Though thrilled about her first international film Sach is Life, Kirti Kulhari admits playing a real-life character and doing justice to her journey is harder
Years of manifestation has brought Kirti Kulhari on the cusp of taking her career international. She is set to begin work on her maiden international venture, Sach is Life. But while there is excitement, there is also nervousness about stepping into a real-life story. “I have wanted to explore work opportunities outside. The kind of work that I do in India and the kind of actor I am, going international felt like a natural progression. I am a little nervous about playing a real-life character. The person will watch me play her on screen and could well say, ‘I didn’t enjoy this,’” she begins.
The first look of Sach is Life
At the same time, the actor is certain that such a story compels you to approach it with complete honesty. Debutant director Harsh Mahadeshwar’s film is about an Indian couple based in the US, who are determined to provide their three-year-old son, diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a life that he deserves. While Kulhari plays mother Daisy Munshi, Jim Sarbh will be seen as her on-screen husband. “I am a sucker for real-life stories. I get 10 times more excited about a true story than a fictional one. Daisy-ji’s life revolves around their son, Sachin. She is hands-on and takes three hours to take Sachin through his morning routine. She happens to be the carrier of this particular gene, and it weighs upon her like a rock, even today.”
That Kulhari has an equally passionate co-star in Sarbh makes her all the more excited. “Jim is not only an intelligent actor, but also an intelligent human being. He is someone who will be driven to tell a story. Only if he knows he can dive into the story with his time, efforts and can do justice to it, will he sign it.”
From the late Irrfan Khan to Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Indian cinema has had successful exports to the West. Does she plan to follow in their footsteps? Not really. Kulhari wants to surrender to the universe’s plans. She says, “"I want to follow Kirti's footsteps. As the world opens up to me, I will make my decisions. I want to work in the West and strike a balance with my career in India. But am I aiming for [more international projects] actively? No. I am doing my thing, taking each day as it comes and hoping for the best. Comparisons are unavoidable. people, who want to draw comparisons, will do that. But it's not in my control so why should I bother about it?"