FLOPS ARE HARDER ON DIRECTORS: ANUSHKA
The actor says it’s easier for actors to bag another film, and try their hand at success again
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