‘In life or in films, nothing is really safe’

The adage ‘when it rains, it pours’ rings dramatically true for Sara Ali Khan, who makes her acting debut on December 6 with Kedarnath, a turbulent love story set against the backdrop of the 2013 Uttarakhand floods.

Asked if she was hesitant to explore the tricky terrain of religious divides through a love story, Khan is certain that her film shows how people come together in the face of calamity.

“Religion may be seen as a divisive thing. But what we are trying to underline is that when push comes to shove, your caste, your religion and your identity doesn’t count… A calamity or a natural disaster can sometimes be the biggest leveller,” she said.

In comparison to Kedarnath, which comes across as a creative experiment and gamble, her second film Simmba seems like a safer bet.

“I didn’t choose Simmba because it is safe. In life or in films, nothing is really safe. Kedarnath and Simmba are different in terms of genre and how they portray me. As an actor, I aspire to do all kinds of films. When people ask me what kind of cinema I aspire to be in, I never had an answer… I want to have this ability to be a versatile chameleon,” says Sara.