Kriti Sanon Interview
Mimi is hands down your most successful role to date. Did you expect this kind of ovation for it?
Kriti Sanon: There are some projects where , while you are listening to the story, prepping for the shooting, and finally shooting… you gradually get a sense of what’s being done and if what’s being done is something special. During Mimi we all felt that it.I am very thrilled about the range that Mimi gave me as an actor. We all loved the script. And we got the feeling that what we were shooting was even better.The entire cast and crew was brilliant. But most of all it was our director Laxman Utekar who had a great grip on his scenes and characters.
You were sure Mimi would be liked?
Kriti Sanon: Somewhere this was a film I was very confident about. We knew we had made a good film. I am just so happy that eventhough it released on an OTT platform, it got me unprecedented appreciation.We all hoped it would release in movie theatres because this was a commercial film to be enjoyed with 200 other people. But even on OTT the kind of messages and calls I got for Mimi, I’ve never received before.
But you are no stranger to success?
Kriti Sanon: Yes ,I have tasted success before, whether it was Bareilly Ki Barfi or Lukka Chuppi. Or for that matter my debut film Heropanti….there have been stepping-stones to success from the start.But the validation that Mimi gave me as an actor is beyond anything I’ve experienced,And this film revolved around my character. It gave me a chance to show my range and abilities. I am just glad that audiences were with us. I always knew Mimi was a very special film.
Any trepidations about playing a surrogate mother in Mimi?
Kriti Sanon: No trepidation about playing a surrogate mother. I did read up about it before doing the film.So I wasn’t as ignorant about surrogacy as my character Mimi.The story was inspired by a real incident that happened when surrogacy laws were not in place. A foreign couple had actually abandoned an Indian surrogate mother. No, there was absolutely no apprehensions about doing the film. It was a beautiful story.Surrogacy is a beautiful deed. A surrogate mother gives so much happiness to a childless couple.
What are your views on surrogacy ? Do you recommend it to couples who cannot have children?
Kriti Sanon: I think having a child is personal decision. Most people want to have children .Some don’t. I am not into judging any decisions on parenthood.Some may argue there are so many orphans who can be adopted , so why go for surrogacy?Adoption is also a great option. On the other hand there are couples who want their own biologic: al child , but can’t. Then why not surrogacy?In our film industry there are so many instances of surrogacy.
Mimi shows you can shoulder a film? with success comes responsibility.How careful are you in selecting roles? what are your dos and don’ts?
Kriti Sanon: Well, yes true.With success comes a lot of responsibility. Audiences do expect a certain level of credibility in my projects now. Having said that I’ve always chosen roles that excite me. I wouldn’t like to play anything that I’ve already done. My process of selection has always been instinctive.Whenever I haven’t followed my gut feeling I’ve ended up being restless on the sets. There are times when you do a film for the wrong reasons. I’ve done films because I had the time. Or because it’s a big banner.I realize even the mistakes are a learning experience . However the only reason to do a film should be because you want to be part of it because of the script, or co-actors or the role should attract you. But at this point of time I’d rather sit at home and do nothing than do the wrong film.
You recently spoke about being bullied by a choreographer? what in your view is the solution to the bullying and exploitation that newcomers in the industry have to face?
Kriti Sanon: I wasn’t bullied by the choreographer .She was plainly rude to me. There is nothing that can be done about rude people. Today when I look back at the incident I wonder why I didn’t stand up for myself. Why didn’t I say, ‘I am sorry I know I screwed up. But this is my first show. It would be nice if you are a little more polite in life.’
Your advice to newcomers who get exploited?
Kriti Sanon What I’d tell a newcomer is, stand up for your self-respect. It would be so much nicer , if people were kinder to one another, if the trolling stopped. There is so much negativity all around us. What is the need for it? Nothing is permanent. Everything is unpredictable. Each one of us is going through problems. My funda in life is, be nice.
What are your plans in the coming months and years?
Kriti Sanon: Oh my God! My plans for coming months and years????!!! I am not much of a planner . I like to go with the flow. But yes I have some projects that are on the floors and others that are in the pipeline.I’ve completed Bhediya, Hum Do Hamare Do, Arjun Pandey. I don’t know when they will release because some of them are meant for the big screen. Hopefully they will release early next year. There are two others projects that I can’t talk about right now.
What are you shooting for now?
Kriti Sanon: I am in the middle of shooting for Adipurush. That’s going really well. It’s a unique experience for me because of the way it’s being shot using technique I’ve never experienced before. It’s all blue screen and all.There is so much to learn on the sets.
Are you happy with your career?
Kriti Sanon: This is the best phase of my career and life.I am fortunate to be doing so many different genres of cinema. No two projects of mine are similar. I just feel extremely blessed. I am making sure I enjoy every bit of this phase.