Three years have passed since Vaani Kapoor made her debut in Shuddh Desi Romance (2013) and she has grown a thicker skin, but the earnestness has remained intact, coupled now with a hunger to win. That famed three-film deal with YRF? She’ll have you know it’s nowhere close to the golden ticket it’s made out to be.
“They do not take you on easily. They make you audition for every goddamn film. I have worked my butt off for those parts,” says Kapoor. “But I would rather be part of few good films, than do a dozen that I am not contributing to.” The thought of waiting for those roles doesn’t perturb Kapoor. Her brush with the moshpit that is social media, on the other hand, has shaken her a bit.
The young actor was at the receiving end of internet ire last year with the launch of Befikre’s trailer. There was intense speculation that she’d had cosmetic surgery, and the talk soon turned vile and sexist — as these things so often do. “People prefer being nasty than nice, and they are so impressionable and judgmental. There is too much hate.” She reacted not with defiance or explanations, but by simply letting that wave of unpleasantness ebb on its own.
Catch ELLE cover girl Vaani Kapoor slaying in the breeziest shades of the summer in the gallery above.
Georgette top, cotton trousers; both prices on request, Rahul Mishra. Jute and steel pendant, Rs 13,800, En Inde.
Viscose georgette dress, Rs 30,000, Gauri & Nainika.
Cotton lace dress, Rs 56,433, Peter Pilotto at Stylebop.com. Jacket (worn around the waist), Rs 8,750, Turquoise & Gold. Metal and tortoise shell bracelet, price on request, Dior. Gold-plated brass rings, Rs 5,880 each; both Isharya.
Mesh and jersey crop top, jersey skirt; both prices on request, Fendi.
Organza dress, price on request, Rosie Assoulin.
Photographs: Arjun Mark; Styling: Malini Banerji; Art Direction: Reshma Rajiwdekar; Hair And Make-Up: Daniel Bauer; Production: Parul Menezes; Assisted By Jahnvi Bansal, Amie Banerjee (Styling) and Gravitygrace.com (Production); Location Courtesy: Aquasailindia.com