For Aditi Rao Hydari, there is no sure-fire trajectory to stardom as she says one needs to have a full-time obsession with acting. Learning the craft more closely from her master Mani Ratnam, the actor believes that one should do films that live beyond his/her years.
“I learned it from my guru Mani Ratnam. Whenever you’re challenged, you should go to film sets like a child, who is curious yet have a burning fire to learn. I don’t consider myself a star, but a student and actor. Every time it should be a new thing. Audiences should fall in love with your character on the screen. I feel it’s important to bring that magic into the character,” she says.
Aditi plays the role of Maha in the upcoming romantic action drama ‘Maha Samudram’.
Maha is the sole breadwinner in her family, living in port city Visakhapatnam. “Maha is a very sweet, bubbly, honest, and hardworking girl. There’s a growth in the character. She teaches dance to children,” the actor says adding the movie isn’t a female-oriented flick, but the girl Maha is at the centre of the drama. That is the way it is written, she says.
Aditi says director Ajay Bhupathi has good depth in his writing and the way he understands cinema. “He has command over emotion and drama. I could not take the eyes of the film, and its music. Ajay Bhupathi is someone who celebrates cinema. At the same time, storytelling is very strong, it’s not just songs and dances that drive the movie forward. He kept telling on the sets that he has three students of Mani Ratnam (actor Saranya Ponvannan, Siddharth, and myself) on board, what’s more, pride one could get.
Talking about the underlying message in the film – ‘An immeasurable love’, the actor says, “I believe in immeasurable love because love is the most powerful thing, everything can be corrected if there is love whether it is between girl or boy, parents or children, brother or sister, or between colleagues …
Every individual in this world should be kind and respectable to each other,” she says.
Shooting in the sultry-humid beaches of Vizag was quite challenging yet it left some fun memories for Aditi Rao.
“We shot in live locations, I went crazy, it’s hot and humid, I became red, shooting barefoot you know how hot the beaches get and dancing on the rocks so slippery. Finally everything went well. Not even one person was cribbing or complaining,” adds Aditi.