Dhadak director Shashank Khaitan: Janhvi Kapoor's process is similar to what I learnt from Naseeruddin Shah

Janhvi Kapoor will be making her debut in Shashank Khaitan's Dhadak that also stars Ishaan Khatter. In an interview, the director revealed why he cast them in his films.
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Shashank Khaitan's film Dhadak is all set to hit the screens next Friday. The film stars Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter in the lead roles.

Dhadak is an adaptation of Marathi superhit film Sairat (2016). It was directed by Nagraj Manjule and starred Rinku Rajguru and Akash Thosar in lead roles.

In an interview with PTI, Shashank Khaitan revealed the reasons why he took Janhvi and Ishaan as leads for his film.

About taking Janhvi Kapoor, he said that Manish Malhotra suggested her name to Karan Johar. When KJo felt something nice and interesting about her, he told Shashank about it. At that time, Shashank Khaitan was shooting for Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan starrer Badrinath Ki Dulhania.

"Two months before 'Badrinath...' I started hanging out with her to understand her process and realised she knows cinema. By the third meeting, we were talking about how a character works in a film," said the director.

He added, "I figured her process is similar to what I had learnt from Naseeruddin Shah sir. I gave her a few scenes of 'Badri...' and when she performed those, I knew she understood what she was doing."

Why did he think Ishaan Khatter is apt to play the male lead? He answered, "When we met him, we realised he was gifted. He turned out to be a natural fit for 'Dhadak' - age-wise and also for Madhukar's character. He impressed us right from the beginning."

Are you excited to watch Dhadak?


Shahsank is in love with his heroine! haha

hahahahahahhahaah!! Janhvi kapoor's process is similar to naseeruddin shah...hahahahahahaha

Janhvi, giving suggestion like sister. Please koi surgery mat karwana, you are very beautiful.

Achi movies karna, concentrate on quality not quantity :) :)

Ho sake to art movie also :) :)

What the hell are you saying? She has already gotten a nose job and fillers.. you are a bit too late im warning her against surgeries, no?

Janhvi, please try karo ki tum director ki umeed per khari utro, I am a big fan of siridevi.

Janhvi, Please do art movie, you have received very nice compliment from director :) :)

Seriously comparing a nepo newbie to a stalwart like Naseeruddin Shah, is the director even in his right mind??

Im sure his mind is better than your's. he is a successful director where as you are a loser..

Whatever!! This was not a formal audition, but there was one. Janhvi got her first movie not just bcos she is a star kid, but because of this audition.

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