Padmaavat actor Aditi Rao Hydari on jauhar scene: We need to be open to different opinions


Now, I will get onto Mani Ratnam’s next, which I am extremely excited about. The scene is so beautifully written that if you pay attention, you would understand the deep relationship the two share. He gives you as much time as you need for the whole emotional process. The five-year-old in me is jumping up and down.”
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© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd It is that they create an environment for you. But off-set, I would go to him (Ranveer) and say, ‘wow, you are scary’ but only after the cut. ”
While Aditi is proud of Mehrunissa, many from the audience have been feeling that Mehrunissa was simply a part of an abusive relationship but the actor has a very different point of view. So, it is exciting. The fact that you derive fearlessness from immense love you have. They both have love for each other and for me, it is a classic case of yin and yang, one full of destruction and the other full of love.”

We also asked Aditi Rao Hydari about her take on the backlash against Jauhar scene in the climax of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum-opus. While she wants him to have everything in the world that gives him happiness, he should never be able to have or possess Padmavati. She loves completely and that is what makes her forgive him. I think we need freedom of artistic expression and yes, we need to be open to different opinions. It was challenging to work with Sanjay sir and the response I have received is overwhelming. Somewhere, I share that vibe with her. You know the amazing thing about having a great director. “What I found beautiful about Mehrunissa is she knows Khilji loved her. To me, they are childhood sweethearts. Sanjay sir is extremely indulging with his actors. “I am so happy and overwhelmed with the kind of love Mehrunissa is receiving. This is my understanding.”

And at the end, she sums up how her 2017 was positive and 2018 has a lot to look forward to, “Last year, I started with Mani sir (Mani Ratnam) and ended with Bhoomi. As the movie continuous, Aditi’s journey from being this vulnerable character to the Queen of her kingdom leaves you impressed. But amid all this, we need to appreciate the supporting cast who have outdone themselves in the film. He just could not believe that she who loved him so deeply, defied him. In a conversation with indianexpress.com, Aditi Rao Hydari expressed how she approached the character. So, she would never finch or fear Khilji. There is a deep love. Every detail of your surrounding is very honest and real. I always believe you cannot learn, prepare or research about it. “See, it is a story that Sanjay sir wanted to tell. That is what connected me to her deeply. Then, of course, there is this core character of Mehrunissa. That combination of fearlessness and innocence I found great about the character. “She doesn’t have much dialogue but each of her words have so much strength and power. He said Mehrunissa maybe delicate and very feminine but she is the queen. You just have to trust the director and completely give in, that is what I did.”
For Aditi, Mehrunissa is pure. One such character is of Aditi Rao Hydari. There are many stories in which characters believe in certain ways, which I am not really favourable of but you are telling a story and I believe everyone has a right to tell a story they want to tell. She is different. It is your belief in the moment and trust in your director. She knows what is going to happen to her and that is quite beautiful.”
In one of the scenes, Mehrunissa tells Rani Padmavati that she is helping her to save her love Alauddin Khilji from committing a sin, and in another, she looks straight into Khilji’s eyes with utmost courage and agrees that she did what she did only to save him. He has been true to the story. While her selfless love has made the audience develop a soft corner for her character, her submissive and victim-like nature towards Khilji has not really gone down well with many. He gives you a lot of space and a lot to feed upon. Referring to the scenes, Aditi quipped that while her appearance in the film can be referred to as a cameo, the dialogues of her character had strength and power. But the actor has a different tale to tell altogether. She is possibly the only person he deeply loved and respected. It is in her blood to be regal and fearless. 2018-02-01T15:22:41+00:00″>
Updated: February 1, 2018 3:22 pm

Aditi Rao Hydari played the character of Mehrunissa in Padmaavat. You cannot prepare for them, honestly. I am working with him for the second time and also, another film I have in which I would be working with a National Award winning director down south. That is why in the last scene, he is hurt that she defied him. I thought and acted like Mehrunissa so I did not finch or get scared of this person standing in front of me. For that period, I was Mehrunissa and I did not hate or love Khilji. She has the guts to defy him. “See, everybody has their understanding of the kind of relationship Mehrunissa and Khilji share. She somewhere has this purity of life which I really love. She is Jalaluddin Khilji’s daughter. When I am in a scene, I do not act or think like Aditi. The actor played queen Mehrunissa, wife of Alauddin Khilji. She is the queen but she knows she is his (Khilji) queen too. The film wasn’t liked by the audience as expected but all in all, it was a positive year. Her journey from being a princess to a fearless queen who has the courage to look into Alauddin Khilji’s eyes in order to defy him so that she can save him from the sin he was about to commit. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat has spurred many conversations, be it about the roles of the leading actors Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor or some questionable sequences. Love is powerful and that is what Mehrunissa is – Fearless and strong because of the love she carries within her.”
But keeping aside the love she had to portray on-screen, did Aditi feel hatred for Alauddin Khilji aka Ranveer Singh off screen? 2018 started with huge success for a film I loved doing. At no point, we have said this is right or wrong. “There was one thing that Sanjay sir always told me. He might have become the king but she was always the queen, the heir of Jalaluddin and there is a love and respect between them. From the very first frame, Mehrunissa makes a place in your heart with her child-like innocence. That is the only way I know how to work.”

She continued to talk about the qualities of Mehrunissa that made her respect and love the character, “Mehrunissa is a beautiful combination of vulnerable and delicate. He loved her but he is the man possessed (with the obsession of having every ‘nayab cheez’) and she has a knowledge of that. We (Aditi and Sanjay Dutt for Bhoomi) got an overwhelming praise for it.