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Kirti Kulhari: Outsiders struggle for just one chance in Bollywood

Actress Kirti Kulhari says the struggle for actors like her, who are outsiders in the film industry, is to get just one chance to showcase their talent, unlike stars kids.

Kirti Kulhari
Kirti Kulhari

Kirti made her debut in 'Khichdi: The Movie' and got her breakthrough role in Bejoy Nambiar's 'Shaitan'.

"It is one struggle to prove yourself and another to get an opportunity to do that (to prove oneself). The fight for outsiders is not about 'oh we are so good'. The fight is more about 'give me a chance to show you what I can do'," Kirti told PTI.

The 31-year-old actress says star kids have an edge over others as people are ready to work with them.

"If you don't give me a film, a platform to showcase, I am lost like so many others. You would never know what I can or cannot do. This is where the so called 'star kids' benefit.

It's like 'what do you want? You want (to work with) him, her? Okay let's do this (film) together.'

"There are people ready to take those chances on you, but for us we have to struggle for those chances," she said. Kirti, however, is humbled to have worked with megastar Amitabh Bachchan in "Pink".

"I felt a lot of humility and gratitude. When you're sitting in front of him and giving your first shot, there are a couple of scenes where it is only him and me, it is something I cannot put into words," Kirti said.

"There are thoughts regarding how well you want to do in your work and the heights you want to achieve, but to actually do a whole film with him is exciting. He literally has 90 per cent of the scenes with us so I feel grateful to see him work and be in one frame," she said.

The actress will be next seen with Kay Kay Menon in her upcoming period-thriller 'San Pachhatar 75'. The Navneet Behal-directed film, set to release on July 1, revolves around a deal of the first mobile phone (prototype) brought in India with (imposition of) Emergency in the background.

Kirti says she is trying hard to make the most of whatever she is offered and wants people to remember her performances.

"With the choices that I have, which are not too many, I am trying to do the best I can. Every time I meet someone,they talk about 'Shaitan'. That film was years ago. I want people to talk about my last release too," she said.

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