After making a successful Hindi film debut with ‘Heropanti’ (2014), Kriti Sanon’s career graph has only seen an upward ascent with time. There have been a few bumps (‘Raabta’, ‘Arjun Patiala’) along the way too but that has not stopped her striking the kind of success ratio that most actors aspire to but often fall short of.
Earlier this year, she made her presence felt in the romantic drama ‘Luka Chuppi’ in which she was paired opposite Kartik Aaryan for the first time. Being a romantic film, the two lead actors got ample scope to play around with their characters and deliver the kind of performances that would stay with the audience for a long time. While Kriti had done well in all the parts she had been offered since her debut film ‘Nennokaddine’ (Telugu, 2014), ‘Raabta’ is perhaps the first time she got a character (or two actually) she could really sink her teeth into. The film, unfortunately, did not do very well and the ease with which she brought out a distinction between Saiba and Saira, the two characters she was playing in the film, went unnoticed by a large section of the audience. The disappointment of Raabta’s failure was soon forgotten with ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ which brought her both critical acclaim and commercial success. The film was not a huge grosser as such but proved to be a decent success at the box-office an made the audience realise that here was a solid talent which they need to take note of.
‘Luka Chuppi’, finally, proved to be that perfect vehicle which brought in big numbers along with all the acclaim. Though a delayed ‘Arjun Patiala’, despite a fairly innovative theme by Hindi film standards, did not do well she has bounced back with ‘Housefull 4’ which is on its course to become one of the biggest successes of this year. The film also might just turn out to be the most successful film in the ‘Housefull’ franchise.
Kriti seems to be one of those actors who like to balance the material they work on. After a madcap entertainer like ‘Housefull 4’, she plays the historical figure Parvati Bai in Ashutosh Gowarikar’s magnum opus ‘Panipat’. If the film clicks at the box-office, she will have three successes to her name to this year. Next year, she would be seen in Laxman Utekar’s ‘Mimi’ and Rahul Dholakia’s thriller, both of which are driven by the character she plays in each of the two films.