Kriti Sanon is more of a pyjama party person but is self admittedly getting the hang of filmi bashes. For starters, the actress who turns 28 today, ushered in her birthday with a joint celebration with producer-friend Dinesh Vijan. Excerpts from an interview:
You have just completed the first schedule of Sajid Khan’s Housefull 4 in London. The film pairs you with Akshay Kumar with whom you were supposed to feature in the 2015 comedy, Singh is Bling. How was the shoot?
We completed a song choreographed by Farah (Khan) ma’am. It was great fun to watch her instruct the doppelgangers of the royal family on the set. It was a short but entertaining schedule and the madness has just begun. Now, I’m off for a long schedule of Luka Chhupi which rolls on August 1 after which I return to Housefull 4. Akshay is a chilled-out person with great comic timing. He always has suggestions about how to perform a scene and make it more interesting. He talks in the Delhi-style Punjabi and never makes you feel like he’s a senior.
What was it like having another Kriti (Kharbanda) on the sets?
It’s funny because when people called out ‘Kriti’ neither of us responded. That happens with Sajid Khan (director) and Sajid Nadiadwala (producer) too so I address them as Sajid (for Khan) and Sajid sir (For Nadiadwala). It’s fun to have a namesake on set because when you are getting scolded, it feels like it’s directed at the other person (laughs).
And how is the prep for your first period war drama, Ashutosh Gowariker’s Panipat with Arjun Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt, going?
I have taken a break for now but whenever I find the time, I try to brush up on my horse-riding skills which I’d learnt for Raabta. It will start mid-November, so I have some time.
Tell us about Luka Chhupi…
I was one of the first few to hear the script. Back then, we weren’t sure when the film would go on the floors and who would be in it. I was doing a couple of other films then but instantly connected with this rom-com set in a small town which touches upon social issues but without being preachy. I’ve just started prepping with Kartik and he’s a lot of fun. I have never been to Gwalior and Mathura so it’s going to be interesting shooting there.
What plans for your birthday today?
I usually don’t party unless someone organises a small get-together at home. Back in school and college, two-three friends and I would celebrate our birthdays. But I don’t remember the last time I had a proper celebration. I’m more of a homebody, I like pyjamas parties. But Dinoo’s (producer Dinesh Vijan) birthday is a day before mine so we hosted a party last night. It was my first filmi party. Actually, it was his party and I brought in my birthday there too with some friends from the industry. Today, I will spend some time at home before getting back to the Luka Chhupi prep because I have less than a week before I leave for Gwalior. My parents aren’t coming down this time but my sister Nupur is here.