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cosmo interview

Kriti Sanon can ’ t

remember the last wild , crazy thing she ’ s done . “ I mean , I ’ ve played in a snow park as a child , and gotten drunk with friends , but that ’ s about it .” She scrunches up her face , as if searching for a memory , and then says , “ That ’ s it , to be honest . I always wanted to go scuba diving , though . That should be fun .”
We are a few hours outside of London , at an otherworldly mansion called The Aynhoe Park . The walls are lined with an impressive taxidermy collection , including a polar bear and its friend , the unicorn , sitting atop a piano . Wherever you turn , you meet a sculpture , including towering Greek Gods and imposing Roman pillars . There are dramatic chandeliers , flickering candles , majestic artworks , and an unexpected giraffe dangling from a ceiling in the ballroom .
The effect , unquestionably , is phantasmagorical .
Our venue seems at odds with Kriti ’ s personality . When we first meet , she replies mostly in polite monosyllables . I tell her she looks even better in person than on screen ( she really does , her skin looks airbrushed , the kind you see in advertisements ), and she smiles . “ I ’ m a little low on energy ,” she says , “ and I ’ d really like to get some food .”
Unfailingly poised , pleasant , but also aloof . At first . “ I was a shy child ,” she confesses later , a bowl of salad in her hand . “ And I still take a little time to open up to people . But once I do , I ’ m there .”
Little Kriti was also a “ studious child ”, by her own admission . “ I used to stay up studying hard , and never took an exam before finishing the entire course . I was never into sports , though — watching or playing .”
Her younger years were mostly spent dancing , studying , and getting a B-tech degree . And sleeping . “ I ’ m serious ,” she giggles . “ With the lights off or on , I ’ m very good at sleeping . I ’ m a very sleepy person !” ( For the record , she ’ s also good at blocking abusive people on social media . “ If you ’ re not giving me positivity , I don ’ t need you in my life !”)
For Kriti , the world of movies didn ’ t make an appearance until her second year at college . “ I think , destiny has things in store for you , and you need to find your path ,” she says , wisely . “ You need to find what you ’ re passionate about .”
Luckily , the stars were aligned — Kriti already has six films in the bag , counting a particularly note-worthy performance in Bareilly Ki Barfi . And there are three more in the movie machine , between this year and next : including Arjun Patiala and Panipat . But had things not gone this well , it ’ s not like she had a Plan B in place .
“ I really don ’ t know what else I would have done ,” she admits . “ I come from a middle-class background — my dad ’ s a CA and my mum ’ s a professor — so obviously they were very worried that I was entering an industry that doesn ’ t have a lot of ‘ job security ’. You never know what ’ s going to happen next , things change every Friday . And what if you do get another film and it doesn ’ t work out , or what if you do get a great film but you don ’ t get another ? There are too many
‘ what-ifs ’. So I calmed my parents ’ fears by taking my GMAT entrance exam and doing rather well at it . The score is valid for five years , which made them feel more at ease . But , to be entirely honest , I only did it for them . Not because I believed I needed a Plan B . And if my movie career hadn ’ t worked out , I would have tried harder , and still harder , and if absolutely nothing shifted , I would have probably gotten out and done something else , perhaps in advertising .” Or a career in law .
“ My mom says I ’ m really good at arguing . Also , I think I give really good advice .”
For now , however , the world will have one less lawyer . And Kriti ’ s future plans are few . “ I ’ m so bad at planning ,” she sighs .
“ 10 years is too far , even five years is too far . Right now , I ’ m really enjoying the process of acting and discovering myself as an actor . Because I never planned to become an actor , I haven ’ t gone through the workshops , watching people on set , or getting that training . I ’ ve been learning on-the-job , and now I think I ’ ve reached a point where I ’ ve started enjoying the process a lot more and would like to do different roles .”
She continues : “ I ’ ve started watching performances and getting inspired , wishing that one day , I can do something like that . Five years from now , I hope I have enough on my plate in terms of being able to do varying roles .”
