I was only thinking ‘what if I kiss her and get turned on': Kirti Kulhari on her kissing scene with Shefali Shah in 'Human'


Kirti Kulhari, who recently shared screen space with Shefali Shah in Disney Plus Hotstar's Human, has spoken about playing a homosexual woman for the first time in her career. The actress shared a kiss with Shefali on the show. Talking about it, Kirti has said in an interview with a leading daily that it was strange for her to think of trying to create that chemistry with a woman.

Talking about it, Kirti said, "There are times our (Shefali and Kirti's) hands touch (in the show), and we also have a kissing scene. I mean, of course, I am an actor, of course, I am up for it; but it is still strange for me. I have never done this before. It is still strange for me to create that chemistry for a woman, to really give the expressions I would, falling for a guy. It is different." She added, "I did go from one point to another. I knew no preparation could prepare me for it, it is in that moment. I had to wire myself in a way to go beyond the idea of genders and that is when I realised it is not about whether it is a man or a woman in front of me but about the feeling, it is about what I am feeling for the person."

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Kirti added, "I think the most nervous person for the kissing scene was my director Mozez Singh. I was only (thinking) ‘what if I kiss her and feel something, what if I get turned on?’ That will be something, I will then have to sit back and think if I am also looking at women. That is the only thing I had. We did not rehearse. My director made us do some 8-10 takes for getting different angles of the kiss. We did it the first time, and we were like ‘ok,’ I was relieved thinking 'thank God koi feeling nahi aya (there was no feeling)'. Then Mozez came back and asked us to give more takes."

"After the first couple of takes, we went at it like robots. That is what it is, sex on screen, or kissing on screen. People wonder about it but it is the most boring thing. You have 100 people around and there is no privacy. You are at the mercy of your director saying ‘action-cut, action-cut.’ You do not have the time for feeling, trust me." Kirti also said that Shefali told her after the scene, "I lost my onscreen virginity to you, I have never kissed onscreen."

Kirti and Shefali's medical thriller series Human premiered on Disney+ Hotstar on January 14. Directed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah and Mozez Singh, written by Mozez Singh and Ishani Banerjee, Human is produced by Vipul Amrutlal Shah's Sunshine Pictures Pvt. Ltd. After Human, the actress will next be seen in a feature film Nayeka and Four More Shots Please Season 3.

(Source: Hindustan Times)