Bollywood actress Aditi Rao Hydari is on cloud nine after receiving accolades for her brief yet evocative role as Mehrunisa in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's epic drama Padmaavat. The actress says she is overjoyed by the positive response.
Having done films as different as chalk and cheese like "London, Paris, New York", "Bhoomi" and "Padmaavat", actress Aditi Rao Hydari says versatility is very important for her.
Asked why she's majorly done multi-starrer projects, Aditi told IANS in a recorded response: "I have done a mix of different kinds of cinema. I have done films like 'London, Paris, New York' or 'Murder 3' where it's just about one person or two people or 'Bhoomi' for that matter... I have done lots of those and I have also not shied away from films which are multi-starrers because for me a film is all about the director and the team that makes a film and about the script and character I am playing."
Aditi says she is inspired by the way international artists work.
"Like people in the West, such as Jennifer Lawrence, Natalie Portman or Brad Pitt and all the amazing actors... they also do a mix of different kinds of cinema. So, here even I am inspired with that way of working and I also do a sort of mix of different kinds of films.
"I think versatility for me is very important," she added.
The "Wazir" actress stresses that cinema is a director's vision.
"And I completely surrender to the director's vision and I am like putty in their hands and they mould me. So, that's the way I work and I like to be challenged," she added.
Aditi has also worked in the south Indian film industry. She was seen in "Prajapathi", "Sringaram" and "Kaatru Veliyidai".
Talking about working in the south Indian film industry, she said: "Films are about feelings... Feelings don't have a language... they are universal. So, I consider myself blessed that pan-Indian audiences are watching my films and I am being given these opportunities to work with some of the greatest directors of our country."
The "Murder 3" actress considers herself blessed for getting all the opportunities as an "actor who does not have any backing and who has come into the industry just because I love being in front of the camera".
Aditi, who was in Chennai last week to unveil the Summer-Spring 2018 collection of the watch brand Swatch, says it is not about the region, boundaries or language.
"It is about the director and the team that makes the film. It's their vision and I give myself completely to that vision. So I don't want language to ever come in my way. Whether it is in India or abroad... If there is a director I am dying to work with I will work extra hard and do that film," she added.
After the success of her latest release "Padmaavat", Aditi is now gearing up for her next film with filmmaker Mani Ratnam.
The actress considers herself lucky to work with the filmmaker for the second time.
"I can't tell you anything about the film. But I consider myself very blessed to be working with Mani sir again. Mani sir and the Madras Talkies team is like family... and to be picked the second time to work with him is really more than what I ever imagined," she said.
Aditi says she really loves working with Mani Ratnam as he challenges her.
"I am always up for the challenges and I look forward to beginning work. It is a multi-starrer and there are some amazing actors in it. I am a little nervous but also looking forward to working with them. I think with amazing people on set, hopefully my performance will also be better. It's going to be tough, but I am looking forward," she added.
(with IANS inputs)