No one had imagined that the world will come to a standstill: Kiara Advani
The actor, who calls herself a ‘home person’, says she doesn’t feel ‘stuck at home’ but admits that she misses ‘going on the sets’Updated: May 20, 2020 21:36 IST
She was shooting for Bhool Bhulaiyya 2 till days before lockdown 1.0 was announced. Before that, Kiara Advani was working back-to-back on her slate of films [Good Newwz, Laxmmi Bomb, Indoo Ki Jawani, Shershaah and Guilty]. But then, everything came to a screeching halt due to the Covid-19 pandemic. And the actor admits that sometimes, she finds it all “a bit unbelievable.”
“Honestly, no one – including me – imagined the world coming to a standstill,” says Kiara, adding that she has “anyway always been a ‘home person’. “So, there’s not a feeling that ‘arrey, main atak gayi hoon (oh, I am stuck).’ But having said that, I do miss going on the sets,” she says.
Interestingly, the Kabir Singh actor has been making great use of “all the free time.” “I’m using this period to expand my knowledge vis-à-vis things that I had been mulling over. For example, I am trying to polish my Urdu diction, and there are so many institutions/universities that offer free courses. So, the idea is to keep myself engaged in a productive manner,” she says.
Not just that, Kiara is also kicked that she is “back in touch” with so many people. “I always wanted to reach out to them. Now, I have reconnected with so many of my friends as well as my school teachers. And honestly, it’s such a warm feeling,” says the actor, adding “not many know” that she also plays online ludo “almost every day” with her friends and family.
At the same time, what’s “really heartening” for Kiara is to see the feeling of “oneness” in people. “Amidst the crisis, it’s great to see how people are valuing basics and finding happiness in them all over again. It’s clear that we all are in it together,” says the actor, adding that among other stuff such as meeting friends and family, an “important thing” on her to-do list once things go back to normalcy, is to enjoy a film in a theatre. “And that too with my bucket of pop-corn, but that may take some time,” she says.
At the same time, Kiara is also aware that another thing which “may take time” is a film team “being able to go back to the sets and work.” “I know that it will take some time for film shoots to resume because at any given point, we have 500-600 people on a set. But let’s keep our spirits intact – for everyone,” she concludes.
The written word!
Although Kiara has watched her share of content on OTT platforms during the lockdown period but there’s one thing that the actor wanted to do “in a more regular manner” but couldn’t – reading books. “I am not much of a reader but it’s definitely high on my to-do list. In fact, I have a list of books ready that I want to start [reading] soon,” she says. But in the meantime, the actor has managed to finish reading all the [film] scripts [offered to her]. “That way, I’m making the most of this period,” she says.