'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

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - FRONT PAGE - Rishabh Suri ■ [email protected]

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.

PHOTO: RAAJESSH KASHYAP/HT

Anushka Sharma says a lot of peo­ple in the in­dus­try like to stay in de­nial

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