Kirti prep­ping for the role of a stam­mer­ing poet

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Ac­tor Kirti Kul­hari (above), who shot to fame with Pink (2016), is now play­ing the pro­tag­o­nist in Na­tional Film Award-win­ning film­maker Mad­hur Bhan­darkar’s next ven­ture. She says as a per­former, build­ing a char­ac­ter is an in­ter­est­ing process. She plays a poet who stam­mers in the film, which is set in the 1980s.

Kirti says, “The process of build­ing a char­ac­ter is so mag­i­cal that I can­not ex­plain in words. In this film, while go­ing through the un­der­stand­ing of my char­ac­ter, I re­alised how stam­mer­ing is go­ing to be an im­por­tant part.”

She adds “So, I started analysing how stam­mer­ing can cre­ate a dif­fer­ence in her per­son­al­ity, her con­fi­dence level, so­cial ac­cep­tance and emo­tional ex­pres­sion, among other things”

So, the 31-year-old ac­tor met a speech ther­a­pist and ob­served many pa­tients suf­fer­ing from speech im­ped­i­ment. It gave her in­sights that she im­bibed in her per­for­mance. In­ter­est­ingly, she be­lieves that the ap­pear­ance of the char­ac­ter also made it eas­ier to por­tray.

“In this film, we have taken care of the char­ac­ter’s look from clothes to the shades of lip­stick keep­ing the 1980s era in mind,” she says.

On play­ing the cen­tral char­ac­ter af­ter be­ing part of en­sem­ble cast in films such as Shai­tan (2011) and Pink, Kirti says, “It is a huge re­spon­si­bil­ity. Ear­lier, in a film like Pink, it was a shared re­spon­si­bil­ity. So, the box of­fice suc­cess will mat­ter to me we all know that it cre­ates a lot of dif­fer­ence.”

On Bhan­darkar’s last films’ fail­ure at box of­fice, she adds: “He is a good film­maker, but at times peo­ple go through dif­fer­ent phases in life. I think it will change with this film.”

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