacock walk), then there is Gajagamini (walk of seduction), but I am sure it is in all the dance forms but I don’t know, I should find out. Whatever I see on Instagram, Reel upon Reel, the whole viral nature of that tukda (piece) is so overwhelming. He (Sanjay) is very good at spotting magic on the spot and he created a lot of nuances in the process.”

She added, “He said that he wanted that dupatta to fall on a particular beat, the head to turn and the ‘chann‘ (sound of the ghungroo) to come exactly on the beat, so it was all his thought and his creation. Also, when I had put on the Ghagra, Sanjay Sir told me that I had put on weight. I asked him to give me 10 days since it was post Covid. He said, ‘No you look beautiful. Let’s shoot.’ I really value that. That’s why I say he is an incredible teacher.”

Aditi Rao Hydari in Heeramandi
Aditi Rao Hydari in Heeramandi

At Humans of Bombay

On being branded as an underrated actor: Aditi, “Until quite recently I used to hear everyone say that I am an underrated actor and that I deserve so much more. But I would think – that’s on you! How is that on me? My mother told me, that if people think you are underrated that means you have so much more to give. Every time a film of mine comes out I get a lot of love and good press, but they still say I am underrated. So I guess they feel I can do more.”

On working with Ranbir Kapoor and her experience with Rockstar: Aditi: “Working with Ranbir Kapoor was mad! He is incredible. He is always present. He is someone who can convince you to do anything!”

“With Rockstar I was called to audition for Nargis Fakhri’s part, and I so wish I could’ve done that. But she had already been cast. Months later I was called for my part. When I read it, it was actually beautiful. I have done quite a few cameos in my career, but this was one of those that got edited a lot. It was beautifully complete in its own way. I felt bad that it got edited out.”

Aditi Rao Hydari & Siddharth
Aditi Rao Hydari & Siddharth

On what love means to her, “To me, love is to be able to laugh together. To have respect for one another. To be liked. And to feel like this is home. That’s very important to me.”

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