Janhvi Kapoor think it’s weird when people look at movies with female protagonists as exceptions. The actor who stars in the upcoming thriller Militaryonly have one question to ask: If the movie was titled Milan instead, would a male actor make it feel the same way?
In an interview with CNN-News18, Janhvi, who has headlined films like Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl and Good Luck Jerry, said, “I have done a couple of films where the protagonist of the film is a female character and I play it. quite a bit. Whenever I tell people about these movies, they always address it like it’s an anomaly.
“Like, ‘Oh, you’re making a female-oriented film.’ If Mili was Milan, you’d ask the actor, you’re making a male-oriented film, how do you feel about that? It’s weird and sad,” she added.
Janhvi Kapoor says it’s empowering to see audiences embracing good storytelling, even though there are people who still want to ask her who the male star of the film is. “At the end of the day, we’re just telling stories about characters, regardless of genre. I hope that attitude changes. So many times when I do this film, I am asked, ‘Oh hero kaun hai?’ and I answer: Me.
“It’s extremely empowering that so many people and audiences right now are gravitating toward just stories. You make a good movie and the movie is the hero, not the man or the woman in it,” she added.
Mili is the Hindi remake of the Malayalam film Helen. The Mathukutty Xavier directorial also stars Manoj Pahwa and Sunny Kaushal. It is scheduled to premiere in theaters on November 4.