Speaking about marking her presence in Bollywood, Hyadri feels that it's all falling into place. (JPN/Agencies)
“I am happy that I have my own place now. I want to be known as an actress who is irreplaceable. What is mine must only be mine," said Aditi, who will be seen in distinctive roles in ‘Guddu Rangeela’ and ‘The Legend of Michael Mishra’.
It has taken Aditi a while to find her bearings in the film industry ever since she came here in 2006. She has been finalized opposite Farhan Akhtar in Bejoy Nambiar's yet untitled film. That's the leap in her career Aditi was waiting for impatiently.
Aditi, who was starred in ‘Yeh Saali Zindagi’ and ‘Delhi-6’, feels it's a disadvantage to be an outsider in Bollywood.
"Not that anyone takes advantage of you. I firmly believe the way one is treated depends on one's conduct and intentions. Of course, men will look at you in a certain way if you are single and attractive. I believe most men behave strangely with women when their wives and girlfriends are not watching," she added.
Aditi also said that the Hindi film industry should give equal opportunities to the raw talent.
"I am not saying don't favour actors and actresses from within the industry. Why not? Lineage advantage is a given rule in every sector. Children of potters and entrepreneurs go into the family profession. Likewise, star kids. But at the same time, I think non-industry strugglers also deserve a chance. So there should be equal opportunities. Let us outsiders prove ourselves. For that, we need the roles."
The actress, who was also seen in "Rockstar" and "London Paris New York", always felt over-qualified during her period of struggle.
"I don't know what it was about me. I was told it was a problem of slotting me. You are a complete package. I don't know how to use you in my film. I'd hear this many times. It took a long time to find out they meant - I'm good looking and talented and I could sing and dance. So they didn't know which of my skills to use.”
Aditi said she lacked experience - the required lineage and the diplomatic skills - to make her way through the film industry.
"I may come from a very distinguished background. But that meant zilch to my career in Mumbai. No producer would give me a role just because my great grand-uncle was the governor of Assam or my great grandfather was royalty. I mean, who the hell cares where I came from?" she said.
"I was a raw newcomer with no one to tell me what to do. On top of that, I had no connections within the film industry. Nor could hold a drink in my hand and mouth pleasantries at parties," Aditi added.
Speaking about marking her presence in Bollywood, Hyadri feels that it's all falling into place.