Not sure if my parents would be okay with me in a live-in relationship

Kriti Sanon, Interview ******* In conversation with Divya Solgama

“Not sure if my parents would be okay with me in a live-in relationship”, says Kriti Sanon.

The actress plays a small-town girl in Luka Chuppi opposite Kartik Aryan, where both of them start living in a live-in relationship. In a recent interview, she talks about the film, her experience, idea of live-in relationship and much more. She also talks about Nepotism and #MeToo movement here. Check it out!

How was your shooting experience for Luka Chuppi?
It’s been a great journey. Luka Chuppi is actually my fastest shooting film, where I completed in just 40-days. Also, we started shooting just one and a half or two months after I came on board.

What prompted you to take this film?
I am instinctive with the films that I choose. When I heard the narration firstly, I couldn’t stop laughing as it’s really hilarious. I liked the fact that is has a live-in concept in the place like Mathura, but because of the situation happening inside the film, it ends up being live-in with whole family. It’s very fresh and also it’s funny that for a change the guy was asking the girl to marry him, but she was saying not yet. It usually doesn’t happen like that, but here the girl wanted to be sure and that’s why she wanted to be in a live-in relationship for know him better. In a place like Mathura such things don’t happen, and so I found the characters very fresh. My character of RashmiTrivediis very relatable and modern, even though she has been rooted from Mathura. She studied in Delhi and had a boyfriend earlier but things didn’t work out well him and so now having a mindset that she can’t make a mistake again.

How was your working experience with LaxmanUtekar?
He is an amazing director and a fabulous actor as well. He looks like Nana Patekar and also imitate like him very well. When he was narrating the whole script to me, at points, I was rolling down laughing because of his expressions. So I felt like this director really knows what he wants to do and how he wants his scene to look. That gave me a lot of confidence.

What’s your idea of live-in relationship?
I think it’s completely okay and should not be judged. Everyone has the right to marry when they feel like marrying and when it really feels right. And if you want to see that your partner is compatible enough and if live-in helps with that, then I feel it’s completely fine.

Are you okay to be in a live-in relationship?
The family where I come from, I am not sure if my parents would be okay with it but I also know that my parents have given me enough freedom to marry when I want to, who I want to, and take my time. I have told my parents clearly that I won’t ever do an arrange marriage, I need to be in love and want to know a person really well. Because it has to come from within that ‘this is the person’. And they are okay with it. Whenever you love someone, you have to love he/she for who they are, and it cannot be related to their past. Everyone has a past. I won’t judge someone for their past, because even I have past.

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You played a small-town girl in your last film ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ which was loved by the audience, and nowhere in ‘Luka Chuppi’ too you are seen as a small-town girl. So do you feel that this small-town flavor is quite lucky for you?
I hoping that it’s lucky for me. Small town flavors have something relatable, where you feel that certain things may probably have happened in your life. You can relate to certain characters.

Talking about Bareilly KiBarfi, do you feel that the film was a game changer for you and also establishing your real identity in front of the people?
Yes, I do consider it as a milestone that changes the way by how people look at you. It did break that image of urban and glamorous heroine. However, I don’t know how that image got formed for me in just two films, but it did. Sometimes it does happen that when you do a slightly more de-glamrole, then people sees your performance more than your look. I am glad that it did, because after Bareilly Ki Barfi I started getting a lot of small-town roles. In fact 90% of the scripts which I was getting were based on small-town, including characters belonging to villages. This was fabulous and I would love to do that. So yes, Bareilly Ki Barfi changed that perception and opened the door which I was looking for it.

Considering the fact that you are playing a small-town girl in Luka Chuppi, so was it a conscious decision to do this film?
No, because I haven’t choose to do only small-town roles. It’s not like Bareilly Ki Barfi worked well and so now will continue to do the same. I generally balance things out. For instance, I am doing films like Panipat and Housefull 4 which does not have small-town characters. Though both, Luka Chuppi and Arjun Patiala, have small-town roles but very different from each other. So as an actor, you tend to get attracted to different kind of stuffs.

How important is this film for you? And considering the female fan following of Kartik Aryan, so it’s been heard that you have signed the film because of him?
No, not at all! Infact, I heard the script before Kartik was on board. I liked the script but didn’t sign it due to date issues because I was also doing Housefull 4. When Dinesh (Vijan) approached me with this film, I was not free at that point of time. After that Kartik came on board and coincidently I got free at point of time. Later I signed the dotted line and soon we started the shoot. However, I won’t judge a film on the basis of the cast of the film. It’s always the film and the character that first connects with you. Of course, he is apt for the role and so that is a great advantage for the film. About importance, every film is important for your career. Every film can be that one milestone that you need at that point and can make things turn around. As a result, Luka Chuppi is equally important.

