Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma, who will soon be seen in forthcoming release ‘PK’, has her hands full with upcoming projects including Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Bombay Velvet’ and Zoya Akhtar’s ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’. In an interview to Mid-Day, the ‘Band Baajaa Baaraat’ actress opened up about her insecurities, the struggle to being recognised and her much-talked about relationship with Indian skipper Virat Kohli.
Anushka Sharma, who made her debut with an impressive performance in Yash Raj Films’ ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’ opposite Shah Rukh Khan, says that no one was interested in interviewing her prior to the release of her second film ‘Band Baajaa Baaraat’. “My biggest hit was ‘Band Baajaa Baaraat’ which was produced by Yash Raj, but directed by a young debut director (Maneesh Sharma). While we were promoting our movie, no one was willing to interview me,” she says.
“Since I had no plans of becoming an actor, I had no game plan in mind as well. I just did what I felt was right. Even after my first film, I didn’t become an overnight star like Ranbir (Kapoor), Ranveer (Singh) or Deepika (Padukone). No one put me on the covers of magazines and called me the next big thing. No one said that ‘she is the one to look out for’ (laughs). At that juncture, people also told me to do films with this particular star, or to act in any movie that will put me in the Rs 100 crore club and so on, but that didn’t seem right to me. I stayed put, as I really wanted to act in films that I am proud of. I have acted only in seven films in six years and now I am considered one of the topmost actresses,” she added further. (See Pics: Sunny Leone, Anushka are the most searched celebs of 2014)
The ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ actress also admitted to having insecure moments during her film career. “It is very difficult to ignore some of the things people say. It is such a competitive field and people judge you a lot. I did have my moments of doubt, when I questioned myself whether I was doing the right thing. But I chose not to be insecure. It’s all a matter of choice,” says Anushka Sharma.
She does not appreciate assumptions about actresses not getting along on the sets, revealing that Katrina Kaif is her favourite co-star. “Why do people not ask male actors like Ranveer and Arjun (Kapoor) about whether they are insecure of each others’ biceps? They are bromancing but we are cat-fighting. Why are girls being misunderstood? Say, for instance, during the shoot of ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’, to me, Priyanka (Chopra) was the same as Ranveer and Farhan (Akhtar). Why should it be a girl vs girl thing? Kat (Katrina Kaif) is my favourite co-star. I had the best time with her, but people find that so hard to believe.”
When asked about her blown-out of proportion ‘lip-enhancing’ issue, she said, “I was taken by surprise to see how big the whole thing had become. Some of the comments were harsh and hurtful and some of them were really funny. But yes, one day I just sat and cried. How can someone have so much hatred for you? I realised that it’s much easier for someone to sit behind a computer and judge someone. That’s sad. The reason I spoke up was because I didn’t like being bullied,” said Anushka Sharma.
However, the actress clarified that she certainly did not go in for a lip-job. “It was not a surgery — I got temporary enhancement done for a film. I think it helped my role. When you watch me in Bombay Velvet you will know what I mean. But even if you don’t get it, it’s okay. I am not ashamed of what I have done,” she said.
And finally, the actress explained that she does not prefer to talk about her romance with Virat Kohli, nor the friendships she shares with members of the film fraternity as she is a private person. “It is very pure for me. We are not hiding anything. We watch matches together, we go out to eat whenever we feel like it, but it is just that we don’t talk about it. I think once I start giving out details it will make it all very frivolous. I don’t even talk about my friendships with Ranbir, Katrina, Karan (Johar), Arjun. I am not the kind who would put up my pictures with them online or talk to them on Twitter. I like to keep things private.”