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Interview By: ANKITA R. KANABAR

With a number of hit films in her kitty, Kriti Sanon has rose to fame and how! She’s gotten a huge fan following and worthwhile films to her credit in no time and looks like, the lady is here to say. Her latest release, ‘Arjun Patiala’ sees her as a reporter, along with actors like Diljit Dosanjh and Varun Sharma. A full-on comedy which she enjoyed thoroughly – Kriti dressed in a black outfit looking stunning as always – settles down for a chart about the film and more. Excerpts:

How did you prepare for playing a reporter in ‘Arjun Patiala’?
Any reporter has two sides, one is when the camera is on, and the other is when they’re themselves off-camera. I was playing both, so I started watching news channels at that point. The reporters from small towns have a unique way of reporting, I was trying to see and adapt to that a little bit. But we had a lot of bloopers because it’s a comedy film. There were a lot of bloopers, and infact, I used some as props in the film before and after the scene.

How was it doing this tone of comedy?
It’s a very different kind of comedy, but I feel comedy is tougher because it’s not the way you talk. To make that over-the-top feel believable is very tough. I feel like, it was different for me. There were a lot of scenes where I felt like, I hope I’m doing it right. I’m just trying to learn and get better. I have wonderful actors around me who make comedy so easy. In ‘Housefull 4’ also, I hope I’ve picked up from Akshay and Riteish, who are amazing with their comic timing. I am trying to do the best I can.

Have you gotten better with comedy with ‘LukkaChuppi’, ‘Arjun Patiala’, and then ‘Housefull 4’?
Every time it depends on the situation. When you are surrounded by good actors, it automatically transfers to your performance. For me, comedy is a lot about reactions. I might not be cracking a joke, but you might find it funny because of how I react. I personally like, that kind of comedy a lot, which is what was also there in ‘LukkaChuppi’. I try and make it funny. I have a thing for comedy, I agree. Then, ‘Arjun Patiala’ and ‘Housefull 4’ aren’t subtle at all.

So far, most of the films you’ve done so far, have been well received. How do you feel about that?
I feel fortunate and blessed that people have liked the films I’ve done. I think, whenever your film does well and connects with the audience, it somewhere gives you a little bit of confidence that maybe I’m going on the right track or my gut feeling is matching with the audience. If I’m liking a script, there are chances that the audience is also going to like it.

At what point do you feel that what you’re picking up is a right choice to make?
I’m still not sure of what I’m picking. But, going with the gut is the only way. These days we have so many mediums coming up, so much content available. So, it’s become tricky because people don’t like average anymore. So, you have to just go with your gut feeling that if you liked reading it then let’s do it.

What is it that attracted you towards small-town roles?
I had done all those dreamy things – wearing chiffon sarees and glamourous outfits. Those were tick marks I had already done. But as an actor you have to variate. When I heard ‘Bareli Ki Barfi’ and Bitti Mishra as a character, in the first 20 minutes, I was sure that I had not done something like this, and something like this would not come my way again. That’s what excites you. There was a time when everyone was going out, to Europe, Switzerland, but these days, most films are going to the roots. It’s good content which ultimately matters. I feel that your character should make a difference to the story, and be relevant to it, even if it’s four scenes.

“Someone just needs to have faith in the actor in you, not how you look on ramp or whatever”

Have you discovered your method so far?
I still don’t know what my method is. In my first film, I didn’t do workshops or anything. In the first film, I had just had a fight on phone with someone in the van. I came on set and I had an emotional scene. I was like, let’s try this. People say you should go back to your own memories so I thought, let me think about the fight. Nothing happened. So, I realised, it doesn’t work for me. Then I thought about what the character has gone through and that worked. I try and be in the zone of the character, that works for me more. For dialects also, I tried that first with ‘Bareily Ki Barfi’. When I went to Lucknow to see where Bitti stays and all. I met these twenty girls in a college and just chatted with them for two hours. Then they opened up so much, that they were discussing their boyfriends with me. Just listening to them, made me understand how these girls are. That helped me, consciously or unconsciously. You don’t know what helps you or not. Sometimes, some things are just subconscious.

How do you feel about aboutthese different film-makers are approaching you? For example, AshutoshGowarikar for ‘Panipat’ or Rahul Dholakia’s film which has you as the solo lead.
It’s a mixed feeling. You obviously feel great that a film-maker trusts you and can put the whole film on your shoulders. Along with that, it’s a bit of a scary feeling that it’s only me so I can’t rely on anyone else or blame anyone else. It’s also very exciting because then you get to do a lot more as an actor, theirs is so much scope to perform. I’m very happy that a lot of films with female protagonists are being written these days. I myself got 10 offers of films with female protagonists in the last two months. Even if I’m not able to do all for whatever the reason might be, I’m just so thrilled that people are writing these films.

The fact that you are being known for small-town roles, don’t you think it’s a big win for you as an actor considering that off-screen you have this glamourous image?
It is, because I remember, many people told me before ‘Bareily Ki Barfi’ that, how can you look like a girl from Bareily. People told Ashwini that are you sure about the casting. So, when the same people feel so convinced about so many small town character I’ve played, it obviously feels great. To be honest, I’m not so glamourous at home. I think I’m very simple and middle-class in general and that’s how I’ve lead my life so far. Somewhere, I feel the relatability comes from there and I feel that hair-make-up-costume, can change you into anything that you want to be. Someone just needs to have faith in the actor in you, not how you look on ramp or whatever.

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