“As an actress, I’m living my dream and every single day is a blessing,” stated film star Shraddha Kapoor, expressing her joy of being an actress. Shraddha Kapoor, her aunt, actress Padmini Kolhapure and director Subhash Ghai inaugurated the ‘Bioscope Village’ at the 48th IFFI at the Bhagwan Mahavir Children’s Park, Panaji. Bioscope Village is conceptualised for non-delegates who can enjoy films at IFFI without having to spend money.
After the traditional lighting of the lamp, Subhash Ghai presented a special award ‘Youth Icon NextGen of Indian Cinema’ to Shraddha. Ghai said: “I remember watching films in open space in my childhood and today we are able to watch the films in a small tent without having to spend any money. This trend has come back. It is a great revolution!”
Terming bioscope as a new concept, Padmini Kolhapure mentioned that IFFI is getting larger and better every year. She said: “I am a half Goan as my grandmother hails from Mangueshi. It is always lovely to be in Goa and be part of IFFI.”
Through an interview with film critic Sachin Chatte, Shraddha answered questions from several curious minds. She said that her father, actor Shakti Kapoor introduced her to acting. “When my dad would go to work without moustaches and return home with moustaches, I would get fascinated to see his different get-ups. I always wanted to become an actress,” she said.
Most people think that ‘Aashiqui 2’ is Shraddha’s debut film. However, ‘Teen Patti’ and ‘Luv Ka The End’ were released much earlier. She mentioned that having her father in the film industry is no soft option to her ongoing struggle. “People think that it is easier to get into film industry if you have a relative here, but it is not. We have to go through auditions too. I was confirmed for many movies and then replaced by some other actresses… this is a part and parcel of this industry,” she said.
Currently, Shraddha is working on a film ‘Saaho’, in which she has to speak Telugu. Sharing her experience of the challenge to get acquainted with a new language, she said: “It is due to Marathi that I can pick up Telugu gradually.” Shraddha is also working on a biopic on the life of badminton star Saina Nehwal and she said that playing badminton is amazing as it makes you feel alive and energised.