‘Experience of TV ads can help an actor’
Kriti Sanon was a model before her entry into cinema. Did that experience help her as an actor? “It depends,” says Kriti. “If you’ve done television commercials, [those] are [similar to] feature films. It’s a moving camera, and you’re still expressing.” But rampwalking experience and fashion photo shoots don’t help with acting at all, says Kriti, who had made her film debut with Heropanti (2014).
It’s not entirely true that model can’t act, suggests Kriti, because in television commercials, “your screen presence matters”.
Any kind of modelling experience helps an actor only in the initial days, when one already has a comfort level before the camera. After that, other skills have to kick in, says Kriti, who believes that acting is more to do with one’s thought process. “It’s about building a character and how you’re approaching a scene. I think it’s more about that, where modelling doesn’t help. However, modelling makes you confident. And if you are confident, you perform better,” she states.