Nandini Shrikent has a Post Graduate Diploma in Social Communication Media (SCM) from Mumbai. Like most of the Casting Directors, Nandini joined the profession coincidently and in her case, it was
who played the role of giving Nandini a chance to explore as a Casting Director. Nandini had started as an Assistant Director but later, made a shift to Casting. She still assists the Directors and is well known in the Bollywood industry. Nandini is in this business from considerably a long time but it was that one internship she recalls, under Govind Nihlani in Takshak which helped her to make right choices in Bollywood.
Nandini was responsible for casting the entire cast for her first ever project for
’s Lakshya. It was her first gig and she had to cast all the soldiers in the movie who were about seventy. She took this up as a challenge and the results obviously paid off. She claims that most of her movies that she worked as a Casting Director has faired well in the box office with few exceptions like
Luck By Chance
but she still stands proudly about her choice of actors.
She explains the process of Casting as reading the script ,discussing with Director, getting an idea of what the Director wants and begin taking auditions. Her suggestion to the newcomers is to have patience and perseverance. She advises them to practice every day and insists on keeping it neat and natural with an optimistic approach to the whole ‘getting the big break’ scenario.
Nandini is seen working closely with Excel Entertainment. She is responsible for successful and eye-catching cast in movies like Dil Dhadaknedo Do, and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. She was much appreciated for her casting in Zoya Akhtar’s
Dil Dhadakne Do
, for having wonderful and a long line of the cast which included
, Farhan Akhtar,
and Ranvir Singh.
Nandini has also done some projects for Dharma Productions for
as Casting Director and cast for Student Of The Year among others. She started with Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham as AD with Karan and she was successful with all her projects with Dharma Productions. However, it is said that Nandini was in long search of a new face, a new talent for Students Of The Year, and Karan Johar came into the picture and it was him who brought up
and suggested her for the female lead.
The honor of casting for the infamous and Oscar-winning movie Life Of Pie is credited to Shruti and her skills over the years and her knack for finding the right ‘fit’ was clearly visible. This gives Nandini that edge of working with Bollywood and Hollywood. She has experience in casting a couple of Hollywood films and also sought after for advertisements and Hindi serials for television. This is one versatile persona who kicked off her career in early 2000 and recently completed her latest project Basmati Blues and The Valley. Having a Casting department in a movie house reduces the burden of finding the actors for each role considerably says Nandini.
Nandini seeks perfection in her line of work and she is irked if she does not get the right actor even if it is for a supporting role in casting. She believes that her job is the most important one as she is the connecting medium between the roles (Director’s vision) and the actors and it is her search for perfection that has got her going strong in the industry. She is a calm person on most of the days and with patience, she gives the opportunity for the actor to take the audition and read the lines. She strongly feels in not giving up until she gets a perfect actor.
This forty-year-old actor is married to NH10 actor
(33) in 2013 and is said to have a happy life with him. Neil and Nandini were dating for quite long and they got hitched accordingly. Though there were talks about the age gap between the two, it did not seem to bother them. He journey continues with several projects in hand and she wishes to direct one day.