I don’t choose to share my opinion with the world: Kirti Kulhari
Kirti Kulhari, who straddles commercial and meaningful cinema, is in Chandigarh visiting her Army officer sister. Speaking to us, the ‘Uri’ and ‘Pink’ actress startles us with a bold conversation about not joining the clamour of entertainment celebs bombarding social media platforms with their opinions. Excerpts.
We don’t see you commenting on issues on social media, which is rare for celebs.
99% of the times people don’t know what they are talking about. A lot of what is put out is not the truth but are versions of the truth. If you are talking about being responsible as a public figure, this is what you need to do- not shoot off an opinion on everything without knowing the facts. Just because I don’t put out tweet every two days, doesn’t mean I don’t have an opinion. I don’t choose to share my opinion with the world. I talk through my work, because that’s in my control. With social media, there is a sea of opinions, and everyone feels their opinion matters, but it doesn’t. People squander energies on the outside world, but what about yourself, your inside? I believe in inner work and don’t seek outside validation. Escaping from what’s inside…I know the inside is scary. But once you make friends with yourself, you won’t run away.
If not on social media, how did you spend the lockdown?
I did take to my social media handles but to talk to my fans, or co-actors. I didn’t see much stuff on OTT in the lockdown, instead I read a lot because I knew once industry opens, I won’t have time. I can kill for me time. As an actor, I feel you must invest in yourself first. The healthier you are physically, emotionally, spiritually, the better you can give out. The idea of giving, without filling in, is exhausting. I missed shooting and travelling, so August onwards I have been travelling a lot for work too. I am also doing two short films, one of which is based on three stories in the lockdown and will be sent for festivals. I spent time with my parents, after long. I was the last of four kids to leave home and spent maximum time with them. I relived those days with them in the pandemic.
Your choice of work, including essaying strong women, is it by design or coincidence?
Of course, it’s by design, because I am naturally drawn to it. Idea of commercial cinema is exciting me less by the day. I don’t believe that you choose your path, it’s the path that pulls you. Now, people are also skeptical of making such film offers to me (laughs).