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“I am too new to develop an attitude” – Kriti Sanon

It’s celebration time in newbie Kriti Sanon‘s home. She flew to Delhi for a small family reunion.

Says Kriti, “I hadn’t been home to Delhi for the longest time. So when my parents and extended family threw a small celebration for the success of Heropanti I flew to my home town for just one day to party with my family.”

2 films old, one of them Heropanti a certified hit. And Kriti Sanon already has a reputation for displaying an attitude.

Could the fact that she has signed a film Singh Is Bling with Akshay Kumar have something to do with this?

Sounding baffled by the accusation Kriti defends herself stoutly. “How can I throw attitude? I am just two films old, one in Hindi the other in Telugu. Of course my Hindi film Heropanti has become a much bigger success than anyone ever imagined. But that doesn’t mean I’ve started thinking I’ve arrived. I am just a beginner. The two films so far are baby steps. If I develop an attitude I’ll be finished even before I’ve started. Besides, if I started misbehaving my folks would give me a tight slap.”

The supposed change in attitude actually comes from people’s change of expectations.

Says Kriti, “If I’m slightly busier now I am accused of changing. It’s sad to be constantly judged for every move you make after your first success. If you wear your hair differently you have changed. If you request for a little time to fulfill as commitment you’re accused of being arrogant. I repeat, I’ve achieved nothing to be arrogant about.”

Kriti says her time between the release Heropanti and the shooting of a second untitled Telugu film was taken up on social networking in Bollywood. “Unlike star kids whom everyone knows by first-name in the movie industry no one knew who I was. Being an outsider, I had to literally introduce everywhere. I met individual producers told them about myself, like any individual job-holder. Luckily for me my first producer Sajid Nadiadwala treats both Tiger Shroff and me like his kids. He’s very protective.”

Kriti has a three-film deal with Nadiadwala. “But it isn’t a binding deal. I’m free to work in outside production.”

She is already doing her second Telugu film opposite Naga Chaitanya. Kriti’s first Telugu film 1: Nennkkadine was an average runner.

Explains Kriti, “Though it starred the Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu it was something unexpected for his fans.”

As for the resounding success of Heropanti Kriti is over the moon. “While we were shooting we knew we were making a good film. But it was only after the first trailer came out that we realized we were sitting on a potential blockbuster.”

Kriti intends to stay connected with Tiger. “We are connected on Whatsapp. Even Sabir Sir (director Sabir Khan) I’m constantly in touch with. In fact his plaster after the leg fracture came off on Saturday.”

Having done two Telugu films (without knowing how to speak a word of Telugu) Kriti is open to offers from the South. “But only if something really good comes up. I signed both my Telugu films before the release of Heropanti. Now my priority is a career in Mumbai.”

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