I’ve not completely embraced my fame : Anushka Sharma

New Delhi– Anushka Sharma is awkward with fame, and hasnt completely embraced her stardom. The actress-producer says she still lives in denial, and yearns to lead a normal life.

From taking risks early on in her career to getting into the filmmaking business as a producer, Anushka has come a long way since her modelling days. She is one of Indian film industry’s highest paid actresses, and also got featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2018 list.

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But how has her fame shaped up her life?

“I have never answered this question. Not even thought about it. I have always been very awkward with fame. I am not an actor who has embraced fame completely,” Anushka told IANS in a sit-down interview here.

“There are actors who embrace fame… Like Salman Khan is a star, and he embraces his fame. Like Varun Dhawan when he is out there, he embraces his stardom. If he will go out to the crowd, he will be comfortable. If I will go to a crowd, I will be uncomfortable,” added the actress, who is confident about her forthcoming film “Sui Dhaaga – Made in India” — a Yash Raj Films production.

Anushka asserts that she is not “someone who embraces her stardom”.

“I still stay in denial about it, and reluctant as well.”

For her, normalcy is very important.

“I want to do normal things. I want to go to a grocery store and all. I want to be able to do simple things and normal things.”

At this point of the conversation, Anushka, who is married to ace cricketer Virat Kohli, was quick to point out that fame is a “double-edged sword”.

“I get real satisfaction when my films are watched. I want more people to go and watch it. It is a double-edged sword like that. When people support me, like I have seen how in my worst times they (my fans) have stood by me… I want to give them my everything.”

She had a dream debut in Bollywood opposite superstar Shah Rukh Khan in “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi”, but her ride in showbiz has been bumpy with several highs and lows.

“Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi” may have given her a good launchpad, but her sail into showbiz was not smooth. She faced failure with films like “Badmaash Company”, “Patiala House”, “Bombay Velvet”, “Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola” and “Jab Harry Met Sejal”.

But on the other hand, she earned applause for films like “Jab Tak Hai Jaan”, “PK”, “NH10”, “Dil Dhadakne Do”, “Sultan” and “Sanju”.

As a producer, Anushka has made films like “NH10”, “Phillauri” and “Pari” under her banner Clean Slate Films. She starred in all three films herself.

Her career report card shows that Anushka is always in for experimenting. But the thought of failing always lingers around.

“When I do films which are a bit edgy and a little bit like off centre, I do get thoughts like ‘Will people understand it’. Like ‘NH10’… For an A-list actor to do a gory like film like that, it was a little scary. Even ‘Pari’, (you do think if) it will be acceptable.”

But that doesn’t stop her from trusting her conviction.

“I think somewhere you go with the conviction which you had in your mind when you heard it for the first time and that is when you keep pushing it through.”

On the big screen, Anushka will next be seen as Mamta in “Sui Dhaaga – Made in India”, which features Varun Dhawan as her life and business partner Mauji. Helmed by Sharat Katariya, the film will open on September 28.

“It is a very commercial film and I think it is a right kind of commerce — you have a proper concept backed by content said in a way which is completely commercial.” (IANS)

For Shah Rukh Khan, ‘Zero’ is like his child: Anushka Sharma

Anushka Sharma made her big Bollywood debut opposite Shah Rukh Khanin Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and she says she has become “more comfortable” with the actor. Anushka, who featured opposite Shah Rukh in 2017’s Jab Harry Met Sejal and will soon be seen in Zero this year end, says she holds her equation with the superstar in high value.

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“I think Shah Rukh is definitely somebody who I value a lot in my life. He has been someone who has been extremely kind to me with my very first film. I think as a person he has also changed over the years. I feel my relationship with him has changed because now I’m more comfortable with him, in talking to him. I can actually have a conversation with him,” she said in an interview.

The actor says as a debutante she would be “too scared” to talk to Shah Rukh. “Anything I wanted to tell him, I’d feel (it is) so unimportant. ‘Why would I share that with him?’ Now I’m so much more comfortable,” she says.

Anushka says, for Shah Rukh, Zero is like his “child”. “I think seeing him go through that process of being passionately involved with this film is so inspiring,” she adds.

Anushka will next be seen in Yash Raj Film Productions’ Sui Dhaaga – Made in India with Varun Dhawan. The film releases this Friday.