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Kriti Sanon on her character in 'Shehzada': My role is rewritten from the original

Updated on: 01 February,2023 08:21 AM IST  |  Mumbai
Priyanka Sharma |

While she admits that Shehzada revolves around male protagonist, Kriti says remake of Allu Arjun-starrer isn’t like other potboilers that sideline female characters

Kriti Sanon on her character in 'Shehzada': My role is rewritten from the original

Kriti Sanon

Happy yet restless — that is Kriti Sanon’s state of mind. Even though her 2022 releases Bachchhan Paandey and Bhediya received underwhelming response, the actor is still reaping the benefits of Mimi (2021). “I am probably in the best phase of my career, but I want to climb higher,” she smiles, ready to open the year with Shehzada. Sanon was looking for something breezy after the intense Mimi, and the remake of Allu Arjun’s Telugu hit Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo (2020) seemed like the perfect answer. “In the ’90s, we used to have films like Hum Aapke Hain Koun that were complete entertainers. Somewhere down the line, they stopped making such films. Shehzada is a modern version of that [genre of movies].”

Rohit Dhawan’s directorial venture is largely centred on Kartik Aaryan’s character. Was she concerned about not driving the narrative? “My role is rewritten from the original. I play a lawyer; the female character in the original wasn’t [one]. My character is independent, strong-headed and doesn’t stand in the background. There are fresh scenes. Shehzada is a male-centric film. [Earlier, such movies] had female characters who were submissive and damsels in distress. That is changing.”

Shehzada is a remake of Ala VaikunthapurramulooShehzada is a remake of Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo

The actor is balancing the masala film with The Crew that sees her alongside Kareena Kapoor Khan and Tabu. You can hear the excitement in her voice, as she says, “I am working with female actors whom I admire; we don’t get to do this very often. This film is all about the camaraderie of the three characters. We are from three different generations, so it will be cool coming together.”

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Before The Crew hits the marquee, Sanon will be seen in Om Raut’s Adipurush. The teaser of the Prabhas-starrer was criticised by the audience, but she is hopeful about the final product. “It was just a one-minute-35-second teaser; there is much more to the film. These days, anything you put out gets judged so soon. It’s unfortunate.”

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