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I took advice from Salman, says Kiara Advani

Published : Mar 7, 2017, 12:07 am IST
Updated : Mar 7, 2017, 6:31 am IST

Kiara Advanitalks about bouncing back after the debacle of her debut film.

Kiara Advani
 Kiara Advani

Kiara Advani, who marked her Bollywood debut with Fugly, didn’t have an easy journey in Bollywood. After a small role in M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, which was mainly Sushant Singh Rajput’s film, the actress will next be seen in Abbas-Mustan’s thriller Machine. Looking back, Kiara feels happy about the way her career has shaped so far. In a candid chat, she spills the beans on her upcoming film, working with newcomer Mustafa and her career among, other things. Edited excerpts from the interview:  

How did you bag Abbas-Mustan’s Machine?
When my manager first told me about the film, I didn’t believe it. I was already convinced about taking up the project when they approached me. I have watched every film they have made, so I know that they give their heroines meaty roles. When I heard the script, I was 100 per cent sure of doing it. Machine was one of the biggest decisions I have taken in my life — it was the best narration till date. It is a typical Abbas-Mustan thriller.

What is your role in the film?
I am playing Sara who is a die-hard romantic. It is difficult to sum up my role in few lines. It is a thriller so if I say anything else, it will reveal a lot.

Was it a conscious effort to take up this film, given that Fugly didn’t work at the box office and Dhoni was technically Sushant’s film?
When I started with Fugly, I was excited that I was playing a raw and edgy character in the film. After I nailed the audition, I realised that the role wasn’t something I was comfortable with. During Dhoni, it was an opportunity to work with Neeraj sir that attracted me. Despite having a short role in the film, I had so much to do.

For me, content is also important. I just won’t sing and dance in a film. But when you have a chance to star in an Abbas-Mustan film, why will anyone let it go? I have been lucky to do films which have been different from each other.

Were you disappointed when Fugly didn’t work?
I was a little heartbroken considering it was my debut film. I went into a shell — I wasn’t aware how the industry functions.  I took advice from Salman Khan. He told me that I  just need to believe in myself. He told me to be patient and that good things take a while to come. I was waiting for good films after Fugly released. My second film was important. I kept waiting, and the period strengthened me. I would rather wait and do something worth while than take up bad films.

Are you happy with how your career has shaped up?
I am really happy that I started off with Fugly. It broke my inhibitions as an actor. It was like my training ground. Thanks to that, I value every little success and I will always be grounded.

How was it working with Mustafa?
He is a confident actor. I was very competitive with him on the sets. I met him in Georgia since we didn’t really do workshops. I asked him to do a few readings. He doesn’t come across as a debut actor. He has great knowledge of cinema.

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