Kriti Kharbanda - People have become open to new Ideas

Kriti Kharbanda, who entered the Bollywood arena last year with Raaz Reboot, believes that she’s still in the process of discovering herself. Acting is her first love while the language is secondary. She’s also quite open to doing a web series, provided it challenges and enables her to do something different from what she’s done so far. Last seen in Guest in London, Kriti’s next film, Shaadi Me Zaroor Aana, is set for release on November 11. In this candid talk with You & I, Kirti opens up about her experiences in  B-Town and much more.

From horror to comedy, how has the transition been?
Well, honestly, the transition from horror to anything else is very difficult, but I think the biggest challenge for me was not to burst out laughing because I was shooting with people like Pareshji and Tanvi ma’am and they have great comedy timing and have been around in the industry for a very long time. So, for me, first to get comfortable with them was a task because I always try to be careful around my seniors.

This particular transition was very challenging but also very fun, it was like going from one class to another—like you’re going from Nursery to first standard. You have to get comfortable, but I have no complaints as people around me were very accommodating.

How is Kartik Aaryan as a co-actor?
Kartik as a co-star is very funny. He’s got a great sense of humour even off-screen and we got along really well, and I think that kind of shows in our chemistry on-screen, too. I think because both of us are relatively new we understood each other rather well.

How was it to share screen space with Paresh Rawal?
Absolutely amazing! On the first day of my workshop, he was sitting right there but I hadn’t noticed him and thought he was yet to come, so I was talking normally. But when I saw him sitting in the corner and reading his script I was taken aback and almost embarrassed. I remember when we first met, he looked at me and gave a really warm smile and said “Mazaa aayega saath kaam karne mein”. So, for me it was like oh my God, a senior saying this to me, my life is made (laughs). But overall, it was great, absolutely amazing. I couldn’t have asked for a better start. He is like a walking, talking acting school.

How do you unwind?
See the problem with me is I feel I am still discovering myself. I don’t have one way of unwinding; it changes from time to time. But I like watching television when I get the time . I try to watch a lot of web series and TV shows because I feel they help you relax. I try not to indulge in anything overdramatic because I don’t want my mind to work too much. Apart from that I have another addiction—online shopping. Whenever I feel stressed or worked up I indulge in some online shopping. I am afraid it is becoming an obsession (laughs)!

You have worked in various languages so far. Which of these is your favourite?
To me, my first love, honestly, is acting, especially being the drama queen that I am (laughs). The great thing about doing films in the south is I have managed to learn various languages, which makes me feel very powerful. Honestly, when you speak the language that you are working in, it makes you feel extremely powerful. It makes you feel like you belong there and you also feel less insecure. My first love has always been acting, the language is secondary.  

I think it’s high time I do a silent film, and then I’ll ask people what they think is best.

Following your B-Town debut with Vikram Bhatt’s Raaz Reboot in 2016, do you have plans of trying your hand at his web series, considering Maaya was a huge success?
Right now I am not looking at getting into the web series space, simply because I will be tied up with work for the next few months. But I am certainly interested in doing a web series because I believe that it is the future—it’s one of the biggest platforms ever. So, if I get a web-series that totally challenges me and offers me something different in comparison to what I am doing now, I wouldn’t mind being a part of it. In fact, I think it’ll be really exciting.

If you weren’t an actress, what field would you be in?
I think I would have been a jewellery designer or done something related to fashion or jewellery.

Today’s cinema is rapidly changing. What or who do you think is driving this change?
I think all of us collectively are driving this. No one person can be named for this transition. It’s a huge team effort and there are so many forces and so many factors behind this change. When a film becomes successful too, there are hundreds of people behind it. Also, people have become a little more open towards newer ideas and they’ve become determined and aggressive towards pushing those new ideas.    

--- Jaideep Pandey
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