Cosmopolitan (India) - - COSMO INTERVIEW -

ere’s what I was do­ing mo­ments be­fore I rang Anushka Sharma for our in­ter­view: I dropped lit­tle ‘ Brbs’ into all my chat win­dows, and set­tled into my in­ter­view chair ( it’s just a reg­u­lar chair). What I prob­a­bly should have been do­ing was some warm- up stretch­ing, spot- jog­ging and curs­ing my­self for never hav­ing learnt short- hand be­cause, dear God, I did not see her com­ing. She is an ex­plo­sion of rest­less, yet alarm­ingly fo­cused en­ergy, and the only per­son I know who speaks in ital­ics.

Cur­rently she’s leav­ing the set of her soon- soon to- to bebe re­leased film, Ladies VS Ricky Bahl, for a script read­ing, and is clock­ing our in­ter­view while grab­bing a late lunch. In short, it’s all a holy rush. On the other hand, it’s tough to imag­ine the pretty ac­tress ever has days just dawdling in bed, serenely con­tem­plat­ing the uni­verse— no, she’d be the one telling some­one like that to quit monkeying about and get a life. ‘ Driven’ is how she de­scribes her­self as al­ways hav­ing been, ever since she was a lit­tle fauji kid.

“I was never one of those kids who needed to be told to study,” she says. “My par­ents knew I’d par­tic­i­pate in every­thing and my grades still wouldn’t suf­fer, so they let me make my de­ci­sions from a very young age.” The de­ci­sion to be­gin mod­el­ling barely out of school, in­cluded? “I’d al­ways wanted to be a model. Ac­tu­ally, no, be­fore that I wanted to be a jour­nal­ist when I saw Barkha Dutt cover the Kargil war— I was so in­spired and I thought it’d be a way to be closer to my dad, who was posted in Kargil at the time,” she says, with­out need­ing to take a breath, re­mark­ably. “When you’re young, you want to be a hun­dred things, but even­tu­ally I knew I wanted to be a model.” At 15, ac­com­pa­nied by her mother, she

Woollen tu­nic,

Zara; faux fur waist­coat, Mango; brogues,

Vanilla Moon

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