Kriti Sanon Interview: Traits of every character that you play on-screen stay with you for a while!
In an interaction with BollywoodMDB, Kriti Sanon talks candidly about her newly released film, Bareilly Ki Barfi.
She got all the boys drooling when she made her acting debut with Heropanti, opposite Tiger Shroff. The film was a box office success and Kriti was flooded with a lot many films offer. But instead of signing films on a whim, she decided to take it easy and go slow. It's been four years and the actress has appeared in just four films thus far, but received praises for her performance in all the films, irrespective of their box office fate. Kriti is now seen in Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari's film Bareilly Ki Barfi, which hit screens this Friday. In a conversation with BollywoodMDB Reporter, Mohnish Singh, the actress speaks at length about her character, her preparation and the most endearing and challenging part of doing this film.
Bareilly Ki Barfi is said to be based on a book The Ingredients Of Love. So how much the film is inspired by the book?
Honestly speaking, I had no idea about this book. I think it is just the basic idea that the writers have taken from that book. After that, the whole script has been reworked into something else based on that idea. It is not like you will read the book and the film will turn out to be the same.
Your co-star Ayushmann Khurrana has played a character from UP before, but for it's the first time for you that you are going to play a UP girl. So how easy or difficult was it for you to get into the skin of the character?
It was interesting for me considering that I have not done this kind of a role before. I have never lived in UP, or been with someone from UP before. I went to Lucknow a week before we started shooting for the movie. I went to this college, the principal was very sweet to let me talk for a couple of hours. I was just chatting with the girls normally, like a friend.
When a film is set in a small town, especially if it targets a particular section of a region, filmmakers tend to caricaturize things, especially their accent. What is your take on that?
I think what matters is education. Someone who is educated will have a polished accent when he/she speaks any language. Even if she speaks UP Hindi, it will be polished than the others. My character and Ayushmann’s character speak in a similar manner, whereas Rajkummar Rao's character is not so educated so a special care has been taken that he uses a language like my parents would in the movie. There are certain things which unanimously everybody says, and there is a common sing song way which is said by all.
Do you think if a story is set in the heartland of India, it becomes easy for the audience to connect to it?
I personally feel it’s also not just about the heartland but also the aam janta or the common man who relate to small behaviours or relationships. You feel like you know someone who behaves or talks like that. That is a huge section of the society. Even if you show Delhi which happens to be the capital of India, also a big city, but the behaviourism or relationships that people can connect with.
What has been the most endearing and challenging part of your character in the movie?
The most endearing part of Bitti is the relationship she shares with her father. It is a very intricate relationship. I don’t think it has been seen in Indian cinema before, especially when the girl comes from a small town like Bareilly. We have a scene where the father and daughter smoke together. He understands her thoroughly and is protective of her.
The challenging part is when you have a character who is outspoken, smokes, drinks, break dances, it is very important to ground the character. It is important to make people feel for her character.
Do you feel some traits and mannerism of your character stay with you when you finish a film?
Of course, when we prepare for a character and live in the shoes of a character, the traits kind of stay with you for a while. When I was doing Raabta, the way Saira walked was something I would do in the sets of Bareilly Ki Barfi and I had to remind myself that I am playing a different character here. Then I got into the shoes of Bitti who is a little tomboyish and has a UP accent. So there were times when I would go home and talk to my sister in the UP accent and she would raise an eye, all this would happen to me while living my roles.