Mainstream Bollywood has largely glorified class divide, says Janhvi Kapoor
She is set to make her debut with Dhadak, the Hindi adaptation of critically-acclaimed Marathi film Sairat that explored the themes of caste divide and honor killing, and Janhvi Kapoor says the movie is a cut above mainstream Bollywood which has mostly ‘glorified’ the conflict. Janhvi, daughter of late actor Sridevi, says the Shashank Khaitan-directed film, in which she plays a girl belonging to the erstwhile royal family based in Udaipur, is set against the backdrop of the class divide.
Janhvi, 21, says “Dhadak” is not a typical Bollywood saga that whitewashes the “harsh reality” that is still relevant. “… I feel up until this point, a lot of films in mainstream Bollywood have glorified that divide. Because it creates a sort of conflict – that ‘I can’t live without the love of my life’. I feel they have glorified that divide a little bit. But I think, it should be condemned and with ‘Dhadak’, we have set out to condemn it. That it’s a harsh reality. ‘Dhadak’ is not a Bollywood saga that ends with either the parents agreeing or typical, magnificent ending. It’s an ugly truth,” she told PTI in an interview.