Her recent bikini photos reminded us of Doctor No. Ursula Andress. Looking like a real sea nymph, she flaunted her pilates-toned figure in all its splendor and raised the temperature on the picturesque Positano beach. . She surely has a magnificent figure and a face to match. But there is more to Vaani Kapoor than being a Hellenic beauty. Otherwise, she would not have obtained a three-film contract with Yash Raj Films. She made us sit and notice her histrionics in her first film Shuddh Desi Romance, and swore us with her sassiness at Befikre. In superhit war, she plays the bomb ready to distract our minds from the macho bromance that is brewing between Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff. And by looking at the social media frenzy surrounding her exuberant photos, she certainly won the battle. Presentation of extracts from a frank conversation with the beautiful diva, who paved the way for success …
What made you take such a long break after Befikre?
I’m picky. I was offered some scripts. But I felt that something was wrong with them. I did not feel passionate about them.
I have been like this in my professional and personal life. Even when it comes to friends, there is only a handful that I welcome into my life. They know me thoroughly. I am quality oriented rather than quantity. It’s not like I’m a mega star, who has many scripts to choose from. Nevertheless, I thought it was better to wait for something interesting.
What appealed to you in War, despite the fact that it was voiced by two male stars?
Each project has a different scenario. I don’t want to prove a point by saying that I will only make a film where I have the meatiest part. Today, there is an emergence of films directed by women and incredible content. War offered me the opportunity to play an important character in front of such brilliant performers as Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff.
I didn’t want to miss it.
How did it work with Hrithik and Tiger?
Unbelievable. Hrithik is so lively and intelligent. He knows exactly what works. When it comes to hard work and effort, it leaves no stone unturned. The tiger is polished and soft. Both are phenomenal, they inspire you. They have the desire to excel. Their hunger is insatiable.
How did it work with director Siddharth Anand?
Sid is the coolest. I feel that he is my age. Usually, I never come across the sets when I don’t have to shoot. But Sid’s set is the only one, I would fall on it even if Hrithik and Tiger were shooting.
I also felt relaxed working with Sid. We have formed a group on WhatsApp, which we continue to discuss. Sid is easy going but he could make a film, which is so much bigger than life speaks of his talent.
Was it fun to venture into the action genre?
I like the action. I love watching action movies. I loved Naked Weapon, Charlie’s Angels, all the superhero movies. In Hindi cinema, I like to watch Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff in action. I loved the Dhoom series.
In action movies, there is not much to do for an actress …
Now the scenario has changed, where heroines also have fleshy roles. Films focusing on women are in progress. As you have seen, Sid presented me in a different way. It’s a side never explored before.
What is fascinating about being an actor?
The fact that I can express myself in a way that I might not have imagined. As a person, I am not overtly expressive. But I feel comfortable expressing myself as a character. Cinema is magic. You can be part of so many incredible stories. I don’t see myself doing anything else.
Do you feel threatened by competition?
I just feed what I have, regardless of what others do. It is not the right way to look at it. It’s good that many have the opportunity to show off their talent. It is encouraging to note that the filmmakers are ready to bet their chances on the newcomers today.
Tell us about your association with Yash Raj Films.
I was a model in Delhi. I came to Mumbai for an advertising campaign. Some auditions were held at the YRF. I went there. Shanoo (Sharma) and I had a two hour conversation. She made me dance another two hours. then
I had a flight to catch. She asked me to stay back while they auditioned girls for a big project. I said
I had neither housing nor finances. believed nothing would come of it. I couldn’t wait to get back. But then they took me down. They made arrangements for my stay. I realized they were real people. Finally, I passed the auditions.
How were the first days?
I gave a crazy number of auditions before Shuddh Desi Romance and Befikre. Director Maneesh Sharma is extremely special. He likes to be 100% sure before taking someone. The series of auditions before being finally selected is stressful. Getting every audition while you are constantly being judged is difficult.
Have you been intimidated by Aditya Chopra?
Not at all…. Adi is cool. He is wonderful. I was afraid of Maneesh. He doubted I could play Tara in Shuddh Desi Romance. At first, I couldn’t understand the character. I had trouble understanding his motivations. But Maneesh made it possible for me. I am proud of Shuddh …
The best advice Aditya Chopra has given you …
Adi just says to be who you are. Never break under pressure or do anything that your heart doesn’t agree with or that you don’t feel good about. There will always be people who will tell you that you have to do this, you have to do it. You should be more visible, more social … such voices are constantly present. But you have to keep doing what comes to you organically. Adi believes that eventually you will attract like-minded people. People who appreciate you for the kind of work you do.
You are hardly seen on the social circuit. Do you have friends in the industry?
I don’t know the industry well. I’m in my cocoon, I don’t socialize much. I have friends. Ayushmann Khurrana is sweet. Anushka Sharma and I spent time together. Ranveer Singh is a nice person. Maneesh is a friend. My support system is Shanoo, who is always there for me. She is like an older sister. I can count on it. I ask Adi for advice. He’s the best mentor I could have