Kriti Kharbanda Says It Takes B*lls To Turn Down Roles Because Rejection Might Hurt Egos. Sigh, She’s Got That Right!
Appearances can be so deceptive. Take the word ‘No’, for example. Such a simple, two-letter word, isn’t it? And yet, some of the most powerful people are wary of saying it. Because saying ‘no’ to someone could sour relations, cause a power struggle and make or break futures. Especially in fields like politics and film industry, which are ruled by a few and have their businesses running on goodwill and interpersonal relations, even a well-intended rejection can hurt egos, and things can get ugly. So when Kriti Kharbanda talked about how difficult it is to turn down film roles that don’t seem to do much for their career, I guess, we kinda felt that.
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The actress, who was last seen in the thriller film Taish, which also starred boyfriend Pulkit Samrat along with Jim Sarah, Sanjeeda Shaikh and Harshvardhan Rane, spoke to Hindustan Times in an interview about turning down films because they don’t seem the right fit, and needing some serious courage to do so since it would mean possibly hurting the egos of some pretty powerful people in the film industry in the process. She said,
“You need ba**s to say no. It’s very difficult to develop that strength to say what you want, as it may offend someone. It’s okay to say no sometimes, and be selfish… doing things for your ownself and not everybody else. It makes a hell lot of a difference. There is kind of no other way to do it.”
Sigh, taking offence is after all our national pastime, isn’t it? Of course, the actor could have a very valid reason for rejecting the role, and Kriti believes that as hard as it is, you’ve got to do what you think is right for you, even if the other party does not understand it.
“But the truth is you have to understand what’s good for you. If you are not feeling right about something, there is no point going through it. It’s not just about being unfair to yourself, but also to someone else. Your reason may not make sense to someone else at that point, but hopefully at some point, they may understand. And even if they don’t, it’s alright.”
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Kriti also said that she doesn’t regret turning down any films because she would’ve always had her reasons to do so.
“I have never regretted turning down a film. I never had to think, I had my reasons. And at that point, those reasons were very relevant. You can’t regret something which was relevant to you.”
What Kriti Kharbanda says definitely makes sense. But again, it is easier said than done. Even some of the biggest names in the industry, like the Khans or even Amitabh Bachchan, have had to take on roles or do cameos as favours for their industry connections, just to keep certain relationships intact. We’ve seen top actors and actresses impale themselves on the sword and headline truly horrible films or stereotypical roles, simply because their parents, best friends or siblings are directors and producers on them. And yet, on the other side of the spectrum, the younger lot of actors do seem to be adopting the attitude of saying ‘no’ to roles that do not interest them, even if it means doing just one film a year. And honestly, I think thats great.
We used to joke about how Aamir Khan, the perfectionist, would do just one film a year, while an Akshay Kumar doled out some five in the same time, and SRK and Salman Khan had at least two festival releases lined up. But slowly and surely, actors are realising that you stay relevant by doing the right kind of roles. And saying yes to everything that comes their way, even if it is not suited to them, might actually do more harm than good.
Kriti Kharbanda will soon be seen with Vikrant Massey in Devanshu Singh’s 14 Phere.
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And we hope she continues to bear the strength to say ‘no’ and only do roles that she believes in!