EXCLUSIVE: Aditi Rao Hydari on Ajeeb Daastaans, not judging the morality of any character
Aditi Rao Hydari and Konkana Sen Sharma’s Geeli Puchi by Neeraj Ghaywan is possibly the best made short in Netflix’s anthology Ajeeb Daastaans. The story explores the interpersonal conflicts between two characters, both women, against the caste and gender political background. Both Aditi and Konkana play characters whose morals are quite questionable.
In a candid chat with Aditi Rao Hydari, we asked her if it is difficult or challenging to keep the judgement of a character separate from your viewpoint while performing. Aditi mentioned that she does not come with judgements when she approaches a character or a story. Neeraj Ghaywan added that this possibly was one of the best things about working with both Aditi and Konkana.
Aditi Rao Hydari told Bubble, “I really genuinely don’t judge the characters or a story, or what is happening. If I find myself having issues or judging it, some kind of discomfort, then I don’t do it because then I am like I don’t want to come to set with judgements. I want to come there like a clean sheet of paper and then want to take on whatever comes my way. Be open to every kind of stimuli that I might be getting on the set nonjudgmentally. I don’t know why but that is how I am.”
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Neeraj added, “I think that was the happiest thing about having both Konkana and Aditi because for me, because both of them did not judge the characters, which helped them not hold back or overstretch a certain line. Both of them have their intelligence to see it that way. That was the best thing.”
About her character, Priya, who is someone who wants to break free and yet couldn’t muster the courage to do so. Aditi shared, “I feel Priya is so transparent, naive, and childlike. I don’t think even she knows that she has held back or she is a product of a lot of conditioning. She is actually discovering it as she goes along. She has no idea, it is that conflict within Priya of being confused, feeling helpless, not knowing what is going on, finding a connection with Bharti but she is a woman, I look at Priya like that. She is really someone who doesn’t know.”
Ajeeb Daastaans has opened to decent reviews with fans loving Geeli Puchi the most.