In a recent conversation with Shalini Pandey, the acclaimed actor opened up about her thoughts on the much-anticipated teaser of Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s upcoming gangster drama, “Animal.” She also shared some intriguing details about her relationship with the director and her future endeavors in the film industry.
The teaser of “Animal,” Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s second Hindi directorial project, has been making waves in the entertainment industry, leaving audiences eager for more. It offers a glimpse into the complex father-son relationship between Ranbir Kapoor and Anil Kapoor and introduces the enigmatic character portrayed by Bobby Deol, sparking numerous discussions and debates. Additionally, two songs, “Satranga” and “Hua Main,” have been released, showcasing Ranbir Kapoor’s sizzling chemistry with Rashmika Mandanna, who plays his love interest.
Shalini Pandey, who made her mark in Sandeep’s earlier work, “Arjun Reddy” (2017), revealed, “I’ve seen the teaser of Animal. In fact, Sandeep showed it to me before it got released. I texted him also, and we had a chat over it.” She commended Sandeep’s unique directorial style, stating, “We all know that Sandeep is a very impactful director. It’s not his story or the characters that are amazing but the way he envisions a film and shoots it creates an impact. That’s what also happened with the teaser of Animal.”
Shalini shared her admiration for the filmmaker and hinted at the possibility of collaborating with him in the future, saying, “There’s nothing as of now. But Sandeep is a very dear friend, and I started my career with him. I’ll always have that respect for him, and the bond we share will always remain special.” She also expressed her willingness to work with him again, explaining, “We’re very honest with each other about our individual works. If he thinks that I can play a character written by him, and I feel excited by something he writes, I’m sure we’ll work together. We’ve that easiness to reach out to each other, and I would love that.”
Shalini’s upcoming projects include “Maharaj,” in which she stars alongside Aamir Khan’s son Junaid Khan, and a web series featuring the legendary Shabana Azmi. While her Hindi theatrical debut, “Jayeshbhai Jordaar,” didn’t receive the anticipated acclaim from the audience and critics, she remains content with the diverse roles coming her way. She expressed her passion for acting, stating, “I love being in front of the camera and playing different characters. It makes me feel alive.” Shalini highlighted her dedication to her craft, even when faced with challenges, saying, “I don’t think I ever felt overwhelmed. I only feel so when I fall sick during work sometimes. Even then, I push myself despite feeling very tired.”
Shalini Pandey’s journey into acting, from a background in engineering, is a testament to her determination and passion for the craft. She emphasized the significance of her acting career, revealing, “I always wanted to be an actor. I was pursuing engineering, and I had to convince my parents that I wanted to act. So, for me, it’s a big deal to become an actor. In my first few years when I was staying in Hyderabad and going to Chennai for work, I was juggling between so many things but it only gave me a lot of joy.”
Shalini Pandey’s insights into the “Animal” teaser and her relationship with Sandeep Reddy Vanga, along with her enthusiasm for diverse roles in the film industry, reflect her passion and dedication to her craft. Her journey from engineering to acting serves as an inspiring tale of pursuing one’s dreams with unwavering determination.