Aditi Rao – last seen on the girl on The Train will next be seen in Tamil film Hey Sinamika alongside Dulquer Salmaan and Kajal Aggarwal. This movie directed by Brinda will be released on February 25.
Talking about working with Mani Ratnam who is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer, Aditi says it was like a dream come true. She disclosed that she entered movies with a desire to work with Mani Ratnam. “I came into movies because I really wanted to be Mani Ratnam’s heroine. It was just my dream. But then I thought if I want to do movies with Mani Ratnam I should be able to speak in Tamil and in other languages as well,” she said this with a big smile.
Aditi has previously worked with Mani Ratnam in two movies – Kaatru Veliyidai in the year 2017 and Chekka Chivantha Vaanam in the year 2018.
In Sufiyum Sujathayum Aditi’s turn as a mute girl who is a kathak dancer also received much appreciation. She has been trained in dance since the age of five. Aditi said it was a great experience also she did long shots due to no dialogues. It was a delicate love story she said, “First time I was working in some other language where I had the liberty to allow the camera to just roll for very long shots. In a general way, I mug my scenes and be prepared for a full master in a language that I do not know. But in Sufiyum Sujathayum I used to come to set and be okay with the camera just rolling. So there was a scene in the movie where my grandmother passes away. It was shot in just one take and it came out really well.”
The experience of making the audience feel the emotions of the story can be in any language for me. “So why do you limit yourself?” even big directors see her as a part of their vision, “I want to face that challenge.”
In fact, when she entered the industry she was an aspiring actor without a godfather. Out of concern there were many people who advised her about “where you need to fit is where they expect from you.” she also believes that meant being unkind to her strengths.
“As we started growing we realise it is really important to function on the place of authenticity, to understand who you are and then push yourself into uncomfortable spaces. But for all this, you need to be patient and kind to yourself. That is what keeps me an excited and childlike curiosity to keep learning and growing.”
Aditi jokingly says that working in industries means getting mixed up between languages many times. “Because this is happening. I always get confused about when to speak which language like when to speak Telugu and when to go for Tamil. I agree it is a mess. But I am really enjoying.”
Aditi said that her directors really manage to create a strong work environment because of that it is for me to be in character in any industry. “On a first day when I go to set I just enjoy them being on the set. And absorbing whatever is happening around.”
Aditi has had many experiences over the years with filmmakers like Mani Ratnam, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Sudhir Mishra. She calls herself excited. “When I am not bitting my nails on the set and feel challenged, it feels like I am not giving my best.”