ANUSHKA NOT READY TO DI­RECT A MOVIE

Anushka Sharma holds forth on work goals and shun­ning trolls

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - City - - FRONT PAGE - Pooja Sharma pooja.sharma@htlive.com

Barely three years into film pro­duc­tion, ac­tor Anushka Sharma is al­ready ex­per­i­ment­ing with sub­jects and mak­ing movies that are off-beat. Her next home pro­duc­tion, in which she plays the lead, is a mys­te­ri­ous love story. How soon be­fore she tries her hand at the third ma­jor as­pect of film­mak­ing — di­rec­tion? “I have never planned things. And I guess that has worked for me so far. That’s just who I am as a per­son,” she replies. That means, she isn’t say­ing yes and she isn’t say­ing no. “By telling you I’m not go­ing to do it, there’s no guar­an­tee that I am 100 per cent not go­ing to do it. But I’m not ac­tively think­ing about di­rec­tion yet, at the mo­ment,” says Anushka. On switch­ing hats, and how she man­ages to slip into dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters on screen, the ac­tor says that she has com­pletely “stream­lined” her life. “I have no time for any­thing fu­tile. I con­stantly want to keep get­ting bet­ter,” as­serts Anushka. “I fo­cus on only what needs to be done. It may get dif­fi­cult; but at least I’m not do­ing faltu ki cheez. I’m fo­cussing on what I re­ally have to,” adds the ac­tor.

For some­one who is so fo­cussed, do so­cial me­dia form a dis­trac­tion? And how does she han­dle trolls? “I don’t take it at face value. I think it shows you the kind of so­ci­ety we live in,” says Anushka. “You feel sad that peo­ple can be so rude and mean. I’m not just talk­ing about the things that they’ve said to me, but gen­er­ally the kind of things they’ve man­aged to say to other peo­ple also. It makes me sad. I care about the world that we live in and the en­vi­ron­ment we’re go­ing to bring our kids into, and the world it is be­com­ing.”

She fur­ther says, “I feel sad when for no rhyme or rea­son, peo­ple pull some­one down, and say some­thing without know­ing a thing about their lives, and their strug­gles... I think about the peo­ple who’re be­ing nasty, and think about how sad their lives must be. Per­son­ally, I am a ‘live and let live’ kind of per­son. I’m quite chilled out, and don’t take it to my heart.”

By telling you I’m not go­ing to do it, there’s no guar­an­tee that I am 100 per cent not go­ing to do it. But I’m not ac­tively think­ing about di­rec­tion yet ANUSHKA

SHARMA AC­TOR

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