Girl On Fire Kiara Advani
Filmfare|March 2021
Raghuvendra Singh chats with Kiara Advani, whose stars are on the ascendant right now
Raghuvendra Singh

WHAT DREAMS MAY COME...

Kiara Advani wants to aim for the sky. She talks about her ambitions and more...

It feels like a dream come true. I always wanted to do the kind of work I am doing. So when directors and producers of that stature put that faith in you…it feels nice. The kind of scripts I am reading, it wasn’t there a couple of years ago. Now I want to do it all has quietly moved into the top echelons of the film industry, seemingly without trying. Though that’s not true. She made an unheralded entry in Bollywood with Fugly (2014) but it took her four years after that to be noticed. It was Lust Sories an anthrology film, that brought her into the limelight. Then thanks to the success of Kabir Singh (2019) and Good Newzz (2019), Kiara found herself to be the toast of big banners. She doesn’t just possess exotic good looks and a great figure but has acting chops to go with them. Charming, vivacious and always full of positive energy, she’s looking forward to 2021, where she has Jug Jugg Jeeyo, Bhool Bhulaiyaa and Shershaah coming up. On the personal front, she’s reportedly seeing Sidharth Malhotra, though she has chosen to remain mum about it and doesn’t even throw the ‘we’re just good friends’ line when asked about it. Though the media reports the duo had a ‘meet-the-parents’ moment and even indulged in a Maldives vacation together. Hmm… No personal-questions policy aside, the actress is quite candid when it comes to tackling questions about her career and life. Excerpts from a free-flowing interview with the bubbly actress...

YOU’RE CONSIDERED ONE OF THE TOP ACTRESSES OF B-TOWN RIGHT NOW. HOW DOES IT FEEL?

It feels like a dream come true. I always wanted to do the kind of work I am doing. So when directors and producers of that stature put that faith in you…it feels nice. The kind of scripts I am reading, they weren’t there a couple of years ago. Now I want to do it all. Now I just want to challenge myself and push myself. There is so much more I want to achieve.

YOU’RE DHARMA’S BLUE-EYED GIRL, HAVING DONE GUILTY, GOOD NEWZZ AND JUG JUGG JEEYO WITH THEM. WHAT’S THE EQUATION YOU SHARE WITH KARAN JOHAR?

Karan often jokes that everyone asks him why he’s giving me films. And I always say that I must be so good that you give me these films. (Laughs) Sometimes even I joke that I should have my own cabin at Dharma. I love working with them. They have given me some of my strongest characters. When Lust Stories happened, it was the first role that I had that got so much appreciation. I think Karan sees me as a performer. Everything he has offered me, whether it has been Good Newwz, JJJ or Shershah, every character has been so incredibly etched out that I naturally feel inclined to do it. I want him to direct me again.

Dress: Giuseppe Di Morabito

TODAY YOU’RE WORKING WITH THE BIGGEST SUPERSTARS AND BIG BANNERS. WHAT WAS THE TURNING POINT IN YOUR CAREER?

Everyone will point out to my successful films whether it was Lust Stories or Kabir Singh. Naturally those films had a wider reach. But personally, I think my foundation has been my first film Fugly. I owe it to the first film for every film I’ve landed. Also, every film has taught me something, every person I have acted with, every director I have worked with has taught me something. So for me, every film is special, whether it was a box-office success or a big dud, it taught me something and it has been a part of my journey.

WHEN YOUR DEBUT FILM DIDN’T DO AS WELL AS EXPECTED, WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO KEEP YOUR CHIN UP AND SAIL ON?

That was the toughest period because I didn’t know better. I didn’t know what was next? I didn’t realise that it’s not just about your first film. Every film is a challenge. And it’s every Friday to Friday, no matter wherever you are in your career. My belief in myself was what motivated me during that period of time. I hung on to that and dug my feet in. There was never a plan B.

Dress: Antithesis

THERE WAS NO PLAN B?

There was never a plan B. From far back as I can remember, the only thing I wanted to do was be an actor. I have been training probably since I was four. So everything was around that.

WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM THAT PARTICULAR PHASE NOW THAT YOU LOOK BACK AT IT?

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