After walking the ramp for the likes of Tarun Tahiliani and Rohit Bal, model Kriti Sanon made her Bollywood debut with Tiger Shroff-starrer "Heropanti". Overwhelmed with the success of her first film, she says acting is way easier than facing the live audience.
"I feel that modelling has groomed my personality and made me a confident person, but even today when I go on the ramp, I get nervous. I am more comfortable being in front of the camera than walking on the ramp," the 24-year-old told IANS.
And the Delhi girl has a reason for that.
"While walking the ramp, you face a live audience and those 15 minutes of walk have no retake," she said and added that as an actor even if one is "surrounded by people, you are sure of correcting your mistakes with retakes".
A product of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, and a B.Tech in Electronics and Communication, she hit the ramp at the age of five and rubbed shoulders with biggies like Madhu Sapre and Milind Soman on the stage.
However, she describes modelling as a hobby and insists that acting came "naturally" with time.
"Modelling has never been a career for me, it was always a hobby. I was modelling while pursuing my B.Tech. So, the obvious choice after finishing my studies was to do a job. But while I was modelling and doing TV commercials, I really loved being in front of the camera. I enjoyed the shooting process," she said.
"Heropanti", which released May 23, was declared a hit with a box office collection of over Rs.21 crore in the opening weekend.
Presented by UTV Motion Pictures and Nadiadwala Grandsons Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., the film was directed by Sabbir Khan.
Kriti is overjoyed with the success of her very first Bollywood project and she is determined to impress again with her second venture.
"It is a film of newcomers... still it got such a great response, so it's a great feeling. It feels very encouraging, and I am overwhelmed," she said.
"The first film is very important, but I think the second film is also important as it needs to be a notch higher. You need to choose the right kind of film because it's more like a career move.
"One film is not enough to showcase your talent or to show your abilities as an actor. So I would want another great script and good role," she added.
Fan of actresses like Kangana Ranaut, Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma, Kriti doesn't want to restrict herself to only glamorous roles.
"I think the audience is reacting well to different kind of films. So, I would also want to do a role where I get a chance to show my substance as an actress.
"It would be an opportunity where I would have something to do rather then just playing a side role or adding to the glamorous quotient," said the actress.