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

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Prashant Singh [email protected]

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].

Anushka Sharma


Model Sak­shi Bisth, who has cleft lip, is shoot­ing for a lead­ing e com­merce shoot

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