April 02, 2011 Y. Sunitha Chowdhary
She is ravishing, has perfect features, looks extremely Indian and super hot in a saree. Kriti Kharbanda didn't have a dream debut, Boni sank without a trace but the only notable aspect about the film was her, that despite some bad styling and terrible make-up. The lady was shocked to see herself on screen and says she isn't the prettiest woman on this planet but she is definitely not this bad. So she told the director of her next film Nandini Reddy not to get her a stylist or a make-up man and that she would handle herself perfectly.
Kriti made a very brief appearance in the film but those few minutes made a lasting impact. What the director couldn't get out of her in entire Boni, Nandini made her look good in one scene in Ala Modalaindi, however she isn't too bitter about the experience and says she made some really good friends in the industry and that's been gratifying.
Did she expect Ala Modalaindi to do so well? She did have hopes on the film faring well but she didn't expect it to be recognized so much and is all praise for the team for giving her the respect, calling her for all the events and was even paid to be a part of it. She did the film only because of Nandini and didn't want to say that she'd work only with established directors. The one year between Boni and Theen Maar was very hard to deal with, there were offers coming in but they weren't what she was looking for.
She was offered Orange but they didn't sign her, meanwhile a lot of names like Sruthi, Kajal, etc., cropped up and there was a long silence. What hurt her the most was that she was all over in the news for the wrong reason. She adds, "Shazahn did an extremely good job, sometimes it's not in your fate; I hope to be a part of Charan's film sometime in the future."
The actress was in Hyderabad for some reason and she met Jayant C. Paranji for just two minutes and left the same evening to Bangalore. A day later they called her and gave her the signing amount, told her she's doing Pawan Kalyan's film. The wait was definitely worth it. She quips, "My parents keep telling me not to run after things, if I'm destined it will definitely come to me."
While all this was happening, Kriti's debut film in Kannada Chiru released and became a big hit. She says she remembers reading the article in a newspaper that amongst the best performances this year, the notable and memorable two are from Nayanthara (from Super) and Kriti (from Chiru). It made her very happy for being weighed on the same level as Nayanthara.
There's no stopping Kriti now, she's confident and pretty sure about what she wants. Theen Maar is releasing on the 14th and afterwards she will not sign any film unless it is something to die for. "I'm not expecting producers to queue up outside my house, I want them to put the money only after seeing the film and having faith in me," she avers. Kriti reveals that in Theen Maar there are retro scenes in which she had to replicate heroines from the 70s. She was avoided in the trailers deliberately to surprise audiences.
"People will love my look, and what I'll be wearing. The costumes and jewellery everything has been handpicked by me. You will notice that I've done something that no one ever has ever done in the last one decade." With that kind of positive attitude, Kriti is sure going to be singled out for projects where top actresses are either pitching for or are in strong contention.