VENITA GOMES|NT BUZZ
While actors are often choosy about the films they do, Bollywood actress Kriti Sanon, who debuted opposite Tiger Shroff in ‘Heropanti’, said that it is not always about choosing a film but about the film choosing you. “Many a times what comes to you is never planned. It comes to you out of nowhere, like once in a blue,” she said.
Kriti went to explain how she entered Bollywood, “I had no plans of becoming an actress as I was a very studious girl. But one day when a friend suggested I get into acting I decided to give it a try.” She tried her hand at television commercials and advertisements and loved the new space so much that after completing her BTech she decided to get into acting and shifted to Mumbai.
Of the many difficulties she faced, Kriti spoke of how language became a barrier for her when it came to acting in regional films. “After ‘Heropanti’ I got a couple of South Indian films. It was easy to pick up the pronunciation but not easy to understand. If you miss a line or the actor misses a line you are blank because you don’t know what it means,” she said.
In terms of what she has learnt about herself, Kriti said it is hard for her to draw emotions from her past experiences for particular scenes as she believes in living in the present, and only focuses on her momentary emotions and feelings. She has to go through the script until she feels it and that is not so easy to do.
After working in several movies, Kriti has a check-list she uses to pick new film projects. For Kriti, her instincts play an important role in the same. “I don’t have a formula to select a script. I first listen to the script and that is when it should sort of touch me. Sometimes there are other aspects like the director you wish to work with or the co-star or the story. There are many aspects that go into selecting a script. All films have a different reason to say yes.”
Her film ‘Raabta’ alongside Sushant Sigh Rajput was a lesson for her. She explained how she prepared herself for the role. “This was the film I prepared for the most. I had lot of time and I understood the character quite well. I would make a list of questions and notes and then ask the director a lot of questions and clear my queries,” Kriti said.
When asked about her plans ahead she said that this year has been a busy year and she has signed a lot of films that have various themes. She the film ‘Luka Chuppi’ which she is very excited to watch; it will release next year. The film ‘Panipat’ is a period film that she will be doing for the first time, besides that Kriti will be also seen in upcoming ‘Houseful’ sequel.
‘I have to like the person I am working with’ Adil Hussian
Adil Hussian has not only worked for regional and Bollywood films but has also explored the international platform by working for films like ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ and ‘Life of Pi’. At IFFI he spoke about how the three areas have shaped his career and helped him gain knowledge about acting.
Adil does not like a lot of attention and publicity and prefers to stay away from the limelight. When it comes to films he is very particular about the person he will be working with. “It is true that I listen to the script first and then try to understand what the film demands but it is also important for me to know who the director is. Because if I don’t like the person, I will not work with him or her, it’s that simple. I would rather go home and cook for my wife and child,” he said. He also spoke about other aspects such as money, the relevance of the story and the content which he considers as an important aspect while selecting films.
Sharing the difference between working in Hollywood and Bollywood, Adil said: “The scene in the West is completely different they are very calm and silent when it comes to work but here it is completely opposite. There they have a plan and work accordingly, and that has helped me streamline my work.”
He then mentioned how different it is to work with women directors, he said: “When you work with a woman director you can find elegance, grace and tolerance on the set. They sort of have an emotional understanding and explanation to give to things which is at times very important. Men on the other hand have on the ‘tough personality’.”
Recently, he completed shooting an Assamese film which was a micro budget film. Talking about his experience he said: “I do small budget films; and I did this particular one because I liked the story very much. It was around `16 lakhs while I have worked for films which are above `5 crore and more, and both have their positives as well as negatives. But there was an instance where I was enjoying the shoot as I was roaming on a scooty there and it was my only mode of transport.” Adil has several projects are lined up and these include a Netflix series and several movies.