Mumbai: Known as film editor Jahnavi Dhanrajgir is all set to make her acting debut as the female lead in Bolo Hau.
In ‘Bolo Hau’, Jahnavi will be seen playing the role of Rukhsar who is a young, vivacious girl of today and although born into conservative nawab family, she’s a strong person with a mind of her own.
Before her acting debut, Jhanavi has worked as an assistant editor on super hit Bollywood movies like Sultan, Gunday and Kick.
In Bolo Hau, Jahnavi is paired opposite Ankit Rathi, who has appeared in films like 3 Storeys and Fukrey.
In a recent interaction with The Prevalent India, Jhanavi shared about her biggest challenge she faced during the project is playing two role’s, as a film editor as well as an actor.
Tell us something about the character you’re playing in Bolo Hau?
Rukhsar is a young, vivacious girl born into a conservative Nawab family. She has a mind of her own and isn’t afraid to hold her ground and stand for what she believes in. She is strong, sensitive, and kind – that’s what I found most attractive about her character.
Bolo Hau is your debut film, how is the feeling?
It’s rather overwhelming, I’m nervous and excited, it’s a cocktail of emotions right now. I don’t think it’s properly sunk in yet, so I’m just doing what I need to do and taking it one step at a time. I just hope people enjoy watching the film as much as we enjoyed making it.
You started your career as a film editor. What made you step in for acting?
Acting is something I have always loved and kept in touch with. I decided to give acting a proper shot because I realised I would live to regret it if I didn’t. I mean, maybe it’ll work out, maybe it won’t, but either way, I’d know that I tried with all my heart and sincerity and that’s what’s important. I don’t want to look back on my life with a bunch of what-ifs.
What was your biggest challenge while working on the project?
I’m both the actor and the editor of the film, so balancing the two roles was rather challenging. I was constantly switching between the two – I don’t enjoy watching myself in general and I was worried that that would hinder my performance as an editor and that I’d lose the objective perspective needed for the job. I remember the first day I sat on the edit table – I procrastinated the entire day, drank way too many coffees and then finally gathered my courage and started; the switch came with surprising ease and I enjoyed both processes thoroughly.
How was your experience working with your father Tarun Dhanrajgir?
We worked very closely on this project from start to finish; it was good seeing him in action. He’d only respond to me on set if I referred to him as TarunJi or Director Saab! He’s got a solid vision of how he wants things to be and it was exciting being a part of the process of bringing that vision to life in the best way possible. I’m grateful that he trusted me with this.
Tell us something about your co-star Ankit Rathi, how was your experience?
Ankit will always have a special place in my heart because he’s my first ever co-star. He’s a wonderful, generous and very supportive co-actor and I thoroughly enjoyed working with him.
Bolo Hau, directed by her father Tarun Dhanrajgir will have a theatrical release in January 2021. The actress has already signed a web series, for which her shoot begins early next year.