Roohi actress Janhvi Kapoor opens up on nepotism tag; says, ‘I have been overtly aware of my privilege’

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Filmmaker Boney Kapoor and late actress Sridevi‘s daughter Janhvi Kapoor made her Bollywood debut with Shashank Khaitan’s Dhadak (2018). Since then, the young actress has starred in Ghost Stories and Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl. The kind of varied scripts that Janhvi has chosen so far sets her apart from her counterparts.

The 24-year-old actress’ latest film, Roohi hit the silver screens today. After Dhadak, this is Janhvi’s second film to release in theatres. Naturally, she is elated. But at the same time, the actress has never shied away from acknowledging the privilege she enjoys coming from a filmy background. In a recent interview, Janhvi revealed that she has lived with the nepotism tag all her life

Speaking about how she has been aware of her privilege right from her childhood, Janhvi told the Indian Express, “I have been overtly aware of my privilege since I was a kid. It’s not as if nepotism began to exist for me when I entered the film industry. It has existed since I was a kid. At school if I got good grades or if the teacher would compliment me in front of the class, there would be students who would go like, ‘Arey because your parents are famous that’s why she is sucking up to you.'”

 

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The Roohi actress went on to add, “I have gotten that (reminder of privilege) all my life. It was always in my head that I have to do more to prove myself, to overcompensate… Or that self-doubt… I have always carried that with me fortunately or unfortunately.”

 

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Despite the kind of criticism and backlash she has received last year due to the nepotism tag, Janhvi said that she is proud of her journey. The young actress also revealed that she has learned never to take praise and backlash seriously.

Meanwhile, Roohi also stars Rajkummar Rao and Varun Sharma. The horror-comedy is produced by Dinesh Vijan and helmed by Hardik Mehta.

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