Aditi Rao is in seventh heaven. In 2017 she got a chance to live out her dream.
“I always dreamt what it would be like to sing with A R Rahman Sir. I got that chance at his One Heart concert in New York. And it was like a dream come true. Of course I was frightened and nervous. But it’s something I’ve always looked forward to.”
Aditi says singing is in her genes. “My mother was a classical vocalist. So I guess I imbibed her talent by osmosis. But having said that I must confess I’ve no training in singing.So what I warble, I do so from feeling not practice.”
Singing with Rahman is not the only dream Aditi realized this year. “I also got to work with my two favourite directors. Ratnam’s Tamil film Kaatru Veliyidai got me a tremendous amount of recognition, and as far as I am concerned, it was a fulfilling experience.As for the other dream director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film(Padmavati) , yes it was a disappointment that the film couldn’t release in 2018. But the thrill of working with Mr Bhansali is undiminished.”
It’s been a year of mixed blessings for the very lovely Aditi Rao. While she got a chance to work with her two favourite directors her big film of the year proved to be a boxoffice disaster.
“You are talking about Bhoomi, of course?” Aditi asserts. “All of us associated with the film had high expectations from the film. I took it on because I wanted to show the audience that a girl from a small town can fight back when pushed to a corner.”
But somewhere Aditi feels the message got drowned . “I feel I was in a different universe from the film’s makers. There were times when I had to intervene and say I won’t do this, or I won’t say this. But in spite of that the film’s actual intentions, or what I thought was the actual intention, got drowned in a lot of noise. But I’ve no regrets about doing Bhoomi. Everything that happens in life is for a reason.”
Unfortunately good performances in unsuccessful films don’t count.Aditi disagrees with that. “I feel I did get good reviews and much appreciation for Bhoomi.And that helped me getting the work that I am going to do in 2018. There are some very exciting project happening. In fact I am preparing for my next film.And I’ll be doing some reading for it on the New Year. But I can’t talk about it.”