The débutante, Sara Ali Khan who proved herself by her acting skills in Kedarnath talks about her feelings after the release and about her upcoming movie, Simmba. This rising star has received a lot of love and support after the release and we are hoping to see more of her on the silver screen.
Q. Did you celebrate success on your personal level?
SARA: my celebrations are interviews. This is really true. Because it has been so hectic. For the past 3 weeks I have been promoting my movies or shooting, so it’s been quite hectic. And I mean it from the bottom of my heart, the only time one gets to internalize what happens is at interviews with Kedarnath. After that it’s stalking to people and I’ve to react. So why think that has been the biggest celebration. and there’s nothing more beautiful than celebrating it with the people who make you what you are. I think I am what I am because of the media and the audience. So I went incognito to watch the film. Which was a celebration.
Q. What was the best reaction of received for Kedarnath?
SARA: I sound like a seddist but when people were crying doing the climax sceen, I’m like yes. I feel like when you do often and you are moved, and you are in the moment, it is the most beautiful thing. My parents are going to like it. My mom cried at the end of the film.
Q. Did your mother also feel if you acted like her?
SARA: she definitely said I looked like her. I don’t know about acting, she’s an extremely fine actor. it’s going to take me a long time to be able to be generally compare to her. But what I think is weird resemblance, that’s almost obvious. looking like her is not talking because I am her family but the what is shocking is that I have few pictures which are similar to my mom’s a lot, like a picture with purple lipstick.
Q. What did your grandmother say about the your movie?
SARA: She saw the movie and she is extremely proud. She is getting a lot of messages from other people and then she is messaging mom which is a big deal for me. That is amazing. As a character if you can bring audiences together and as an individual you can bring your family together, that’s something.
Q. How was it shooting for Aankh Maare?
SARA: I had a blast. It was fun. Like Ranveer said to me, “if you want people to have fun in the song , the safest and the easiest to way to ensure that is to have fun yourself while you are shooting it.”
Q. How did you match up to his energy?
SARA: I don’t know, I don’t think I have. Because it’s Ranveer Singh. but I have tried to stand on the best of my abilities. It has a lot to do with Ganesh sir. I was honestly having fun. There are moments in your life when you are really taking a back, I’m a huge Neha Kakkar fan. I listen to all her songs. Now, when I go on YouTube and type Aankh Maare, the only face to ‘seeti bajaye’ is mine, and that’s so funny and shocking to me. I know while I was shooting the song that I would wanna do that. I have fun watching it, because of course Ranveer, being the biggest star in the country, is a bright guy and he is right. If you have fun, that fun is captured for you to see and for you to show.
Q. How to did you feel while switching the roles in 2 movies?
SARA: Every character has different emotion. I am acting so whatever I am acting is not what I’m feeling and also when you have a strong team, everything is easier for you.
Q. What excited you to be a part of Simmba?
SARA: I am a huge Rohit Shetty fan. I’m inspired by versitility. There is no genre where I don’t want to work. I will try at least. And Rohit sir is the king of a particular genre plus Ranveer Singh, so why would anyone not want to do any movie with him?
Q. Do you feel like a star?
SARA: Not at all. That is nothing like stardom or fans for me, I have well wishers. It’s a bit weird, that’s why I love interviews. I don’t think about stardom. What matters to me is happiness and the way to achieve it is conviction in your work and giving that happiness to people watching my movie. This all is part of a journey and a process.
Q. Does your mom takes your call for movies?
SARA: Mom gives advice but she allows me to go for it. My mom and dad about equally educative towords me. They try to explain me everyday that this job is a beautiful job but it can engulf you. So the balance is a important. My dad was very particular that I have an education. He as a father and as an actor, told me the you need to realize that the highs are very high and the lows are very low. Be enthusiastic and also aware.
Q. Do you think it’s a burden now that people have liked your work and have more expectations from you?
SARA: I don’t think it’s a burden, it’s a give and take. It’s made me aware that I need to do better work and more work. Now the challenge is not searching for acceptance because I’ve worked very hard for Kedarnath. So 80% love is for my work and 20% is for good karma and the fact that people are liking me. I need to make sure that I love my work now so I’m going to work doubly hard.
Q. How was it working with Rohit Shetty?
SARA: I had a blast every single day on the set. He is an outstanding team leader. His work ethic is amazing. He is very giving. There is nothing that will make him go out of his way to prove everyone that he is Rohit Shetty. And that’s why he has the goodwill and also the team that has been with him since ten years. We all feel as invested in his movie as he does because that is the vibe that he creates. He also gives amazing snacks every couple of hours so that really keeps you going.
Q. You’ve been really outspoken in your interviews, what encourages you to do that?
SARA: I can’t lie to so many people multiple times and at different places so why to lie? I speak honest, real and outspokenly.
Q. Any directors on your wish list?
SARA: it’s a huge list. I wanna work with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Imtiaz Ali, David Dhawan, Anurag Basu, Anurag Kashyap, Karan Johar and many more!
Q. Any plans after Simmba?
SARA: No plans yet.
Q. Are you open in working for Netflix?
SARA: I am open to all kinds of work that are required me to act, if I’m convinced about it. The medium is secondary. My dad has done extremely well in Sacred Games.
Q. Qualities you like in a man?
SARA: I think humour is really important. And also being really intellectual.
BY: RUJUTA THETE