Sara Ali Khan - "Desiness to me is an emotion", on playing characters from the heartland of India

She recently opened up on what makes her pick up characters from the heartland of the country and how she aces them.

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Riding high on the success of Zara Hatke Zara Bachke, Sara Ali Khan has been on a roll truly.  Films like Kedarnath, Atrangi Re, Gaslight, and the recent Zara Hatke Zara Bachke have made it evident that Sara is the new Desi girl in town. She recently opened up on what makes her pick up characters from the heartland of the country and how she aces them. 

In an interview with a leading daily, when asked about how her career has panned out in the past five years, Sara says, "I think whenever I have played a girl from the heartland of India, it has connected with the audience because I am that person in my soul – in the way I travel, eat, talk or my values. Whether it is the Bihari dialect in Atrangi Re or dressing up like a Punjabi girl in Zara Hatke Zara Bachke (ZHZB), these are things you have to work on, but desiness to me is an emotion." 

Further, when asked what the next genre the actress would like to explore, Sara said, "I want to be able to do everything. There is a certain connection that I feel to heartland India, and I would like to do another one in that zone. But I also want to do a royal period drama and a romantic film. I want to reach a point where people say that there is no genre that Sara can’t do. I set very high standards for myself; I always have. I believe that if you aim for the moon, you will land on the stars. Aanand L Rai taught me that – give a bad shot, but never give a safe shot. Take a risk, take that leap."

While there's no doubt that Sara Ali Khan is one of the most promising young stars of her generation, what makes her stand out is her ability to breathe life into small-town characters. The tinsel town diva essayed played the character of Mukku, a free-spirited girl in Kedarnath. In Atrangi Re, she played the character of Rinku, a vivacious girl from Bihar on a journey of self-discovery and love. In the delightful romantic comedy "Zara Hatke Zara Bachke," Sara played Soumya, a small-town girl with dreams of making her own house in the city of Indore.

On the work front, our new 'Desi girl' will be next seen as a freedom fighter in 'Aye Watan Mere Watan'. She also has Homi Adajania's 'Murder Mubarak' in her pipeline ahead.

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