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Talking about Housefull 4, what’s your role and how was the working experience in it?
It is too soon to say anything. But all I can say that it has got two eras, and so we all are playing two characters in the film. As a result, there’s a lot of confusion,madness, really funny scenes that will make you roll-down. We had a blast shooting for the film.

Kartik Aryan said that he played a good host in his hometown Gwalior. Tell us something about that experience?
I am a foodie, and it was truly an amazing experience. Kartik treated us with lots of Ras-Malai, in fact everyday. Thankfully he was working with that heroine who was not on a diet (laughs). Also, there was something called BahadurKaLaddoo which I never had before. It’s like BoondiKaLaddoo only but very soft that it melts when you just pick it up. During the shot also, I had tikki, kachori and other things. However, one day we were really hungry after the shoot and craving for having junk food. Kartik told us about Aloo-Patties which is filled with butter and melts in your mouth. We were 8-10 people, got squeezed in one car and roamed around trying to find Aloo-Patties. Finally, we reached at one place and mobbed over there. In Mumbai too, we stopped near Lokhandwala after the shoot of our song ‘Coca Cola’ and had Pani-Puri over there. We as an actor sometimes do that, because it’s nice to behave like a normal person. I sometimes wear a cap or cover my face with hair when out in public. When I go for a movie, I become Stree (laughs).

As you are a foodie person, what’s your comfort food? And how do you manage your weight and balancing diet?
I am very finicky about food, but my comfort one is RajmaChawal. I have a very great metabolism and so I usually don’t have to watch my weight.However, exercise is very important and every type of body needs different kind of workout. For me, I need to put-on muscles rather than losing it. I am not a cardio person and can’t be on a treadmill, because I lose weight in 2-days.

What’s your idea of a romantic meal?
I don’t like cooking but I am a foodie. My idea of a romantic meal is very filmy, by the beach with amazing food and a glass of wine with old songs or live music playing and fragrant candles.

How would you rate your career and journey so far? Have you find that comfort zone and have overcome the challenges you had during your first movie?
I really want to grow with every of my film, because it’s very important. I am very critical about my performance. I am never usually satisfied, because then you become stagnant and don’t grow. I have learnt on every set, where we also learnt technicalities of filmmaking. Raab opened me as an actor. There were two characters in it and both of them were layered and complicated. Dinesh (Vijan) also pushed me in a way how should I approach to the scene, and so I started seeing things differently. Also, for the first time was prepping for a role here, where I haven’t prepped for a role beforeRaabta. On the other hand, Bareilly helped me grow a lot because it was a completely different world with completely different kind of actors be it AyushmannKhurrana, Pankaj Triptahi or SeemaPahwa. Working with some brilliant actors helps you to grow a lot, you become better and feed off their energy. Over these years, I have tried to grow as an actor and open up as a person also. And at the same time, find my process, figured out what works for me and what doesn’t work.

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Some of contemporaries which you think are really good?
Lots of them!But I feel Alia Bhatt is great because of the kind of work she has done. Priyanka Chopra and Anushka Sharma are fabulous. Also I like Ranveer Singh, Sushant Singh Rajput, Kartik Aaryan, Raj kummar Rao, Vicky Kaushal, and so on. All of them are really talented.

Any directors on your wish-list?
That is a very long list, but I will start with Imtiaz Ali, AnuragBasu, AanandRai, Sanjay LeelaBhansali, Vishal Bharadwaj, ZoyaAkhtar, MeghnaGulzar, AyanMukerji,Shimit Amin,RajkumarHirani, and just too many of them.

Talking about nepotism, do you think that people have now opened up about it?
Yes, it has definitely become a little more open. Your performance and talent really matters in today’s time. But I still think it is very difficult for an outsider to break through into the mainstream cinema. On the other hand, people are welcoming more new faces in the industry. When you see so many outsiders in the industry and doing good work, then it does give a little more motivation and confidence to other people, and even to the directors or filmmakers to give a chance to them.

Lastly, what are your views on the #MeToo movement?
I feel it was a much needed movement. Thankfully, it got this fear in every person’s head, not only in this industry but in general also. In any office or place, people will now think many times before doing something wrong. Because no one is going to shut their mouth and truth will be out. People should become more aware of the fact now that you cannot do something wrong and get away with it. I really hope this fear continues, because unfortunately, there were not many conclusions that were brought out.