Kriti Sanon gets talking about the pressures of glamour industry, her upcoming film in Telugu and a lot more...
"Move!" a security guard screams in one of the by-lanes of Hi-Tech city, shooing away curious onlookers who arrive in hordes to catch a glimpse of actors Naga Chaitanya and Kriti Sanon. The sun has been playing hide-and-seek through the day and one final scene is yet to be shot.There's tension in the air. Out of nowhere, Kriti hops into a share auto and sits beside the driver. The camera follows her and just behind her, there's a convoy of vehicles, with Naga Chaitanya leading the pack. Ten minutes later, the whole film unit comes to a halt to check the footage. Pleased with the output, the director announces `Pack up!' And just when the crowd is about to disperse, three girls, who caught a glimpse of Kriti, remark, "Woah...she's so tall!"
We wonder if her height is turning out to be an issue for Kriti in the South. After all, she's one of the very few actresses who are a bit above 5 feet 9 inches tall. "In Hyderabad, I suppose my height does pique people's interest, but it's not like it's unacceptable. If you are confident about what you are doing, height doesn't make a difference. You can't be perfect in everything, you know! It's hardly an issue in Bollywood because we have a lot of actresses like Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif who are tall," says Kriti, with a smile.
It's been nearly seven months since she was last seen in a Telugu film. However, she's thrilled that people still talk about her debut film 1 Nenokkadine, in which she was paired with Mahesh Babu. "A lot of Mahesh Babu's fans make it a point to remind me whenever the film is aired on TV , and every now and then, they request me to act in another film with him. My sister showed the film to her friends. I think all of them have a big crush on Mahesh," she laughs.
So what took her so long to sign her second film in Telugu? "It's just that I didn't want to rush in after my debut film. And when I got the script for this new film, I couldn't say no. It's young, modern and has its own style. I can't reveal more, but I am confident that the audience is in for a big treat. I've just started shooting for the film and it hardly took time for me to break the ice with my co-star Naga Chaitanya. I really like the fact that he's happy all the time," she says.
Kriti has had a good year so far, thanks to the success of her debut film in Hindi, Heropanti, although, by her own admission, the success came as a bit of a surprise. "Not that we had a doubt whether it'll do well or not, but except for Prakash Raj, there were a lot of newcomers in the film, including Tiger Shroff and me. As a newcomer, you aren't really sure how the audience will react and I suppose that sort of doubt will persist till you do three or four films to truly know where you stand," confesses Kriti. Ask her if she's pleased with the way her career is shaping up, and pat comes the reply , "I wouldn't have taken up modeling as a profession. It was more of a hobby . In fact, I realised that acting in front of the camera has helped me overcome some of my fears. I'm not an emotionally strong person and I tend to break down quite easily , but every time I'm on the set, I can switch off, no matter how bad things are in my life."
Apart from acting, Kriti loves dancing and we hear that Prabhu Dheva has asked her to learn few more dance forms, like salsa and ballroom dancing, to prepare for her role in Singh is Bling, opposite Akshay Kumar. "I am struggling not to shed too much weight because of the intense dance routines. The moment I lose weight, it shows on my face and given how sharp my cheek bones are, it doesn't look good," she laughs, attributing her love for dance to Madhuri Dixit. "When I was young, I remember the first song I danced to, was Akhiyan Milaon, because I am a big fan of Madhuri Dixit. I was quite shy back then, but my parents would make me dance to that song at all the house parties and few years later, I even danced at a college festival. That thing sort of stuck with me and whenever I find time, I try to learn new dance forms. Now, I am keen on learning belly dancing," she recalls.
As soon as the conversation veers to the pressures of showbiz, especially for actresses who are expected to put their best foot forward all the time, Kriti nods in agreement, saying, "It's all quite stressful. I never knew promotions can be so hectic and given the fact that I'm quite lazy, it took a while to get used to it. And when it comes to making a style statement, sometimes just the thought of what to wear for an event drives me crazy." And not to forget, there's far too much gossip and constant scrutiny to handle. "Oh yes! I think I've managed to stay away from controversy, so far. However, I'm slowly getting used to the idea that I'm going to be written about and sometimes it may not be entirely true. You've to be really thick skinned to survive in this industry," she signs off.