Kriti Sanon has been lauded by both the critics and the masses for her per formance in Mimi. Despite being a comedy, it’s a sensitive film dealing with serious issues like surrogacy and women empowerment. It shows a small-town girl becoming a surrogate mother and later taking care of the child born of that surrogacy. By surrounding Mimi with woke parents and friends, it sends a hugely positive message. The actress poured her heart and soul into the role. It’s not easy for an actor to emote something outside of her experience. It was understandably difficult for Kriti to portray a pregnant woman. She reportedly put on 12 kgs for the role, which was emotionally draining as well. She does outright commercial films but in between makes sure to pick up something which satisfies the performer in her. The critical success of Mimi has shown that her instincts have been proved right yet again. Presenting excerpts from a heart-to-heart chat with the braveheart actor...
We were expecting you to collaborate with Laxman Utekar for Luka Chuppi 2. But you came up with Mimi. What excited you about this film?
Somewhere when the Luka Chuppi shoot had ended, Dinu (Dinesh Vijan) and I were taking a flight from somewhere and he just spoke to me about this film about a girl who wants to be an actress and she talks to Ranveer Singh’s poster and all that. There is this foreign couple who comes and asks her to be a surrogate mother, in return for money and she agrees. And for some reason later they don’t want the child. And I just felt goosebumps when he told me the story. I wanted to know more. The message that the film gives at the end just felt beautiful. I think I was somewhere mentally ready to lead a film. This came to me at the right point. It had everything. It had a big heart, soul, emotion… amazing scenes… like really performance-oriented scenes. But at the same time it also made me laugh a lot. We were not trying to crack jokes, there is comedy in the situation, in people’s reactions. I am sobbing in the scene when my mother is asking me -- kiss ka bachcha hai yeh (whose child are you carrying)? My state of mind is very intense at that point and the moment I point at Pankaj Tripathi -- his reaction made me laugh.
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