Kriti Kharbanda says ‘I finally have an option to say no and to make the right choices’

Actress Kriti Kharbanda opened up in a recent interview and stated that she is grateful to have reached a certain position in her showbiz career where she can refuse the work that doesn’t excite her and rely on her instincts while choosing characters.

Kriti Kharbanda debuted in Bollywood with “Raaz: Reboot” in 2016, seven years after working in the Kannada and Telugu film industries. The actress has marked her versatility by working in films like, ‘Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana’, ‘Housefull 4’, ‘Pagalpanti’ and ‘Taish’, among many others.

In an interview with the news agency, Kriti mentioned it has taken her five years to finally afford the choice of the films she wants to work in.

Kriti Kharbanda said, “My attempt is to work towards making myself so secure that I have the opportunity and the option to say no and make the right choices, which I probably didn’t have a few years ago. I have that option today and I am going to make the most of it. I will only do something that truly resonates with me.”

The actress called learning to say no as her ‘biggest achievement.’ She mentioned she would earlier struggle with it.

“But I realized, whatever decision you make, someone, somewhere won’t be pleased by it. Today, I have come to accept that someone will be unhappy. But I can’t compromise on my happiness to do something to please others. The pandemic has also contributed to giving me that perspective. I don’t want to spend my time doing things that I don’t enjoy,” the actress said.

From working in blockbuster hit ‘Housefull 4’ to the acclaimed film ‘Taish’ last year, the actress said some of her film choices which worked for her, were a result of listening to her inner voice and not what people around her said.

On this, the 30-year-old said, “There were films I was offered, which a lot of people told me I should do but I had a feeling I should not. When I look back, it turned out in my favor. While I should be accepting of the opinions of others, it is the opinion I have of myself that matters the most because I have to live with the choices I make.”

Meanwhile, Kirti will be next seen in “14 Phere” opposite Vikrant Massey. Speaking on how Kirti came across 14 Phere”.

“After ‘Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aaana’, I felt I hadn’t been challenged enough. ‘Housefull’ and ‘Pagalpanti’ were a challenge too but I wanted to do something that also made me feel I was doing more than that… I was in a good space and thought of going back to light-hearted fun films which give me a scope to perform. But it is difficult to come across films like that, ” she added.

Kirti Kharbanda

14 Phere” is helmed by Devanshu Singh and written by Manoj Kalwani. The romantic- comedy is slated to be released on ZEE5 on July 23.

Kirti said the film, ’14 Phere’, gave her the opportunity to mark a strong character of Aditi who is an independent, young woman who breaks all the stereotypes.

“She is not the conventional shy, girl-next-door. Aditi is relatable, inspiring. She doesn’t just blindly give into love. She understands the practicality of the situation. She has so many flaws and is a girl who uses her brains.

“That’s what I loved about it, there was an opportunity to play a character where the brain was as important as the heart,” the actress added.

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