Despite being in the business of entertainment since 2015, Aaditi Pohankar has done limited work. But may I add, work that is illustrious and carries more credibility than box-office figures. From being mentored by Makarand Deshpande to working with the likes of Nishikant Kamat, Selvaraghavan, Shoojit Sircar and Imtiaz Ali, Aaditi has chartered her career at her pace.
Following the release of the recent Netflix show, ‘She’, I spoke to the young actress to learn more about her views on evolving roles for actresses across mainstream films and the web.
You've dabbled in theatre, ads, films and now digital. Safe to say you're not chasing stardom but you'd rather be content doing good, qualitative work?
Aaditi: Well, I truly believe that if I do work that has quality, then stardom will definitely follow. That is exactly what has happened with ‘She’ because I believe it to be high on content. It is a dream role which has given me the best of what I could get to play with. And I’ve been receiving appreciation from every single person in the industry. If you do qualitative work, then stardom just adds value to it.
Any attribute about Bhumika Pardeshi that particularly impressed you?
Aaditi: Her silence and her ability to take charge really impressed me. She converted her silence into her strength, something that really amused me. People who act in silence without creating much noise around them, are usually the most powerful. I would like to be that way. Again, quality over noise.
Do you feel that shows/films streaming on digital platforms offer more scope for actresses, in comparison to mainstream films?
Aaditi: I think mainstream films too nowadays are focusing on better content. Although with the rise of OTT platforms and especially Netflix, I feel very fortunate to be seen across the globe today. Though I believe that mainstream and OTT are going hand-in-hand. There isn’t any differentiation left.
A role by an actress in recent times that you would love to play or that suits your interest?
Aaditi: Not anything recently, but I really loved Jennifer Lawrence in ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ and ‘American Hustle’. Her performances are extremely vulnerable and yet very power-packed.
Do you have a wishlist of directors?
Aaditi: Yes, I did have a wishlist earlier and it’s getting ticked one by one. First was Imtiaz Ali, which came true with ‘She’. I would love to work with Rajkumar Hirani. I like his comic sense and the commercial scale through which he portrays his characters. I’d pretty much want to work with everyone whether its Anurag Basu, Anurag Kashyap or Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Each one of them is excellent.
‘She’ is streaming on Netflix, worldwide. It also stars Vijay Verma, Vishwas Kini and Kishore Kumar G