Atrangi Re film of Sara Ali Khan received great response and love from the audience on OTT platform. She said that she didn’t think that an OTT release could get as much love as a theatrical outing.
“It’s divine justice somehow that in 2020, the only good thing that happened (for me) was Atrangi Re, and 2021 ended with Atrangi, and I’m beginning 2022 talking to you about it,” she smiles, adding, “I’ve realised that agar junta ka pyaar milna hota hai toh woh kahin bhi mil jaata hai.”
When asked if she okay, if her films releases on OTT in future, due to covid situation. “If you had asked me this question, maybe 10 days ago, I’d have said that I really missed the theatres, which I do. But, ultimately, we make films so that people watch, enjoy and appreciate them. If I’m able to do that, medium where it happens is not as important to me. If your content is strong, and your actors are honest, OTT or theatres don’t matter,” says the 26-year-old.
With the web boom, Sara agrees that “times are changing” and nowadays, it’s “less about being a heroine and more about performers”.
She explains, “I think that people have liked Rinku’s character (in Atrangi Re) because she’s not a heroine. She’s a girl from Bihar, and I’ve not done a hero act; I’ve genuinely lived her life and portrayed it on screen. That way, Aanand Ji (Aanand L Rai, director) had very strong content and that worked.”
Talking about how she takes criticism, when people don’t like her performance. She said, “Ever since I was a child, I’ve really enjoyed criticism. Of course, I enjoy appreciation also But I’ve realised early in my life than more than the happiness that successes give you, the learnings that failures give you teach you far more in life.”
As a history student, Sara says she understands the importance of keep learning and growing. “If somebody says, ‘Oh, you were too unnecessarily loud here’, it’s my job to make sure that the next time I’ve to take a loud pitch, I should be convinced and be able to convince you about it. So, I don’t take criticism badly at all. I read reviews, I reflect on them and I try to make sure that people can appreciate work in the future if they haven’t right now,” she adds.
Even when it comes to social media, despite being “real and herself”, Sara has been subjected to trolling. But she asserts she knows how not to let it affect her. “If I’m being trolled for my work, it affects me, because I’m making films for the audiences. So if they’re not liking it, it’s a problem. But, if I’m being trolled for saying what I am being or being who I am, then I don’t really care. My mental peace doesn’t depend on what people say. You should learn and aspire for appreciation but there’s a difference between appreciation and validation. In the confusion of the two is where most people get lost and I think I understand that difference,” shares the actor, who’s currently shooting in Indore for Laxman Utrekar’s next with Vicky Kaushal.
Talking about Covid situation, “The Covid scare is much bigger than anything else, and safety is paramount. So, whatever the State and Central governments are doing, they’re thinking about everyone. I do hope that things get curbed and it’s in our hands to make things go back to the world that we wanted it to.”