Team Abraxas recently caught up with the Bollywood stars for a quick interview
How did Bollywood happen to you?
I was in Delhi modelling for an agency called Elite where we auditioned for this particular film for which I went to Mumbai. It was an ad-lab production work and that was about 7 years ago but I worked and that is where I started off and from then onwards I made the decision that I am going to stay back in Mumbai, try and learn about film making and that’s how film direction happened and then My Name Is Khan happened where I was the Associate Director and before that Dostana. I was in one song of Dostana and then I got My Name Is Khan because of that and then I auditioned for Student Of The Year and we are here today.
Do you want your image to be changing or be restricted to just a romantic actor?’
I actually do not really have an image. I think if I set the trend right now then maybe I open up to different things and hopefully I won’t be typecast. As an actor I would not want to be restricted to one role. Even today I think if you be the same every 6 months I think the audience wouldn’t let you be and they will criticise you for that and I think I’ll be more conscious of it as when I was an audience before I would sometimes feel that the actors are just doing the same thing and not up for experimenting and today when I am an actor I would not want to be like that. It also keeps exciting us if we keep doing new things every 6 months. If we just keep doing the same things every 6 months then we cannot blame the audience for calling us boring at times.
Who do you admire the most?
In recent times, I would say I am a big RanbirKapoor fan. I don’t know if I have told him but I love him for Barfias well YehJawaniHaiDeewani. I also found Arjun’s acting to be good in 2 States. So yeah everybody is in an exciting phase, we are all doing different kinds of work and we are all lucky that we are getting chances to prove our versatility as actors.
How do you take competition with the other actors of your genre?
I feel none of us treat competitions as a burden anymore since we are born into and brought up in an environment where we have to face this, so of course, we get a chance to improve in a healthy competition. There’s no pressure while you are performing to be better than the others – the only pressure is being convincing when you play the character that is so different from anything you’ve done.
How do you take criticism?
I reply to criticism by my actions instead of words. I feel it’s odd to sometimes justify things because everybody has their own opinions, you cannot please everyone in the creative world. There will always be people who don’t like what you do. The only answer to that is to let your actions speak for themselves. When I landed the role of Ek Villain people thought I couldn’t do such a role. The criticism I received was that I am a limited actor. So instead of giving an interview or saying something, I just let Ek Villain answer that question.
How do you choose the script? What do you look for in it?
I look at the words written on it, the contract and I chat with the director. I think it instantly works for me because even if he describes one thing to you, you can decide if he’s really passionate about it. If he is really clear about it, you want to send the message across that you know he’ll be making the film for the right reasons. And then stick to them.
What are the kinds of films that you want to do in future? Is there any particular genre?
The next few films I’m doing are very exciting for me, for I am getting to play a fighter and after that there is the remake of an English film Warrior and after that I get to play the role I have always wanted to play – that of a bad superhero.
You seem to give away the elements of an angry young man, like those of the initial days of Amitabh Bachchan. What do you have to say about that?
I have seen his early films, and it’s not like I would want to be somebody. Hopefully I would have my own unique identity and style of performing. I think that’s a compliment but it is not fair to him because he is a senior and has done so much work – I have too little experience to be compared to him. Inspiration of any kind of reference in my head would be like what I noticed between what SRK did in Darr or what Sanjay Dutt did in Khalnayak, both the heroes played negative characters. They are doing bad and mean things but they are still likeable. You know you never used to hate them on screen. So I think that quality is very amazing and I have that one reference in my head – if I am doing negative things, I shouldn’t push the bar so much of the hard hearted character that you justify your actions.
Is there any film which you wish you had done?
Barfi.Barfiwas very unique, I wish I had no dialogue in the film and it was just four pages and Ranbir would just go and said there was a dialogue I don’t remember which was like you just perform like you are performing with everything else – mind, body and tongue.
A very few actresses were able to leave a mark in the Bollywood with their first film. KritiSanon was one amongst a few who not even impressed critics with her performance in her debut film Heropanti, but she even managed to almost steal a limelight from his co star Tiger Shroff. With the ‘girl next door’ image and with the acting skills, no doubt the future of Kriti looks promising.
Here are the excerpts from the interview:
An engineering graduate in Electronics and an Academic ranker with high scores… How modelling happened to you?
(Smiles) I was a studious student. During my engineering days, my friends often told me that I got the body and the height and that I should try modelling. Initially, I never wanted but during my second year I started modelling and TV commercials. I started it as a hobby. But I found that shooting ads was something that I truly enjoyed. I loved entire process of shooting and facing the camera. When finished my B Tech,I had two job offers. I also gave my GMAT entrance for MBA abroad. My GMAT result is valid for five years, so I knew I could fall back on it till then But I wanted to pursue modelling. My father was working in Mumbai then. So I moved here. Thanks to my family. It’s because of their support, I could pursue this.
About 100 girls were auditioned for Heropanti. When I was called for a narration by Sabbir-sir (Sabbir Khan, the director), I started reacting to Dimpy, my character. Then after a few days I was called for a look-test. After this, there was a screen-test and audition jointly with Tiger. When that was done, I sat in Sabbir-sir’s car and he told me, ‘We are going to SajidNadiadwala’s office’. On that very day, within 10 minutes, I had signed the film.
Who was more encouraging in your family?
My mom was encouraging, but dad was protective — as the film industry was not known to be exactly the best place for newcomers without any film connections.
Is it true that the film industry takes its own time to accept new talent and give newcomers a break? What’s your take?
There had been offers before Heropantitoo. I had an offer from Dharma Productions, but the film was a multi-starrer and there was hardly anything to do (for that character). I didn’t accept that because I felt it’s fine to act in a multi-starrer once you have proven yourself as an actor, but perhaps not in your first film. There are so many newcomers who just come and go, and not many take notice. But I don’t want mine to be like that. I must have the right platforms to show my talent. I am happy that there are good roles written for women, and that today’s young actresses are selective and have made a space of their own. I think I got lucky with the role in my debut film, because it gave me something important to do in it.
As a child did you admire any actress?
Yes, I am a huge Madhuri Dixit fan since Hum AapkeHainKoun! I used to dance on AnkhiyaanMilaaoon from Raja my growing-up years.
Did you take any professional training in dance?
My mom has learnt classical dance, and for five years from the time I was eight years old, I have studied Kathak at Delhi’s famous Kathakendra at Mandi House.
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