I am more confident as an actor: Anushka Sharma

Anushka SharmaAnushka Sharma

She has established a niche for herself in the Mumbai film industry within a short span of three years with her "modern and ambitious small town Indian girl" roles in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Badmaash Company.

After winning accolades for her role in her last outing Badmaash Company, Anushka will again be seen in the role of an ambitious middle class girl in her next film Band Baaja Baarat, which hit the cinema screens on December 10.

In this film, Anushka essays the character of Shruti, a 20-something no-nonsense girl from a middle class Delhi household who is focussed on her ambition of becoming a wedding planner.

‘’Shruti is a very principled and well brought up kid from a loving close family. At the same time, she is a highly ambitious girl who wants to do a lot in life.

"The character of Shruti is very relatable, someone any girl can relate to. Shruti is contemporary and has values and, at the same time, wants to move forward and get it all. She is everything a girl wants to be,’’ Anushka says.

‘’While playing Shruti, who is a wedding planner, I had to understand the way an event manager would function. Management is what I had to inculcate - I just had to know how to pass instructions quickly, the things that had to be taken care off - had to quickly say it like decoration at one time, lighting at one time or a bar that had to serve drinks all at once.

"Also, I had to work on speaking in a way a Delhi girl would talk. I am from Bangalore and I had to learn a certain lingo. I had to cut out the pauses in between words and talk fast but make sure that people understand what you are saying," she said.

The actor said she interacted with her cousins from Delhi to understand how they talked. She also watched some recent films about Delhi and people of Delhi.

Anushka says doing the film had been a memorable experience. "Shruti is a character I have loved playing. I haven’t enjoyed speaking as much in character like how Shruti speaks. I feel very fortunate that at the beginning of my career I was offered such a film. I really want to thank Aditya Chopra. It will always remain one of the most memorable experiences of my life," the actor said.

The film, a story about the journey of wedding planners Shruti and Bittoo who, in course of their partnership, discover love, pairs Anushka opposite newcomer Ranveer Singh who makes his debut with the film.

On the reasons for the brilliant chemistry between her and Ranveer that comes across in the promos, Anushka said, ’’Chemistry comes from characters and from the script and when the script is so well written as this one was.''

On her journey in the industry so far, she says, "I am more confident as an actor, I have more confidence, I have started to understand some technicalities of filmmaking...I am not very confident of my growth as an actor but I am very confident of my growth as a person.’’

Directed by newcomer Maneesh Sharma, who earlier assisted Aditya Chopra in many films, Band Baaja Baarat is the story of Shruti and Bittoo. Focused and determined with pre-planned ambitions, Shruti's goals in life are well laid out by the time she reaches her final year of college.

Bittoo, on the other hand, has no real aim in life. As a final year college student of Delhi University, he whiles away his life having fun with his buddies, barely scraping through his examinations.

A chance and inopportune meeting (or, as you would call it, fate) brings the two of them together on a tumultuous journey where they become partners in their very own, "Wedding planning ka bijness".


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