‘It’s taken a few films to get me here’

Debarati Palit Singh
Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Kiara Advani, who is being appreciated for her role in Netflix’s anthology Lust Stories, says that she had the good fortune to be directed by Karan Johar. She dreams to work in his production house as well

Netflix’s latest anthology Lust Stories is making headlines. Those who have liked it can’t stop raving about its content and have also appreciated the choice of actors in it. One such actor who has walked away with all the appreciation and praise is Kiara Advani, who starred in Karan Johar’s short film about young women with an unsatisfied sexual life. 

Congratulate her on receiving such a positive response for her role in Lust Stories and she replies, “To be loved unanimously by the critics and the audience is so fulfilling and motivating. It’s taken a few films to get me here. It’s only the beginning and I really hope I can keep surprising people with the roles I play.”

However, there was one scene in the film, which raised eyebrows — Kiara’s masturbation scene. Recently, Swara Bhaskar was trolled for a similar scene in Veere Di Wedding. Does she feel that we as a society forget that women too can have sexual desires? Says Kiara, “Cinema is also a mirror of society and reality. It’s a start and it can only get better from here.” 

But was it difficult approaching the scene, we ask?  “As an actor, it’s as challenging as any other intense emotion. We discussed the beats and nuances required in the scenes and I followed my director’s vision. The newness and innocence of the situation in the film also helped. I could connect with that,” she says.    

The anthology has four short film segments directed by four different directors — Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Karan. 

Kiara is also working with Karan on Kalank in which she has a special role. So how was it collaborating with him for Lust Stories and now Kalank? The Machine actress says that it’s not so often that one gets an opportunity like this. “He believed I could pull this off and I went with his faith in me and completely surrendered to his vision,” she adds.  

There are rumours about Karan signing her in a full-length feature film to be produced by Dharma Productions, to which the actress replies, “I’ve had the good fortune to be directed by him. It’ll be a dream to work in his production house as well.”

Kiara, who has worked in Bollywood and down South, doesn’t see any difference while working on an anthology vis-a-vis a full-length feature film. “A film is a film. The work that goes into making it is the same and everyone works equally hard whether it’s an ad film, a feature film or an anthology,” she quips.  

Kiara’s first Telugu film, Bharat Ane Nenu opposite Mahesh Babu, which released recently is a huge hit. She says that after the overwhelming response she received for her first Telugu film, she has taken up her second South film with Ram Charan. “The shooting for the same has begun and we are working hard to get ready for a Sankranti release in 2019,” concludes Kiara.

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