im just going with the flow
Actor Anushka Sharma says she finds too much thinking troublesome; adds Shah Rukh Khan’s dedication is admirable, and ‘really motivates’ her
Consider this: in 2008, Anushka Sharma makes her debut on December 12 opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (RNBDJ). And now, as she completes a decade in the film industry, the actor is readying for the release of her next, Zero (on December 21), again costarring SRK. So, calling it just a coincidence could be an understatement. “Only the release dates’ digits are opposite, with my debut film’s release date being 12 and Zero releasing on 21st. But it’s such a cool thing that I complete a decade in the same month and with a film co-starring the same hero,” says Anushka, as she talks about her journey so far, adding she has literally grown up in front of SRK.
2018 has been great for you...
Yes, I feel really good. Talking of performances, they have been uniquely different from one another, which I am very happy and satisfied with. I think it’s a good reputation to have, that I can completely transform myself as an actor on screen, and appear as a totally new person. Also, all my films have been appreciated immensely. Whether it’s Pari, Sui Dhaaga or Zero, these performances will always be memorable to me, and I hope they get the kind of acceptance that an artist desires. For that reason, 2018 has been that high [point] for me as an actor.
As you complete a decade now, are you thinking of recalibrating things with regards to career?
Honestly, I really don’t think that much. I’m just going with the flow. Thinking too much troubles me. I don’t even realise on my own that I’ve completed a decade. Someone has to remind me about that. It has all gone so fast. For me, it’s all about where I stand right now. What I did before doesn’t interest me, because I always want to do something different.
You have achieved a lot of success and stardom. What still keeps you motivated?
If I am working with creatively-driven people and whom I understand well, I get very excited. So, I really enjoyed the process of working with Sharat
Katariya [in Sui Dhaaga]. Similarly, I enjoyed working with Aanand L Rai a lot. He has tried to create many largerthan-life things in Zero. Honestly speaking, when something unique happens in films, it really motivates me. As an actor, I will always pick interesting roles for myself. Ultimately, I want to do something different and push the envelope. At the same time, it should also reach a wider audience.
Shah Rukh Khan recently said that he has literally seen you grow in the industry...
It’s true. When I met Shah Rukh to shoot for RNBDJ, I was 19 years old. While filming it, I turned 20. I am 30 years old now, so yes, I have grown up in front of him. I have done four films with him, so it’s like every two years, I work with him (smiles). So, I feel after having worked for so long, my bonding with him has become much stronger and special as well. What I admire about him is his sheer dedication and just being constantly at work. That really motivates me a lot.
Talking of Zero, what was the most challenging part about playing your character?
Playing Aafiya has definitely been extremely challenging, especially because I think when you are playing such a character, as an actor, you have a huge responsibility towards it, to play it truthfully. Practically, since my character has cerebral palsy, her body experiences an involuntary movement. So, it was something that I had to prep a lot for, in order to get used to it and make it almost my second nature so that I’m able to understand her physicality and also understand her confinement [as she is on a wheel chair].
Model Sakshi Bisth, who has cleft lip, is shooting for a leading e commerce shoot