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Kriti Sanon talks about the change of perception post ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’


An image-breaking project like “Bareilly Ki Barfi”, devoid of portraying her in the trappings of an urban Bollywood heroine, is just what Kriti Sanon was looking for after featuring in movies like “Heropanti”, “Dilwale” and “Raabta”.

Going De-glam

Kriti has won hearts with her de-glam and spirited role in the rustic and entertaining drama “Bareilly Ki Barfi”, directed by AshwinyIyer Tiwari. “I think the response (to my de-glam role has been) great, and it’s something I was looking for. It takes one person to believe in you and believe in the actor in you rather than the person they see on screen, where you’re playing a glamorous role and urban roles.When someone believes in you as an actor, and try and put you in a different mould, it’s interesting for you as an actor as well,” Kriti said.

Happy that the audience and film fraternity has appreciated her performance, she added: “They have liked me in a new light and a lot of messages that I got from friends, family and industry members, said it’s my best performance. Also, a lot of people did not expect me to do a character like that… I am glad that people will see me in a different way after Bitti’s character in ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’.”

Education is important

The movie’s trailer described her character as – shestays in Bareilly – asmall town in Uttar Pradesh, does breakdance and watches English films.

Kriti feels the reason why the character is “evolved, progressive and liberal is because perhaps she’s a little more educated than the others around her”.”She’s a working girl, thinks of things very differently, puts logic and questions gender bias… These are things you do when you’re educated,” added the actress.

Does her engineering background help her in any way in her acting career?”Education enhances your overall personality. It gives you a lot of confidence. You can have strong opinions based on your education and you have a sense of being independent. You are more aware about things happening around, and make decisions with more clarity.In engineering, everything is about putting logic. You put a question to everything – ifthis is happening, why is this happening. I think I’ve become like that as a person. I put logic to things and don’t just follow norms or do things like I am told to do without thinking why am I doing that.Even when I’m on set and preparing for a character, I put in a lot of thought to why is this character behaving like this. I have a lot of questions which I ask the directors. That does somewhere come from my educational background,” Kriti said.

Pursuing a formal acting course

If given a chance, would she pursue a formal course in the acting or filmmaking space.”Yes, I’d love to. I haven’t had any education in filmmaking part aspect, and never learnt anything in filmmaking. Maybe a few years from now, if I can take out some time in between… I think it’s always important for actors to go out and refresh themselves, their methods and learn new ways of doing what they do, to break away from the monotony.”