Film debut is a tricky phenomenon. Sometimes it instantly catapults a debutant into a sensation such as a Hrithik Roshan. Other times, it takes a few years for an actor’s craze and charisma to catch on with the movie-going masses like a Kartik Aaryan or perhaps an Ayushman Khurana. But Sara Ali Khan has proved with her debut that she is here to stay. Speaking to her, one feels that her character in Kedarnath pretty much mirrors her own persona. She comes across as high spirited; not afraid of getting what her heart desires. That is why all the critics have unanimously given her a thumbs up saying Sarah fits the bill like no other!
Does the uncertainty around the box office scare you? Especially when the big names also are not able to save their films?
I think I am too new to have a fear like that. My only fear at this moment is not being able to give my hundred per cent to the character that I am playing. Whether it is Simmba or Kedarnath I was able to give my all to it. What happens at the box office is something which I can't control, so I don’t stress about things which are not in my hands.
What do you think of Ranveer as a co-star and what is your take on his fashion choices? Can you ever be as brave as him?
What I absolutely love about Ranveer is that ‘Who Apni Karta Hai and he does it with complete honesty and conviction’. And from work point of view, I think he is the most talented person I have ever met. His energy on the sets is so contagious that you cannot afford to not give your fullest. That’s the only option he gives you as a co-star. Also as a human being, he is so humble and honest that you can learn from him a lot. And as far as his fashion sense is concerned, I don’t think anyone can pull it off the way he does.
Those who say that Simmba is like Dabbang – what would you like to say to them?
I would say please come and watch it for yourself. There are no similarities and if you find any then go and watch again, you probably haven’t watched it with full attention.
Do you have any memory from the sets when your mom and dad were working extensively?
I have been to the sets, but only to play with mom’s makeup and my dad’s co-actor’s makeup. I used to be enamoured with that. The first set I ever visited was of Kedarnath and then I realized how different it is from what you eventually see in the cinemas.
How do you react when people tag you as another star kid with privileges?
My upbringing has been altogether very different. My parents as you know don’t live together and as far as I remember I have lived with my mother. My mother, after my birth, has not been doing many mainstream films. My father, on the other hand, is a stickler for politics, reading, history and arts. His interests are inclined towards different things. So I never deny that I come from a film family but I will object if one says that my upbringing was done in the same way.
Knowing about films and actually shooting on the sets are very different things. What’s one thing that caught you by surprise or maybe it was different from your expectations?
It was full of surprises. So on Kedarnath sets the first thing I remember was talking to Sushant and asking ‘why are we recording the same scene again and again’. And he enlightened me that this is how a scene gets shot that you have to shoot it from different angles and that is how the whole film gets made. So I did not know those basics as well.
What are the things add Masala! in your life?
Movies spice up my life and I am blessed that I am able to give back that Masala! to the audience. It is very much like life coming full circle; when you have watched films and love every bit of it and now you are part of making one. So yes, films make my life masalay daar!
One advice would you give to other debutants who want to make it big?
I am too young to give anyone any advice but yes I can repeat one thing which was shared with me when I decided to become an actor. That if you work hard, if you are dedicated to your craft and if you are honest with your work, you are bound to flourish. And this is not only true for films but also for any other profession.
• Which of your parent's movies have you watched the most?
My father’s Hum Tum and mom’s Chameli Ki Shaadi is what I have watched very often.
• 3 things you never leave your house without
I am quite crazy that way. I can leave everything and walk out. So I am not dependent on things that much.
• Your cheat meals look like:
Waffles and Pancakes
• Amrita in Aaina or Amrita in Chameli Ki Shaadi
Tough one. As a film, I prefer Chameli Ki Shaadi but I think her performance in Aaina was superlative.
– Sadiq Saleem is a Dubai based entertainment writer. He can be contacted on his page fb/sidsaidso.