I Am Not Rajnikanth: Anushka

Two-films old Anushka Sharma is the most known face in YRF’s December release Band Baaja Baaraat. However, she insists that the pressure of driving the audience to the cinema halls does not rest on her.

I Am Not Rajnikanth: Anushka“I don’t understand this concept. I can’t act extra or ask the director to give me more lines,” argues Sharma. “I’ll still play the role the same way. If the film is nice, it will do well even if I’m a newcomer. If people like the promos, they will watch the movie.”

But the actor admits that her film lacks star power, which may affect its opening. “Some people will refer to Band Baaja Baraat as Anushka Sharma’s film because they have seen me in another film before. But that doesn’t mean we don’t promote the film. I’m not Rajnikanth, right?” she says. “We can’t just come out with a movie and expect it to sell.”

Does this mean that she’s already apprehensive of her film’s fate? “We’re like a tiny paan shop if you compare us with the other releases in the same week or month,” retorts Sharma. “But this paan shop is the best of the lot.”

Band Baaja Baraat is also Sharma’s third film under her three-film deal with Yash Raj Films. Would she work with them again? “There are no plans as yet. But since I have two hits in my name, they may just consider me again,” she smiles.

Sharma plays Delhi-based Shruti Kakkar who is young, ambitious and confident. Was it difficult given that the actor is also a North-Indian? “Getting the lingo right was the toughest because the girls there have a tendency to talk fast, sometimes mix words and even omit words completely. The way Ranveer and my characters talk is crude but cute,” she asserts, adding that she watched movies like Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! and Love Sex Aur Dhokha to get the accent right. “The characters in these films speak like true-blue Delhi-ites.”

And what does she think of co-star and newcomer Ranveer Singh, who had developed ‘real emotions’ for her in the course of the film? “He was apt for Bittoo Sharma. I learnt a lot from him. He’s so focused,” beams Sharma. “He’s very uninhibited, which is the best trait of an actor.”

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