‘The fate of my films is beyond my control’

Debarati Palit Singh
Monday, 26 February 2018

Kriti Kharbanda talks about her upcoming film Veerey Ki Wedding, her co-stars and why she isn’t disappointed with the fate of her last two releases

In terms of box-office success, 2017 hasn’t been a great year for Kriti Kharbanda. Both her films Guests Iin London and Shaadi Main Zaroor Anna received mixed reactions at the box office. But the pretty actress isn’t disappointed. “In fact, Guests Iin London got a great response for me. As for Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana, it was one of the biggest films of my career. Having worked with Rajkummar Rao and still getting noticed was a big deal for me. The first one week was very slow but the industry knows that the film went on to make 20-22 crores at the box office, which was a big achievement for us considering our budget. In my head whether the world likes it or not, the film was a hit,” she says, adding that her life has changed post the Rajkumar Rao-starrer.  “That’s because I personally believe that Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana was one of my best performances and film is very close to my heart.” 

The actress is back promoting her next — Veerey Ki Wedding – starring Pulkit Samrat and Jimmy Shergill. Directed by Ashu Trikha, the film is releasing on March 2. Kriti shares that it is a comedy-drama to watch with your family. “It’s believed that marriages are about two families coming together, and the father of the bride always thinks that no guy is ever good enough for his daughter. In this film, my character Geet is trying to present Veer (Pulkit) as the perfect guy in front of her father but unfortunately he is not. Having said that, Veer is not a bad guy either. When Geet’s father isn’t convinced, she decides to go against his wishes and marries Veer,” she shares. 

Interestingly, Kriti stars in films that revolve around wedding. Is wedding the flavour of her life? Kriti laughs as she says, “I think as a child I sent this energy out to the universe because whenever anyone asked me what I was doing in life about three-four years back, I would say I’ll get married and have kids. I had sent message to the universe that I want to become a bride, but god said that in real life, there’s still time. So I became a bride on screen. I can dress up as I like. I am experimenting with different looks and trying to decide what will actually look good on my wedding day in real life. Now I have realised that pyjamas are the best,” she chuckles. 

Talking about her experience of working with Jimmy and Pulkit, she says, “I have worked with Jimmy sir in the past. We have shot two back-to-back ad films together. When we met after five years, the ice broke instantly. Everyone knows that he is one of the talented actors our country has. I think his biggest asset is his voice, and his dialogue delivery is outstanding. All of us used to spend a lot of time looking at the monitor because you never know where you will learn what.” 

She adds that Pulkit is a technically advanced and intelligent actor. “He doesn’t talk too much but he is very sorted. He never gives a third take. When I meet people who are equally passionate about the profession, it makes me happy because I put my soul into this job,” says Kriti who recently shot for an ad film with Siddharth Malhotra. 

Is she nervous about the release of the film? “I am worried, but in a positive way.  It’s the kind of nervousness that you feel before the release of every film. The truth is that the fate of my films is beyond my control, so I try not to think about it. I’d rather focus on making my craft better,” she says. 

We mostly get to see her play the girl-next-door on screen. But she feels differently. “Only today I got out of a narration where the role offered to me was completely different from what people perceive me to be,” she reveals. 

Well, girl-next-door or not, Kriti says she is happy with the kind of films she’s getting. 

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