The ac­tor says it’s eas­ier for ac­tors to bag an­other film, and try their hand at suc­cess again

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She has done 14 films in her eight-year-long ca­reer in Bol­ly­wood. And that in­cludes films with the Khans and In­dia’s finest film­mak­ers. One thing’s clear — Anushka Sharma won’t set­tle for any­thing less than what she be­lieves she de­serves. Ex­cerpts from a chat with the 28-year-old ac­tor:

You’ve worked with all the three Khans — Shah Rukh, Aamir and Sal­man — and in each of those films, your role has been of equal sig­nif­i­cance as the male lead. Are you par­tic­u­lar about this?

The script is my pri­or­ity, along with my role and the di­rec­tor I’m work­ing with. That’s the only way that I’ll be able to add any sig­nif­i­cance to my ca­reer. I’m happy that in a Sal­man Khan film, peo­ple are ap­pre­ci­at­ing a girl’s char­ac­ter as much as his. And that’s a huge suc­cess for Ali (Abbas Za­far; di­rec­tor) for hav­ing writ­ten the part, and for me, for hav­ing been able to do jus­tice to it. I’m happy I got this op­por­tu­nity, and be­cause of Sal­man and his mas­sive fol­low­ing, my work could reach so many peo­ple it wouldn’t have other­wise.

Films are a col­lab­o­ra­tive, but if they flop, the ac­tors are the first ones to get blamed, which isn’t en­tirely fair, right?

Yes, ac­tors are the face of the film, so peo­ple will re­mem­ber a fail­ure with their name. But, we get a chance to go back to do­ing an­other film and try­ing our hand at suc­cess again. Whereas, a di­rec­tor might prob­a­bly face a harder time mak­ing an­other film. A di­rec­tor’s strug­gle to make an­other film is as real. A flop af­fects ev­ery­body, in­clud­ing the pro­ducer who loses money.

Over the years, what has been your equa­tion with your men­tor, (film­maker) Aditya Cho­pra?

There’s trans­parency in our re­la­tion­ship. He has never pres­sured me into do­ing any­thing, and he’s never tried to read the script of the films (not made by him) that have been of­fered to me. He told me that he wanted me to be in the po­si­tion where I could choose the right script on my own. And, I ap­pre­ci­ate that he trusts my judg­ment. I’ll al­ways owe my ca­reer to him. He backed me when peo­ple did not want him to sign me, in­clud­ing (film­maker) Karan (Jo­har), who said it him­self that he tried to ‘sab­o­tage’ my ca­reer (laughs). And it was nice of him to say it on his TV show. But Adi had faith in my ta­lent. I’m grate­ful to him.

Ac­tors are the face of the film, so peo­ple will re­mem­ber a fail­ure with their name ANUSHKA SHARMA, AC­TOR

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