Kriti Sanon has had a very productive last year, having starred in two important films: Raabta and Bareilly Ki Barfi. Personally, my favorite part of her body of work, so far, is her performance in Bareilly Ki Barfi, where she plays an average young woman called Bitti, who is from Bareilly.
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What makes Sanon’s character more endearing than the circumstances of her life, like a prospective loveless marriage that Bitti doesn’t like the idea of, is the kind of person she is. Apart from being headstrong, Bitti seems really carefree too: she’s also a dancer, who likes to copy dancing methods from dance videos and reenact them herself.
In Bareilly Ki Barfi, Kriti worked with Ayushmann Khurrana for the first time and for the second time with Rajkumar Rao. Sanon’s working pattern with the two actors involved plenty of rehearsals and conversations over how to best perform in all of their scenes together; it sounds quite theatrical, which isn’t much of a surprise given Khurrana and Rao’s previous work in theater.
But where Kriti and her acting process is concerned, Sanon always prioritizes the script and her role in it, prior to choosing a film to work in because of the relationship that an actor shares with her audience; Kriti wants that relationship to bear fruit – she is that kind of an actor who wants the audience to enjoy her performance. Influencing the audience’s perception in a positive angle is naturally not a joke, as Raabta proved which bombed at the box office but her second film last year, Bareilly Ki Barfi, certainly delivered what Kriti had desired – appreciation for her work as an actor.
Kriti also has a rather unique way to look at her finished film projects. After a film project is complete for her, Kriti often feels that she could have applied a different approach to her scenes but observing her act makes me think otherwise; Kriti’s work is often entertaining and because of that it feels unreduced.
Raabta’s failure had deflated her emotions somewhat but with Bareilly Ki Barfi, Sanon seems to have made a lasting impact: post the film’s release, Sanon was very busy taking a look at the reviews of the film and felt elated at the response – the film had received both good reviews and also success at the box office. After spending a pretty long time starring in a rather average range of films, it was most definitely a deserving success for Sanon.