Aditi Rao Hydari can’t wait to “hug people who I miss and love very hard. And then rush to shoot!” The classical dancer-singer-actor has been locked down at her home at Hyderabad where she has been keeping herself busy with “dance, kalari, Ashtanga yoga, watching movies….”
Catching up with MetroPlus over a video chat, Aditi says she is looking forward to the first OTT release in her career — her Malayalam movie, Sufiyum Sujathayum, which has its world premiere on Amazon Prime next month. “Initially I was disappointed that the movie wouldn’t have a theatre release. But then I felt it was my duty to support my producer. This has been a difficult time for the industry. The production house has been extremely welcoming and given me a lot of freedom as an artiste. So it is my turn to step up and stand by them. Now I am excited that I am part of the first Malayalam film to be released on a streaming platform,” says the actor.
It is a “path-breaking decision” and she feels that with the OTT platforms becoming an integral part of our lives during this lockdown phase, her film will be watched by a lot of people across the world. “There is a huge viewership for Malayalam cinema because of the amazing content it has been generating over the years,” she adds.
Aditi does not want to spill the beans on her character, Sujatha, for, she doesn’t want the viewers to approach the character with any preconceived notions. Vijay Babu [producer of Sufiyum Sujathayum] had approached her with the role when she had come down to Kochi to perform at a film awards’ night. Once she heard the story, she immediately agreed to do it.
In this “musical love story” directed by Naranipuzha Shanavas, Sujatha is married to Rajeev, played by Jayasurya, but she has a past where she was in a relationship with a Sufi priest. “I had to do a lot of reading for the role and had a coach to help me out. I can’t tell you anything about what exactly I had learnt!” she chuckles.
- Her first film, Sringaram, in Tamil, in which Aditi played a devadasi, won three National awards and two Tamil Nadu state film awards. In Bollywood she has worked with the likes of Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra, Sudhir Mishra, Imtiaz Ali, Bejoy Nambiar and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Among her films, she holds Kaatru Veliyidai close to her heart. So too, Padmaavat. “I also enjoyed the role in my Telugu film Sammohanam. Bhoomi was another film that gave me a lot of positive…