Aditi Rao Hydari has worked with Bollywood’s top directors, including her most recent role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’ (2018). She is working with ace director Mani Ratnam for the second time in the Tamil film, ‘Chekka Chivantha Vaanam’. Hydari admits that if she’s given the chance, she would like to act in every Mani Ratnam film, and feels that working with him and Bhansali has been a life changing experience for her.
Hydari spoke to Mirror, and said, “I’m Mani sir’s biggest fan and could talk about him endlessly. Mani sir not only challenges you but also nurtures you. He’s a mentor in the true sense. I don’t even go to the van to change. Mani sir runs a tight ship but his unit is like one big family and working with him for the second time feels like a homecoming. The work is challenging, but given a chance, I’d do every Mani Ratnam film. Working with him and Sanjay sir have been a life-changing experience.”
Hydari will supposedly be working with Ratnam for the third time, but says she is hoping for the best. “I hope you are right. When I hear words like these, my heart fills with joy. I wanted to be an actress after I saw Manisha Koirala’s song “Kehna Hi Kya” in Bombay. I was a kid then, didn’t know much about cinema or how great Mani sir was, but I still wanted to jump into the frame. That I’m actually living that dream today makes me want to work harder so I can do more films with Mani sir.”
Hydari’s next Bollywood release will be ‘Daas Dev’, slated to release on 20th April.