In her eight-year-long journey in the Hindi film industry so far, Anushka Sharma has tasted success with commercial hits like “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi”, “PK” and the latest, “Sultan” — and also faced failure with “Bombay Velvet” and “Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola”. But the actress-producer says neither success nor failure affects her dedication.
“‘Bombay Velvet’ was a big disaster I have faced. But the kind of person I am, I don’t take success to my head or failure to my heart. I feel that is important because I feel in an industry which is so fickle, you realise that soon,” Anushka told IANS.
She is all of 28, but she believes she is a very “aware kind of person” and “practical about things”. “When you realise that something in this industry is such a fickle thing – you don’t hold too strongly to anything. So I feel because of that, I have managed to stay above the surface.
“It is important to have that sense of reality (that) you will have successes and you will have failures and you will have to lie somewhere in between,” she added.
Anushka is currently riding high on the success of her latest release “Sultan”, which saw her share screen space with superstar Salman Khan. Salman is the third big Khan of Bollywood that Anushka has worked with. She had made her debut with the Shah Rukh Khan starrer “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi” and later starred with Aamir Khan in “PK”.
How has it been to work with the three superstars – a feat that not many actresses achieve? “I have never really thought about all these things happening to me. I never thought about ‘I’ll get to work with all the three Khans’. It really wasn’t something that ever occurred to me in my mind. But I feel humbled and happy… The contributions that I have had in the films are what make it special for me,” Anushka said.
She also feels “fortunate” because they are huge superstars of the country and have phenomenal reach, which helps her work to get through to other people. “Their reach is phenomenal and because of their reach and their fan following, my work gets through to so many other people… So I feel happy, humbled and loved by the people for the appreciation I am getting for Aarfa’s character (in ‘Sultan’),” she said.
2015 Kashmir Despatch