I share a moment when I proposed her the first time I met her for her debut film, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, and she gets excited. "Yes, I recall. In fact, you are the first and the only one to propose me till now", says the towering beauty. And what irony to bring up the subject when her third film is all about wedding planning as she plays 'Shruti', one of the wedding planners along with newcomer Ranveer Singh who plays 'Bittu', her partner in business. But more than this, Anushka's career has been sustained by a willingness to evolve. In person, she is extremely beautiful. But beneath the artfully natural make-up and tumbling hair there is an unexpected freshness. Even when you close your eyes and think about the actress, you will see the actress has little lines of expression, the lithe frame of someone who doesn't have to starve to remain slender, and the luminous allure of a grown-up woman who has got what she wanted from life.
UK's Harrow Observer columnist and Bollywood Hungama's London correspondent chats with his soon-to-wed Anushka Sharma. Then when you open your eyes, the reality seems like a dream you've woken up to. If only Anushka could spare a thought and hook me up with someone. That'd be great!
"The only way actors can sustain themselves in this industry is by doing the right kind of films"
It's not how quickly my third film has come out, but the fact that the kind of films I am doing is making me proud of myself. I am picking the right films and that is what any actor would want. I want to pick up offers that make me happy and I felt that with Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Badmaash Company and with Band Baaja Baaraat. I'm not seeing how many films I am coming up with in a year. It's also about what kind of people I am working with. The only way actors can sustain themselves in this industry is by doing the right kind of films. I am here on my own and I go home proud by the end of the day.
"Thank you for comparing me with Adam Sandler"
It is an unexpected comparison you've done with Adam Sandler. Anushka and Adam, wow! Adam Sandler is a brilliant actor and very funny. I don't know if I am the Adam Sandler of the industry as far as female celebrities are concerned but yes, my latest film Band Baaja Baaraat has a lot of humour. I don't think the film is comedy. There is light humour sprinkled everywhere. The film is a romantic comedy and I take the compliment in good humour (laughs).
"Ranveer has a lot of potential and is a superb actor"
It's the truth that I made my debut two years ago with Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and today I am working with a debutant actor in my third film. That's life, that's Bollywood. I was a newcomer barely two years ago. I think as encouraging as people were of me, I feel the same way for Ranveer. More importantly because he is a very talented actor. That's what got him the role in Band Baaja Baarat. People are already loving Ranveer in the promos and once they see the film, they'll second my opinion.
"The more I am seen on the big screen, the better for me"
I don't know how this works. If I am not doing any film for a few months, the media starts writing about Anushka Sharma not seen. If I come out with back to back releases, they write that I am rushing to climb the ladder of success. I don't decide these things. I just pick up scripts and do films that interest me. If my films have come in quick succession then I can't be sad. I'm happy about the films I am doing and happier on the feedback I am getting. The more I am seen on the big screen, the better for me.
"If a girl identifies with me in a certain way, the advert is working for both of us"
I am endorsing two brands at the moment. I endorse brands that go with my personality. At the end of the day, you're an actor and you're trying to sell the image and the brand. If a girl identifies with me in a certain way, the advert is working for both of us. Parachute and Vaseline are such brands that not only appeal to the youth but to all generations in a generic way.
Anushka Sharma "I am not getting married. I would rather concentrate on getting others married"
We have really embarked upon our characters by following the script. To be honest, the film is about an event management of a wedding. I haven't really bothered to take real life stories of my friends just because the script demanded it. Normally, actors do bring in some suggestions and stories they've heard from friends and colleagues but here, the story was in the right place and didn't leave us to do anything except play our characters well. As of now, I am not getting married. I would rather concentrate on getting others married.
"I didn't have a three film deal with Yash Raj Films"
There was no three film deal with Yash Raj Films. I wasn't tied up with them anyway. I signed Patiala House before I signed Band Baaja Baaraat.
The question isn't that how many films Anushka Sharma has done in the last two years. The question is - How many more will she be doing after that? In the Hindi film star terms, the years 2008, 2009 and 2010 are the years of Anushka Sharma. Then she is endorsing two of India's biggest brands. Where has this girl come from? We're still trying to figure that out.