The Diva Qoutient!
Chatty, girl with a simple heart and articulate best define Bollywood’s current favourite Anushka Sharma. A quick tete-a-tete with this beauty. Kavita Shyam explores the beautiful side of this starlet!
A carefree attitude and personal style alike, Anushka Sharma has come a long way in these eight unforgettable years in Bollywood. She has gone from being a girl-next-door to a complete diva, besides she has proven to be a lucky mascot for most of her filmmakers. Indeed she is super cool, super confident, and impetuous with the perfect attitude in place! The intelligent actor gives us her take on matters which matter to her in her daily life, from fitness, health, movies and more…
How vital is fitness to you and how do you keep fit?
Fitness, for me, means to simply be the stronger and healthier version of oneself. It’s very important to treat your body right, which means nutrition and training your body. These two components form my fitness formula. I am regularly at it as it not only helps me stay healthy, but also makes me feel calm. Normally, though, my training is more functional. I don’t really cycle, I jog and run on days that I do cardio for a minute or so, then come off for a minute and start again.
Give us our take on fashion, are you high on fashion? Give us your taste in style and fashion?
My wardrobe is full of whites. Well, I am not crazy about going shopping every now and then or when travelling. I like simplicity and effortless fashion. I always look out for comfort before style in whatever I choose to wear, be it going to the set or to a red carpet event. I am more into high street dressing rather than extremely high-end clothing or brands.
Did you always want to get in Bollywood or get famous and practice lines of winning awards?
If you’d told me about 15 years ago that this is where I was going to be, I’d say you were crazy. Being an actress is such a far-fetched thing for where I come from. Growing up, I must’ve seen probably five movies a year in the theatre!
Bizarre as it may sound, I knew that I was going to be famous. I was deeply ambitious, and I wanted to be ‘somebody’. I would give interviews to myself in the bathroom mirror, asking questions to myself, and answering them! If I saw a tennis match, then I was a tennis star; I was an author once, I’d pick up roles and give interviews! Maybe that’s why I became an actor. Even now I can’t stand before a mirror and act. Even if I’m dressed up, or waking up in the morning, I am not looking at myself. I still don’t know how to react to compliments, autograph seekers, it’s very complex.
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil was your second film with Ranbir, was the equation better?
It was easy even the first time. I love the bonding between Ayan and Alizeh. Because of Ranbir and me and the equation that we have, we are extremely comfortable with one another. It’s not like we meet each other every day or we talk to each other every now and then. He’s not one of my closest friends but when we meet, we just click. And that kind of translates on screen too.
In your movies, is there any character that you have connected with instantly?
I don’t think I can become a character completely. I can physically change my appearance, I can modulate my voice, work on my accent and appearance. I can think about what she is going through, and empathise with her. I feel emotions, but I deal with it in a practical way.
Movies are changing here, more women oriented films in Bollywood?
Women are taking risks with films. NH10 wasn’t the most obvious choice for a film as an actor, let alone producing it. But, despite being an adult film, it did well. It’s always due to the content. I wanted to stay away from films that were categorised as men- or women-oriented. I feel films are films.
Completing eight years in Bollywood must feel special?
Yes, especially in terms of carving my own path. Since I come from outside the industry, I could have fallen into the trap of thinking ‘this particular path is the right one’ or ‘this is how it should be’. But I have always done what felt right, and I have managed to be successful. I am happy that the risks that I have taken in my career have paid off. I wouldn’t say it has been a satisfying journey, because the minute a creative person is satisfied, they’re headed for a good fall. But it’s been a great journey and much more to do.
The year 2016 has been special for you?
If the success of Sultan and ADHM were not backed by the praise I have received, I don’t think it would have mattered to me as much as it does today. I’ve done very few films, and that’s been a conscious choice, because the idea has always been to do things differently and to be able to challenge myself. Balancing the roles of a Haryanvi girl, Aarfa, from a small town in Sultan, and Alizeh a refined, spunky, big-city girl from London in the same year was exciting for me. The fact that I could pull it off, and the praise that I have received is humbling.
You have worked with all the three Khans already, look at it as an achievement?
At the beginning of my career, I used to say that I would always do films in which I have a solid role and have something to contribute. With films starring such superstars, you get tremendous reach. I would call it my USP that I have always been able to deliver those performances. It is great to be an actor that a director can rely on.
Your film Phillauri in the pipeline soon, tell us about it?
Phillauri is a more commercial film than NH10. It’s a fun film with comedy and romance. Today, as an actress, I feel I have that bankability because of the films that I have done. If I’m coming with something, I’m coming with content. We are new players.