Rising Star Janki Bodiwala Shares Insights on Working Alongside Bollywood Greats in ‘Shaitaan’


As the film industry buzzes with anticipation, the upcoming supernatural thriller ‘Shaitaan’ has already commenced casting its spell over the movie-going public with its chilling and enthralling preview. The story introduces us to Kabir and his household, whose seemingly idyllic weekend getaway is disrupted by a haunting encounter with an enigmatic newcomer who steps into their abode.

Amidst this backdrop, a fresh face emerges in Bollywood – Janki Bodiwala. In this gripping narrative, she takes on the role of Janvi, the daughter of characters portrayed by Ajay Devgn and Jyotika. This marks Janki’s debut in the Hindi cinema, as she joins the ensemble of ‘Shaitaan’. Even before the film’s release, her portrayal has collected praise, with many signaling a promising start to her career.

Regarding her major film breakthrough, Janki exuded both excitement and a sense of solemn responsibility. “Making my Hindi film debut with ‘Shaitaan’ is nothing short of phenomenal. It’s a blend of exhilaration, anticipation, and the earnest obligation of living up to the moment—of ensuring my performance resonates and, all the while, treasuring this incredible journey,” she said.

Janki did not miss the chance to express her respect and gratitude for her co-stars, including acting powerhouses Ajay Devgn, Jyotika, and R Madhavan. Their mentorship seems to have had a significant impact on her approach to acting. “To work alongside legends in ‘Shaitaan’ has been a profoundly enriching experience,” she asserted. “Not only have their skill and dedication augmented my portrayal, but the knowledge they’ve imparted has been an invaluable asset to my understanding of the acting craft. It is an immense privilege to work hand in hand with such illustrious personalities.”

During the film’s trailer launch, R Madhavan shared his thoughts on his role. “It has been an astounding journey, especially being part of such a stellar team. It pushed the limits of my abilities to the point where the audience is bound to feel the intended fear,” he recounted, revealing a humorous anecdote where his wife now perceives him in a new light following the teaser and has playfully insisted he maintain a certain distance at home.

The team’s interaction with the press also shone a light on the behind-the-scenes camaraderie. Ajay Devgn, wearing the dual hats of actor and co-producer, discussed why he chose not to play the film’s antagonist—a role seemingly tailor-made for him, echoing his earlier successful portrayal in ‘Kaal’ (2005). Devgn relayed an exchange with Madhavan, who questioned Devgn’s decision to pass on the formidable role. “At the outset, Maddy wondered why I didn’t take on that role. My heart was with the father figure—I connected personally and wanted to do justice to that character, even if the other one had its own robust appeal,” Devgn elucidated.

Under the collaborative banner of Jio Studios, Devgn Films, and Panorama Studios, the film ‘Shaitaan’ has been brought to life through the concerted efforts of producers Ajay Devgn, Jyoti Deshpande, Kumar Mangat Pathak, and Abhishek Pathak. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Vikas Bahl, the film is set for a theatrical release on 8th March 2024.

With the stage set for a spine-chilling cinematic experience, ‘Shaitaan’ promises to be a high-tension narrative that intertwines terror with the ordinaries of a familial retreat. As Janki Bodiwala makes her entry into the mainstream Hindi film arena, her interaction with industry stalwarts seems to herald not just a standout performance, but a career shaped by the wisdom of seasoned professionals. The countdown to the premiere of ‘Shaitaan’ is undoubtedly marked with great spectator expectation and industry speculation alike.

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