She has two All Time Blockbusters to her name now. In fact amongst the Top-3, two belong to her – PK and Sultan. While PK with Aamir Khan crossed the 300 crore mark quite comfortably, Sultan with Salman Khan has entered the triple century club as well. For someone who started her career with Shahrukh Khan in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and went on to impress one and all with her performance, Anushka Sharma has come a long way. She has stepped into production as well with NH10 and Phillauri, and would next be seen in Karan Johar‘s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
Over the years, you have managed to fetch unanimous appreciation from your peers, contemporaries, critics and audience as well. Now Sultan is an All Time Blockbuster too. Happy to be in the space where you are?
I am glad to be a part of so many novelties that are attached to my films. I always wanted to do unique and different things while playing parts like never before. The whole high for me is when I create a particular character in front of the camera, especially when it has never been seen before on screen. There is so much there for me to perform and with such characters, I end up growing too as a person. That is very exciting.
So what sort of growth do you see with your next biggie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil where you have none other than Karan Johar as the director. Considering the fact that this is another film of yours which is one of the most awaited of the year, is it a classic love story in the offering?
Karan’s films are always special love stories. That’s the crux of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil as well, though it has a very different way of looking at a love story. It is very unique. Karan’s films are very much full of emotions. Since he is so sensitive himself, you see that in his characters as well. It is a dream to be working with Karan. We have grown up watching his films; I wouldn’t have imagined that I would be directed by him one day. Just 10 years back, I was happy watching his Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. It not seems like a dream that I am being directed by him.
Your home production Phillauri arrives next year and it has Diljit Dosanjh as the leading man. Considering the fact that he has been much appreciated after Udta Punjab, it an added bonus for Phillauri, isn’t it?
Of course. I remember watching his Jatt and Juliet on a flight. I don’t understand Punjabi but could see that this guy has got his own charm. I read more about him and realized that he is a very huge star in Punjab. For Phillauri when we were thinking about the man who could play this part, I asked my brother that what did he think of Diljit. Visually, we hadn’t imagined a character to look like Diljit. However today, I can’t think of anyone else. He looks very honest and charming on screen. We are quite happy that he is on board.
Now that you are through with Phillauri as well as Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, you must be gearing up to begin your Imtiaz Ali film with Shahrukh Khan.
Working with Imtiaz is a big deal. I thought of becoming an actor after I saw Jab We Met. I thought that the world of acting is good and I can step into it. Imtiaz’s films have such strong female characters and that thought was ignited in my mind. Now for this film when I am having readings with him, I can sense that he is such a sensitive and insightful director. It is amazing to be a part of such great creative process. As for Shahrukh, obviously he is such a sweetheart. This is my third film with him, a hat-trick of sorts. I am excited that this is an out and out romantic film after Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Jab Tak Hai Jaan.