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India Today - - LEISURE - —Suhani Singh

Kriti Sanon, an engi­neer­ing grad­u­ate with no filmi con­nec­tions, gave her­self five years to make it in Bol­ly­wood. In a ca­reer span­ning four years, she has two films to show for her ef­forts—Heropanti (2014) and Dil­wale (2015). Over­shad­owed by Tiger Shroff’s ag­ile mar­tial arts skills in the former and lost in the crowded en­sem­ble in the lat­ter, Sanon faces a de­ci­sive 2017 in which she has two re­leases to demon­strate her act­ing tal­ent. First, the ro­man­tic drama Raabta, re­leas­ing June 9, with the ro­man­tic com­edy Bareilly Ki Barfi fol­low­ing in July. “I was very raw and new in

Heropanti,” says Sanon. “I didn’t even know the ba­sics—where your mark is or the dif­fer­ent ways you can do a scene. Dil­wale was a great learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Shah Rukh sir would dis­cuss his think­ing process. But in an en­sem­ble film, there are only a few scenes that you can hold.”

She is hope­ful that the ex­pe­ri­ence gar­nered from those ear­lier films will re­flect in the up­com­ing re­leases, in which she has more prom­i­nent parts to play. “The char­ac­ters are more lay­ered,” she adds. Luck­ily for the 26-year-old, the two films are poles apart. In Raabta, she has two roles—Saira, a choco­latier in Bu­dapest, and Saiba, a ‘war­rior princess’ that dates back a few cen­turies. Talk­ing about Bareilly Ki Barfi, she says that while she didn’t re­late to the small­town char­ac­ter she plays, she did ap­prove of her ten­dency to ques­tion.

Born and brought up in Delhi, Sanon grew up a Hindi movie buff. She only started watch­ing English movies when she moved to Mum­bai in 2011 to pur­sue act­ing. The move was eas­ier be­cause her fa­ther, a char­tered ac­coun­tant, worked in Mum­bai at the time. “My fa­ther is par­tic­u­lar about hav­ing a se­cure ca­reer,” she says. “But in this in­dus­try, there are too many ‘what ifs’.” To re­as­sure her par­ents, she ap­peared for the GMAT exam and scored 710 out of a pos­si­ble 800. “The idea was, if noth­ing hap­pens, then I have it as a back-up,” she says. “But in my head, I knew I was never go­ing to look at that score again.” The score is no longer valid, and Sanon isn’t giv­ing up on Bol­ly­wood any­time soon.

SANON KRITI gave­her­self­five yearstom­akeitin Bol­ly­wood.With ayear­left,her2017 re­leas­eswillbe de­ci­sive

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