Talking about work is something that gets Kriti excited — and talking . But that ’ s not the only thing she is passionate about . Sexual
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cosmo interview K riti Sanon can’t remember the last wild, crazy thing she’s done. “I mean, I’ve played in a snow park as a child, and gotten drunk with friends, but that’s about it.” She scrunches up her face, as if searching for a memory, and then says, “That’s it, to be honest. I always wanted to go scuba diving, though. That should be fun.” We are a few hours outside of London, at an otherworldly mansion called The Aynhoe Park. The walls are lined with an impressive taxidermy collection, including a polar bear and its friend, the unicorn, sitting atop a piano. Wherever you turn, you meet a sculpture, including towering Greek Gods and imposing Roman pillars. There are dramatic chandeliers, flickering candles, majestic artworks, and an unexpected giraffe dangling from a ceiling in the ballroom. The effect, unquestionably, is phantasmagorical. Our venue seems at odds with Kriti’s personality. When we first meet, she replies mostly in polite monosyllables. I tell her she looks even better in person than on screen (she really does, her skin looks airbrushed, the kind you see in advertisements), and she smiles. “I’m a little low on energy,” she says, “and I’d really like to get some food.” Unfailingly poised, pleasant, but also aloof. At first. “I was a shy child,” she confesses later, a bowl of salad in her hand. “And I still take a little time to open up to people. But once I do, I’m there.” Little Kriti was also a “studious child”, by her own admission. “I 80 COSMOPOLITAN AUGUST 2018 used to stay up studying hard, and never took an exam before finishing the entire course. I was never into sports, though— watching or playing.” Her younger years were mostly spent dancing, studying, and getting a B-tech degree. And sleeping. “I’m serious,” she giggles. “With the lights off or on, I’m very good at sleeping. I’m a very sleepy person!” (For the record, she’s also good at blocking abusive people on social media. “If you’re not giving me positivity, I don’t need you in my life!”) For Kriti, the world of movies didn’t make an appearance until her second year at college. “I think, destiny has things in store for you, and you need to find your path,” she says, wisely. “You need to find what you’re passionate about.” Luckily, the stars were aligned—Kriti already has six films in the bag, counting a particularly note-worthy performance in Bareilly Ki Barfi. And there are three more in the movie machine, between this year and next: including Arjun Patiala and Panipat. But had things not gone this well, it’s not like she had a Plan B in place. “I really don’t know what else I would have done,” she admits. “I come from a middle-class background—my dad’s a CA and my mum’s a professor—so obviously they were very worried that I was entering an industry that doesn’t have a lot of ‘job security’. You never know what’s going to happen next, things change every Friday. And what if you do get another film and it doesn’t work out, or what if you do get a great film but you don’t get another? There are too many FOR MORE GREAT STORIES, VISIT COSMO.IN ‘what-ifs’. So I calmed my parents’ fears by takin rאtBVG&6RWBFp&FW"vVBBFR66&R2fƖ@f"ffRV'2v6FRFVЦfVV&RBV6R'WBF&PVF&VǒW7BǒFBBf FVB&V6W6R&VƖWfVBVVFVB"BbאfR6&VW"F( Bv&VBWBvVBfRG&VB&FW"@7F&FW"Bb'6WFVǐFr6gFVBvVBfP&&&ǒvGFVWBBFP6WFrV6RW&2GfW'F6r( "6&VW"r( ג62( &Vǒv@B&wVr6FvfP&VǒvBGf6R( Фf"rvWfW"FRv&@vfRRW72wW"@&F( 2gWGW&R2&RfWr( Ğ( Ч6&BBr( 6R6v2( V'22Ff"WfVffPV'22Ff"&vBr( Ч&VǒVrFR&6W72`7FrBF66fW&rח6Vb07F"&V6W6RWfW VBF&V6R7F"fV( BvRF&VvFPv&62vF6rVR6WB"vWGFrFBG&r( fP&VVV&rFR֦"@rF( fR&V6VB@vW&R( fR7F'FVBVrFP&6W72B&RBvVBƖPFFFffW&VB&W2( Х6R6FVW3( Ğ( fR7F'FV@vF6rW&f&6W2@vWGFr7&VBv6rF@RF6F6WFpƖRFBffRV'2g&rRfRVVvגFPFW&2b&Vr&RFFf'r&W2( ХFƶr&WBv&06WFrFBvWG2&FW6FVN( FBFƶr'WBFN( 0BFRǒFr6R076FR&WB6WV