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Kriti Sanon On Making A Niche Of Her Own

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Our Exhibit January 2020 cover star Kriti Sanon, is a force to be reckoned with in both film and fashion. On the cusp of her 20s, she has spent her life in the public eye. Now, the cinema scion is ready to cultivate her own garden. And while most artists follow a career path that is relatively wrought with fluctuation, like a ship soaring above and then violently crashing into waves, Kriti’s career had already proven to be a linear climb. Kriti Sanon in a conversation with Krishti Khound, about making a year of her own.

Ex: While stalking you on Instagram as a part of my research I saw your posts which came across to me as genuine and honest, it’s a gift that’s usually not given to fully share your truth as actors. As they are carefully outfitted to a point where you see a glamourous puppeteer would you agree?
KS: I mean I don’t think everyone is the same way. I think we just go on. Some people want to maintain their Instagram handle and some don’t. For me, it’s all about being real. While the glamorous and onscreen part is something that the audience and the fans already see on a daily basis and general. I use my Instagram and my other social media handle to sort of interact with them in any differently and sort of make them a part of my life and show them another side of my life which is not really visible otherwise. So yeah I try keeping it through. I think that’s how I am as a person. We actors are real people after all. 

Ex: Everything is really instant in the world we live in right now. Nothing is tangible it’s all quickfire. Have you firmly entrenched into digital and social media formats?
KS: I have in a way but I’m not someone who is likely to be addicted to it. I’m not someone who has to have to take a picture and about everything that I’m doing. At this point in their lives and things moving at least five things spread really fast. Whether it’s something you put up it just doesn’t make the moment it’s all over the internet that’s there. And that also makes me realize to not to take anything too seriously because it’s temporary and life will move on past anything and everything that comes by whether it is a moment of joy, success or failure or even heartbreak. You move past it and tomorrow is going to be a different day.

Ex: A lot of the actors now have bridged the gap between the celluloid films and OTT platforms, do you see yourself driven by it?
KS: The content that we see now is amazing. And obviously, there is content that is not restricted to 2-3 hours and then when they get develop into series they’re a lot more intriguing. If a great opportunity comes my way which makes me want to take it up. I would love to do it. I feel like acting is my job and the medium with something that is not truly relevant. If the work is exciting enough for you as an actor that’s something that makes a lot of sense.

Ex: Your career is gaining steam with smart choices, awards and the box office clout, does the amount of success come as a surprise or wary you sometimes?
KS: Everything that has happened is very gradual, I didn’t happen overnight. From a graduate in engineering to landing in movies, tt all happened as a process. I started with a career in modelling, advertisements and slowly I realized my passion for acting and moved to Mumbai. I was giving auditions from getting a Telegu film to a debut in Bollywood. The first few times I went for award functions it was surreal to be surrounded by all these people. There are some moments even to do that I sort of look back and I am overwhelmed with the fact that I have come the longer we decide and how I had never had the heart of this life. And it’s something that I’m really fortunate for and I’m grateful for. But at the same time, I can’t imagine doing anything else.

Ex: From being an outsider to feeling a part of the industry and honing your craft it’s been a year for you.
KS: This year 2019 has been l probably my most special year in this industry so far with the kind of opportunities I’ve gotten. With 4 big releases from ‘Luka Chuppi’ to ‘Housefull 4’, they have been major blockbusters. So this year I have also travelled a lot and lived out of the suitcase from one set to the other. It’s been added to this. It’s also been very exciting as an actor. Also when you have to connect with the audience and they get so much love it kind of makes you a lot more confident or you don’t care. And also your choices and your instincts and when you feel like it’s resonating with the audience and read it you’re taking a look at what we do how to move forward. I think two hundred dollars which have been my highest response to the appreciation that money has gotten me. I think it’s been a leader in the Oval Office and the number of things they do I think the number of people I need the more friends I make and the more comfortable I get in this industry. And it starts feeling a lot like.

Ex: Fashion in the show business can quite be nerve-wracking at times, do you think what you’re going to wear and is it going to turn into a headline?
KS: I do a lot of what I’m wearing and I want to be happy with the look and yeah there is a lot of hard to do to hand me up and look and go out there and how it’s going to photograph and pictures and now it’s become even more complicated with us having a little bit of fun kicking ourselves before we go anywhere. So I see little effort that goes into it is a lot. I don’t think I feel unsure about my mood at any point. I think I sort of decide on something that I’m already comfortable in or that I already feel good about and that’s about it. I take it more seriously than that. Yes, it’s a to. I would love to just get ready in a jiffy and just click and meet him up. But yeah those two are sitting on the chair and there is one of us sitting on the ground and getting that again you know that process is a lot of hard work but it must be that easy in a lot of fun. But I feel like if I could I would have gotten ready I would be on I wouldn’t need all that I would have made them pyjama compulsory.

