Shalini Pandey might be a newcomer for most, especially for those who haven’t watched her movies from the South. The actress who made her dazzling Bollywood debut alongside Ranveer Singh in Jayeshbhai Jordaar has finally set to explore her charm in Bollywood after delivering many hits in the South film industry. While the film itself didn’t perform that well, and tanked at the box office, audiences lauded Ranveer for his exceptional acting skills and Shalini, for delivering a great debut!
Shalini, who wishes to be one of the best actors in the country, is grateful for all the appreciation she has received from film critics. She knows she has to “make every opportunity count” if she has to fulfil her desire to be ‘one of the best actors in the country! Talking further about the movie, Shalini shared how she took a rather ‘bold’ choice for ‘Jayeshbhai Jordaar’.
“A lot of people have called my big-screen debut in Bollywood a bold choice because I’m pregnant in the film. It is true that I had to be a certain body type to look convincing as a pregnant woman. It is true that most would choose a glitzier debut and look their best. But I’m not one of them. I have always focused on doing roles that have something to say, something to do or some impact to make. For me, the fact that my character is pregnant was not of any concern” she said.
She shared how it’s the message which gets delivered, that’s more important to her than the character she plays. “It’s the character that matters for me because she has something relevant and important to say. I am very proud of this part and I have given it my best. I’m here to make my destiny on my own terms and I’m aspiring to be one of the best actors in the country. So, for me, what matters the most is that people have loved my performance. They have found me formidable on-screen and that too opposite someone like Ranveer Singh, who is truly a chameleon and probably the best actor of our country today” she added.
Despite being a part of many Super-Hit South movies, like Arjun Reddy starring Vijay Deverakonda, Shalini reveals how she wants to be known as an actor who brings something new on the screen every time, with her films, rather than an actor who just looks good.
“I want to be known for my talent and not just how I look on screen or off it. It doesn’t excite me if someone says that I’m only looking good. I want everyone in the industry to say that Shalini brings something new on-screen. They should be excited to cast me because I can be a great performer. I’m devoting all my time to preparing myself for my next” she said.
Shalini’s next Bollywood project with Anurag Kashyap, ‘Bamfaad’, is said to be released in December 2022.