Kiara Advani: In the next five year, I just want to be the best
Kiara Advani has had a successful year, thanks to 'Kabir Singh', and is looking for more good news before she bids 2019 adieu. Sitting on the couch, the actress admits the love she’s getting from the audience is overwhelming.
“Recently Akshay sir and I were in Chandigarh for a song launch and there were around 8000 people who started chanting 'Priti, Priti' as soon as I walked in. That’s when it hit me that certain characters connect magically with people and live on, long after the film has ended. That’s what 'Kabir Singh' did for me,” she gushes. Has the attitude of filmmakers changed towards her since the release of the 'Arjun Reddy' remake? “I think it started changing after her web series , when they saw the performer in me,” she asserts, admitting that even though she entered Bollywood five years ago with 'Fugly', many think she debuted with the Shahid Kapoor starrer. “When the MS Dhoni biopic came out, they thought that was my first film, now they say it’s 'Kabir Singh',” she chuckles, saying every film has been a turning point in her life and strengthened her foundation.
Kiara describes her character, Monika, in 'Good Newwz' as “a loud, bubbly, jovial Punjabi kudi” and recalls that she started shooting for the film as soon as she wrapped up the earlier film.
In fact, the very next day so the transition from a subdued, introverted Priti to the larger than-life Monika was quite a challenge. “I could finally let go and be my exuberant self,” she exults. Ask her if playing second fiddle to Kareena Kapoor bothered her and she retorts, “I was so excited to be working with her. I have grown up watching Kareena and Akshay sir’s films and was this young actress trying to learn everything from their experiences.” Has she seen the duo’s last film together, 'Kambakkht Ishq'? “Who hasn’t?” she asks in disbelief, going on to rave about mentor Akshay who launched her. “From being launched by him, to working with him in 'Good Newwz' and finally, being cast opposite him in 'Laxmmi Bomb', life has come a full circle. His professionalism and enthusiasm after all these years is contagious and inspiring.” She has another mentor in Karan Johar who called her “his own girl” at the film’s trailer launch. Mention that, and Kiara gets emotional, “That was so sweet of him. During 'Lust Stories', he took me under his wing and after that we just connected. He is such a warm human being with an approachable vibe. I seek his advice in whatever I do.”
The actress has a very busy year ahead with four releases lined up 'Laxmmi Bomb' with Akshay, 'Indoo Ki Jawani' with Aditya Seal, 'Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2' with Kartik Aaryan and 'SherShaah' with Sidharth Malhotra.
“All the actors from my generation come from different backgrounds and have unique approaches, so there is so much to feed off from their energies. You’re always as good as your co-stars, I say,” she smiles sweetly and can’t stop herself from appreciating her 'Kabir Singh' co-star as well. “It becomes easier to perform with a co-star who is giving so much in a scene. That’s how it was working with Shahid.”
So, which other actors are on her wish list? “Ranveer Singh, Ranbir Kapoor and Varun Dhawan, the list goes on… I even want to work with Mr Bachchan,” she rattles off.
Prod her on her collaboration with Varun in Shashank Khaitan’s next and Kiara gets a tad defensive. “You’ll have to wait for an announcement.” Is she satisfied with the way her career is going? “Five years ago, if somebody had asked me where I saw myself in five years, this is where I would have wanted to be. I think something right is happening in this journey,” she beams, hoping 2020 will be her year. “In the next five years, I just want to be the best.”