Ex: So now, if I had to take some Instagram advice. You are one of the masters. How does someone manage to have so many followers?
KS: I do a lot of what I’m wearing and I want to be happy with the look and yeah there is a lot of hard to do to hand me up and look and go out there and how it’s going to photograph and pictures and now it’s become even more complicated with us having a little bit of fun kicking ourselves before we go anywhere. So I see little effort that goes into it is a lot. I don’t think I feel unsure about my mood at any point. I think I sort of decide on something that I’m already comfortable in or that I already feel good about and that’s about it. I take it more seriously than that. Yes, it’s a to. I would love to just get ready in a jiffy and just click and meet him up.

Ex: Let’s talk about this. Your clothing line ‘Ms Taken’. What made you feel that you are ready to become an entrepreneur?
KS: I would just say that you don’t try and pretend to be someone who you’re not the B really to boot. And I think for me I sort of know this like whenever I put up something that is more fashion Give me the impression on the board so locked. So maybe a lot of the people on Instagram like seeing like both. But having said that I don’t sort of keep in mind that I have to do a fashion-forward because of this but I think I just describing go or I just try having a mix of both and not just look I don’t want it to be my outfit. I mean to just do something of mine I’ll probably do something I’m having like a talk in my head. I’d love to burn it down and put it out there.

Ex: If I ask you to show me your WhatsApp, who is the last person you texted and what was it about, would you?
KS: I texted my PR manager to connect me to you (laughs)

Ex: What was your last Google search about?
KS: I googled about this movie ‘Super deluxe’, I have heard so much about it but haven’t been able to see it. So I was reading about it online as much as I could.

Ex: Do you have a liking for cars or bikes? Can you recall an anecdote about your first possession or a drive that you cherish?
KS: Sure I’m not someone who is very knowledgeable about cars or bikes I love them both, but if you ask me to choose from the two it would be bikes. I would love to go for a bike ride. 

Ex: If you happen to invent your gadget what would it be and how would it be different?
KS: I would like to invent a gadget that would do my hair and make-up that happens within a second. That would be fabulous. And another one if I could just teleport myself from one place to another within a few seconds.

Ex: So when you were offered the movie ‘Panipat’, what were your reasons that you wanted to play the role you did?
KS: It was such a different role from the ones that I have played before. I connected with the story and felt that the chapter of the history that one must know of. The way the character ‘Parvati Bai’ was written so well by Ashutosh Gowariker has so many colours to it. It had a lot of range in the character which really excited me.

Ex: After 6 years of being in the industry are you more wide open to your own self-discovery and self-expression? How have you become more of yourself in the past years?
KS: Since the time I have moved to Mumbai and opted to come into the industry, I have started opening up as a person. I was pretty rigid and stubborn and adamant with my choice (I still am) but have become more adjusting and understanding. I have started to understand that everything is not white or black there are greys as well as in my right or wrong were rigid and conditioned now it has broadened my perspective a lot.

Ex: With 2020 kicking in what is the one resolution that you have always stuck to?
KS: Of not sticking to any resolution (laughs). I am so bad at planning so it’s best that I do not make a resolution it’s just better if you enter the new years with a lot more positivity and goodwill. Leaving behind all the regrets and bad vibes in your life.

QUICKIES

  • One thing you regret doing on social media?
    Once I posted a picture with a cheetah and it made people feel that they were tranquilized. So for me, I just felt like a picture can misguide you. So I have to be more careful about what I write to us.
  • One gadget that would make you lazier?
    Robot definitely I won’t move from my bed. Also if VR was achievable and easily accessible then I don’t really think I would want to move away.
  • One beauty advice you would give your 60-year old self?
    I would just tell my 60-year old self to not forget to love and do to take care of herself as she did when she was 25.
  • A show you are binge-watching?
    I have started re watching ‘Friends’.
  • Song you’re currently hooked to?
    Filhaal
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Krishti Khound
Krishti Khound loves covering fashion, news, and women's issues. Believes in being an accomplished and compassionate storyteller who would excel in obtaining exclusive interviews and unearthing compelling features and spends way too much time re-watching 90s sitcoms and Bollywood drama.

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