Be­ing an ac­tor as well as a star

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De­bate has raged on since time im­memo­rial about the dif­fer­ence be­ing an ‘ac­tor’ and a ‘star’. Ask Kriti Sanon — who has spent over three years in Bol­ly­wood — about it, and she says, “I am greedy, so I want to be both (laughs). I guess there are a few [peo­ple like that]. Of course, there might be a few ups and downs in terms of who is a bet­ter ac­tor or a big­ger star, but if there’s one zone that I would like to be in, it’s be­ing an ac­tor as well as a star.”

But isn’t it a very dif­fi­cult bal­ance to strike? Kriti says, “I don’t have philoso­phies on this, but I don’t choose films on a par­tic­u­lar ba­sis. You need to main­tain some sort of bal­ance in the kind of films that you take up, be­cause you can’t get stuck in a genre,” says Kriti, adding that be­sides the ‘com­mer­cial’ films that most of the In­dian au­di­ence con­nects with, an ac­tor also needs to take up films where they can be just an ‘ac­tor’ and per­form. “Then, it doesn’t mat­ter what kind of money that film makes at the box of­fice,” she says.

The Bareilly Ki Barfi ac­tor points out Ran­bir Kapoor’s choices as an ex­am­ple. “He had a great com­bi­na­tion of films such as Yeh Jawaani Hai Dee­wani (2013) and Barfi (2012). But that bal­ance is not easy to strike. It also de­pends on what kind of films come

You need to main­tain some sort of bal­ance in the kind of films that you take up, be­cause you can’t get stuck in a genre.

KRITI SANON, AC­TOR

your way, and es­pe­cially at the right time. It’s as much about destiny as it is about hard work. So there are many times when you land up with a film be­cause an­other ac­tor doesn’t take it up, and it works re­ally well for you,” she says.

PHOTO: MUNNA SINGH

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