‘Every character has its own challenges’

Debarati Palit Singh
Friday, 26 April 2019

Kriti Sanon is celebrating the success of Luka Chuppi and is happy that the industry is making many films which are owned by female protagonists 

The first quarter of 2019 has been quite exciting for Kriti Sanon. Her film Luka Chuppi has completed 50 days and has also entered the Rs 100 crore club. Her special dance number Aira Gaira in Kalank has crossed 20 million views on YouTube.

The actress, who played the role of a small town girl in Laxman Utekar’s directorial, says that more than excitement, she feels a lot of gratitude because people are still enjoying the film despite it completing 50 days. 

“The film has been appreciated, done the numbers which were beyond our expectations. People have connected with our characters. It feels very good,” she says. The Dilwale actress believes that her choice of films seem to resonate with viewers. 

Kriti, Alia Bhatt and Kangana Ranaut are the only leading ladies of Bollywood whose films have crossed Rs 100 crore in the first quarter of 2019. But more than the numbers, she says, “When your film becomes successful, a part of you becomes confident. You think, ‘I can do something different in the future’.”

Actresses getting more prominence
Till a few years back, only actors were highlighted when a film became a blockbuster. But today, actresses are considered equally responsible for the success of a film. Sometimes, they carry the film on their shoulders. 

Kriti, who made her debut with Heropanti in 2014, says that it’s a brilliant change. “I think it’s a great change. Slowly, we are making a lot more films which are owned by female protagonists and what’s even more amazing is that audiences are reacting and motivating these films by giving it the numbers. Today, producers are realising that content is king. It doesn’t matter if it’s about male or female protagonists, big or small stars. The biases and differences are blurring,” she says.

Earlier, news reports on social media mentioned that she was  unhappy with Kartik Aryan getting more prominence in Luka Chuppi and being appreciated for the success of the film. Clearing the controversy, Kriti says, “I firstly feel that sometimes the questions are differently framed to what I was asked and my reaction to that. The conversation had started over the mention of female actresses in headlines, which got misconstrued. It was about certain platforms mentioning and calling a particular project as a male actor’s film and forgetting about the female actor. After that, some platforms have become a little more conscious about that. These are petty changes but they can bring in bigger ones.” 

Being critical about her work 
Her role in Bareilly Ki Barfi and Raabta was loved by the audience. However, Kriti is always critical about her craft. “I am never really happy and content with my performance. I think an actor should never be happy with their performance because the moment, we think, ‘I have done it’, we will stop growing. You can always better yourself. When I watch a scene, I think, ‘I could have done it better or in a different way’,” she says.
 
Signing different genres 
The actress believes that since the beginning of her career, she has always been conscious about the content of the projects she signs. “You sign a project when something interests you and it might interest the audience. Different genres have different things to offer. There are some which might not have the best stories but they are so entertainingly written that they may make the audience laugh and then there are pathbreaking films,” she says adding, “A film liked by me may not be liked by you and vice versa. So, it’s important to vary yourself and not get stuck with a particular genre.” 
 
Films in her kitty 
Kriti has some interesting projects lined up this year. She is part of the multi-starrer Housefull 4 directed by Farhad Samji; Panipat directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar; and Arjun Patiala directed by Rohit Jugraj Chauhan. Talking about them, she says, “In Arjun Patiala, I am playing a crime journalist and the film is a little bit of a spoof-ish comedy, very interestingly done. Housefull 4, this time, is about reincarnation, so I am playing two characters and it’s turned out to be hilarious. Panipat is a period drama and I am Parvati Bai, who is married to Sadashivrao Bhau.” 

She says playing a Maharashtrian character in Panipat, is very different for her though she refuses to call it her most challenging role so far. “Every character has its own challenges. But since it’s a Maharashtrian character and not from today’s time, I had to be convincing and also cater to today’s audiences, which makes it a little challenging for me,” she concludes. 
 

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