New Beginnings - Kritika Kamra

A popular face on Indian television, Kritika Kamra has many great shows to her credit in a career spanning over 10 years. The actress recently entered the silver screen with the film Mitron, where she was seen alongside Jackky Bhagnani. Terming 2018 as a crucial year in her career, Kritika hopes it will prove to be a big turning point as well.

With more than 10 years of experience as an actress on television, you've recently entered B-Town. How does it feel?
I debuted as an actor in 2007. Now, a decade later, I’ve experimented with a new media, something that I have been wanting to do for a while. Now that finally got a chance to be part of a film, I feel that I have explored a lot of things on television. I’ve explored different genres and have been a show host, too. But this is a completely new area for me and it feels great; it feels like I am starting a new chapter of my life. I am very excited at the same time – very nervous and I hope people accept me on this new platform.

From TV to Bollywood, what’s the shift been like?
The transition has taken its own course. I have come close to making my Bollywood debut in the past, but unfortunately it didn’t take off. But it was when I wasn’t actively looking for a change that Mitron came my way. It was just that one phone call and then meetings that followed, that changed my life. Within a couple of days we did a workshop and started shooting for the film in Ahmedabad.

What’s the best thing about Jackky Bhagnani as a co-actor?
The best thing about Jackky as a co-actor and as a person is his discipline. He’s the most disciplined person I know, from his fitness routine to his readings, dance practices, and everything else. Whatever he does, he does it well, he does it on time, and very passionately. He doesn’t take anything for granted, which is really good; it really inspires me.

You’ve also done quite a few short films. How were they?
I did short films when they were not really in the mainstream. I remember the first one I did, called Best Girlfriend; it got quite a good response. In fact, I didn’t even know that it would be put out on the internet. It came as a surprise to all of us, and now so many people are making short films and telling such good stories. I hope to explore the digital platform in the future. I don’t want to be known as a television actor; I want to be known as a good actor. I want to be able to work in different media and see how different the experience is.

Where do you think the digital space is heading?
I think the future of the digital space is very bright. It has already become a very exciting platform; it is really booming. I myself am hooked on Netflix and Amazon Prime. With the current shows that are coming out in India, it’s clear that we can also be a very big player when it comes to web series. I’m sure great content is going to come out of our country, making us proud, especially after series like the Sacred Games and Breathe. I hope to be a part of one such web series soon.

What was the turning point in your acting career?
Honestly, I don’t look at it like that, because I think every project has given me something more. I am very grateful for all the shows that I have done and that have got me here. I am grateful to television shows for bringing me the following that I have today. Having said that, this year is definitely very important for me, and you can call it the turning point in my career. I don’t know what lies beyond this film and whether people will like it or not, but I have learned a great deal on this particular project. So as an artist I would consider this a turning point.

Who was your favourite superhero when you were a child?
My favourite superhero was Batman, as a lot of us girls have a thing for these dark brooding characters. And he was really cool because he had a Batmobile, really cool gadgets, and he had a wonderful story going on. I really like dark and intense characters, so Batman was my favourite. But currently, Deadpool is one of my favourites. He’s so cool!

If you could shop all you wanted for a day, where would you do it?
London! It is one of my favourite places in the world. It’s great for all kinds of shopping, from high-end designer labels to high-street fashion, to even vintage stores!

One beauty trend that you love?
One beauty trend I love and I think is essential is contouring. From your brows to your cheeks, your nose to your jaw, everything looks better and sharper when you contour it. I’m glad that somebody came up with it.

How would you best describe yourself?
I’m impulsive, sensitive, stubborn, and someone who wants to improve always; a true-blue Scorpio.

What’s your personal style?
Boho chic or casual chic. I believe in ‘less is more’, so my style is casual, easy, and practical.

Five things you can’t leave home without.
My phone, charger, a perfume, sanitizer, and a pair of sunglasses.       

--- as told to Jaideep Pandey (Connect with him on Twitter: @PandeyJaideep) on Instagram: @jdpjournalist)