Bollywood actor Janhvi Kapoor, who appeared in Netflix anthology film Ghost Stories that premiered on 1 January, recently opened up about her upcoming films during an interview with the Hindustan Times. The actor, whose last big screen release was 2018 film Dhadak which was also her debut film, has a number of major films coming up this year.
With horror comedy Roohi Afza, romantic comedy about homosexuality Dostana 2, biopic Gunjan Saxena and historical drama Takht, Kapoor has a great diversity of films very early in her career.
On 13 March, Kapoor will appear on the big screen in Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl which is based on the life of first female (along with Srividya Rajan) Indian Air Force pilot and first Indian woman airforce pilot in combat (along with Srividya Rajan). The film is directed by newcomer Sharan Sharma and produced by Karan Johar under his banner of Dharma Productions.
She will then be seen with Rajkummar Rao and Varun Sharma in Hardik Mehta directorial Roohi Afza releasing on 20 March. While talking about the film with the Hindustan Times, Kapoor said, “It’s one of the most exciting, challenging, complicated, physically demanding and emotionally taxing roles that I’ve had the privilege of doing.”
She is also doing Dostana 2 with Kartik Aaryan and Lakshya. A sequel of 2008 film of the same name, the romantic comedy is directed by Collin D’Cunha and produced by Karan Johar and is expected to be released this year. “Dostana (2008) became a cult classic and I hope we match that standard, fun, energy and glamour. But the story, characters and the sets are completely different and what we have to say is a little more emotional,” she told the news daily.
She is also doing Karan Johar’s historical drama titled Takht which will star a number of major Bollywood actors like Kareena Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Bhumi Pednekar and others. The actor revealed that while full-fledged preparation will start soon but she started learning kathak and Urdu when she signed the film even though she was aware that the shooting would begin a year later.
When asked about why she chose a historical drama so early in her career, Janhvi Kapoor responded, “I feel it’s something that might come more naturally to me than contemporary roles because I’ve subscribed to that cinema more. I prefer watching older films. Mughal-E-Azam (1960), Pakeezah (1972), Umrao Jaan (1981)… I’ve been obsessed with them and can relate to them.”