'A AM GOOD AT SNIFFING OUT PEOPLE WHO ARE EXTRANCE'
Anushka Sharma says she likes to know the truth, so ‘chamchagiri’ doesn’t work with her
Actor Anushka Sharma might have started her career with films that required her to play different versions of the bubbly girl-next-door, read — Band Baaja Baraat (2010), Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008) and Patiala House (2011). However, with movies such as Sui Dhaaga, Pari (both 2018) and NH-10 (2015), Anushka demonstrated her remarkable versatility as an actor and showcased how mastering the art is the artist’s raison d’être.
It is believed that actors are the most important people on a film set, so it’s only a given that everyone around wants to please them. In such a setting, has Anushka ever been able to find people — apart from her family — who tell her the truth, without getting carried away by her star power? “I don’t have a set of people around me who praise me,” asserts Anushka, before adding, “I surround myself with people who tell me the truth. I have often seen people who can be ‘extra nice’ to you because you are someone known. I am good at sniffing that out. When I see people doing that little chamchagiri and all that, I distance myself from them. I like to be around strong people, who have a lot of respect for themselves. They constantly challenge me. I want to know the truth.”
She adds that it’s difficult for some people in the industry to bear the truth about where they stand. “In this industry, I have often seen people who are not told the truth. They want to live in denial and stay in that zone. I think it can be the worst thing, not just for an actor, but any professional. That’s something I have been careful about. I also have this persecution complex, where I feel anything can go wrong. With someone like me, this constant introspection keeps happening to keep me in check,” says Anushka, who was recently seen in Zero alongside Shah Rukh Khan.
Elaborating more on how she isn’t one of those people who like to ‘hide’ things or live in denial, Anushka says that the rumours of her starting a family with husband, India cricket captain Virat Kohli, are just rumours. But even if she was, it isn’t something that she will try to hide. “(People speculating) is normal. That’s what happens when an actress is not married but in a relationship — people talk about when she’s going to get married and when that happens, they talk about when she’s going to have a baby! That’s a rite of passage all actresses have to go through. Everyone has gone through it. There’s no truth to it, that’s all I can tell you. These things cannot be hidden, and it’s not something you want to hide,” signs off Anushka.
Anushka Sharma says a lot of people in the industry like to stay in denial