“I am a little nervous, ‘Tuesdays and Fridays’ releases this Friday, so I have the pre-release jitters,” admits Jhataleka, kicking off the dialog. But quickly her magnificence queen instincts kick in and she lets us in on her childhood desires and aspirations. Ask her if she had imagined making her movie debut with a rom-com and she would not miss a beat earlier than replying, “I’ve always been fascinated by rom-coms and have binge-watched them through the years but never thought I will be making my debut with one. I am grateful that I landed this chance and film because I have loved watching the genre and it has only become more interesting now that I am a part of something I understand and relate to.”
Talking about some of her favorite romances, Jhataleka rattles off, “‘Hum Tum’, ‘Salaam Namaste’, ‘Tara Rum Pum Pum’–I remember they all came one after the other. Of course, at the same time there were ‘Love Actually’ and ‘No Strings Attached’ too”. Getting a break in Bollywood could seem to be a dream retreating, however for Jhataleka it has always been a piece in progress. “Acting is something I always knew I wanted to do. I remember talking about it only after giving my board exams, when you have a general conversation with your parents about your career. That’s when I told them ‘I want to become an actress,” she remembers.
Only a number of controversies in the past, we discovered that chasing filmi desires was not a simple activity, particularly when one is just not from the movie trade. But Jhataleka got here ready. “I knew that it was going to take me a while to figure out how to get into the industry because I don’t have any name attached or any link within the industry. Charting out my future was what I would have to do myself. I enrolled in workshops right then and focussed on becoming an actress, which is how Miss India happened,” factors out the debutante, including, “Normally people think that you get into Miss India and then become an actress eventually, but for me, it was the other way around. I knew that I always wanted to be an actress and went into the pageant knowing my goals”.
Although taking the tried-and-tested path to showbiz like many different magnificence queens earlier than her, she acknowledges that it was ‘Desi Girl’ Priyanka Chopra’s journey that particularly inspired her. “I’ve always been inspired by Priyanka Chopra’s journey – the way she won the beauty pageant and got into the industry. Somewhere in her journey, she got this strength and confidence, which is something I have always been watching and it has motivated me on my own journey,” she admits.
As she is now poised to cross the brink into the glamorous world of movies, is there a childhood reminiscence that she now seems to be again and laughs about? “I have home videos that prove how fond I have always been of the camera. I remember I would always find myself in front of the mirror, trying to enact some song or dance of Madhuri Dixit,” she chuckles, including, “Then there was a whole Kareena Kapoor Khan phase too when Poo happened and there have been so many instances in my childhood when I enacted scenes from ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’”. Jhataleka additionally did not have issues dealing with the digicam as a result of, as she places it, “I’ve had this long love affair with the camera, and I owe it all to my brother. He would always put me in front of the camera since I was about 3-4 years old”.
Narrating how she bagged a Bhansali manufacturing, she says she owed all of it to a Gaana.com commercial that set the ball rolling. “Mukesh Chhabra sir saw the ad when it came out and said it was ‘really good’. Around the same time, Mr Bhansali’s production house was looking for new talent to launch. I was recommended by Mr Chhabra and landed a meeting with the CEO of the production house. Cut to a month later, I got a call telling me that Sanjay sir was meeting new faces and that he wanted to meet me as well,” she relays, including, “When I sit and look back at it all, it takes me time to take all this in. I still have to pinch myself to believe that my film is releasing this Friday”.
Speaking about hanging up crackling chemistry with co-star Anmol Thekariaa Dhillon, she says it was “easy”, including, “Anmol and I have known each other for a while because we were a part of the same agency before we landed the meeting with Sanjay sir. We had given a couple of auditions together and would end up practising together. It did help that we knew each other and spent enough time together; it was easier to get into the character and shoot our scenes very comfortably.”
We rounded off our dialog with a fast fast-hearth:
What is your present rom-com obsession?
‘Jane The Virgin’.
A personality or particular person you’ll get right into a contract-relationship with?
Harvey Specter from ‘Suits’.
What could be the phrases and circumstances of this relationship?
On ‘Tuesdays and Fridays’ Harvey can not assume of anybody however Jhataleka.
What is the craziest factor you ever did for love?
The craziest factor I did was making an attempt to play soccer.
What are your future plans?
I hope that there might be fascinating issues developing sooner or later and I can’t wait to share it with you all.