In a short amount of time, Kiara Advani has made a name for herself in Bollywood. While the budding actress has done a handful of films in South India, it wasn’t until she starred in Netflix’s hit show, Lust Stories that people started noticing her more. But the starlet still feels like she has a long way to go. She said that she still doesn’t feel famous and thinks that she’s just starting off, additionally modestly crediting filmmaker Karan Johar for all the success she has achieved so far. She believes that Karan’s Lust Stories was the turning point of her career.
In an interview with Deccan Chronicle while promoting her upcoming film, Kabir Singh opposite Shahid Kapoor, Kiara stated that she considers Karan to her mentor and the person who gave her career a breakthrough. On sharing a professional relationship with the director, she said, “Karan Johar is my mentor because he changed my career by giving me the roles that he has. Whenever he advises me, I take it seriously. I can tell him if I don’t like anything as well, he has that approachable quality. If you don’t like the script, say no. He is not somebody who is egoistic, he is very open.”
The 26-year-old actress added that after having worked in Lust Stories, she’s been landing roles that she once only dreamed of. “Many people think that Lust Stories is my first film but my first film was Fugly. So, it has been a long journey and there has been a struggle. Finally, I am getting to do roles that I dream of,” she continued. Kiara also feel grateful for not being type casted in the industry. She added, “I am lucky that I have not got typecast. In M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, I played a very simple girl. People think I am very glamorous because I like to dress up and all of that, but my roles never had anything to do with who I am. I think that typecasting has not happened to me. I am lucky that people haven’t put me in a bracket. That’s my biggest plus point — I am able to pull off everything.”
Kiara also spoke about the role actresses are now playing in an industry that is predominantly taken over by men. Stating that things are now evolving in Bollywood, she concluded, “There has been a change in the industry. And I think actresses like Deepika Padukone and Kangana Ranaut are the ones who are bringing about these changes – for the good. They offer a very tough competition to all the male actors as well proving that they are not any less than them. At the end of the day, it’s a business. You have to make sure the film opens well at the box office.”