Debutante Janhvi Kapoor, who stars in Karan Johar’s upcoming Dhadak, says it was her family and this film that gave her strength to move on in life when she was facing the most difficult phase of her life after the untimely death of her mother, Sridevi.

Janhvi will be romancing Ishaan Khattar, half-brother of Shahid Kapoor, in the official remake of Marathi film Sairat. Way before her debut, Janhvi became the most talked about star kid as the paparazzi followed her everywhere she went. From being clicked outside the gym to posing with Sridevi on numerous occasions, Janhvi was already a star in the making.

Janhvi Kapoor

However, the untimely death of Sridevi was a turning point in the actor’s life as her debut was just around the corner before her mother passed away.

According to a report in Hindustan Times, Janhvi and Sridevi were always quite excited about the former’s debut in the industry and how the two will work together on Janhvi’s debut film. Now, Janhvi shares that because of her family and her debut film that she got the strength to cope up with her mother’s untimely death.

“It hasn’t been an easy experience. My work and my family have given me the strength to go on. If it wasn’t for coming back to the sets of Dhadak or being able to act, I think it would have been much tougher than what it is now. I am very thankful that I had the opportunity to work in the film and act. It saved me in many ways,” Janhvi said in an interview to India Today.

Sridevi, who was known as the first female superstar of Bollywood, took it on herself to train her daughter to help her understand acting and film making.

Janhvi Kapoor

“My mom always used to say that in order to be a good actor, you need to be a good person. Because the camera is very smart. If you’re not a good person, if you’re fake, it shows. If your heart is not clean, it is visible,” Janhvi shared.

Sridevi passed away on February 24 in Dubai. She is survived by her husband, Boney Kapoor, and daughters Janhvi and Khushi Kapoor.

The official trailer of Dhadak was released on June 11 and it has till date received more than 35 million views. However, the trailer received mixed reactions from the fans as trolls targeted the film to gratify Bollywood cliché and casting of two star kids.

Directed by Shashank Khaitan, Dhadak, is all set to release on July 13.

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