Kirti prepping for the role of a stammering poet
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 more...as 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.”