From 'Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi' to 'Sultan', how Anushka Sharma charted an incredible Bollywood journey
She turned 28 on Sunday, but Anushka Sharma has already achieved more in her little over seven years in Bollywood than many of her peers. A Yash Raj Films’ find, Anushka had quite the dream debut — opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.
However, as the actress herself admits, even though the film was a hit, it didn’t really make her an overnight star. “Since I had no plans of becoming an actor, I had no game plan in mind as well. I just did what I felt was right. Even after my first film, I didn’t become an overnight star like Ranbir (Kapoor), Ranveer (Singh) or Deepika (Padukone). No one put me on the covers of magazines and called me the next big thing. No one said that ‘she is the one to look out for’,” Anushka said in an interview.
The game-changer, in fact, was Anushka’s third film — Band Baaja Baaraat (it followed close on the heels of her Badmaash Company). While it catapulted her debutant co-star Ranveer Singh to the A-list stratosphere, Anushka’s performance was also lauded. Rumours that she and Ranveer were in a relationship added further to both young stars’ “hotness quotient” in the industry and with fans.
While the actress has had some misses in her career — Patiala House, Ladies vs Ricky Behl, Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola and Bombay Velvet — she’s had far more hits. Even in an ensemble film like Dil Dhadakne Do, Anushka — reuniting with Ranveer — managed to make a mark.
From the time she made her debut in 2008, Anushka has moved from strength to strength. She is among the rare actresses to have worked with all the three Khans — Shah Rukh Khan in RNBDJ and Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Aamir Khan in PK and Salman Khan in the upcoming Sultan. At the same time, she has also made her pairings with talented but lesser-known actors like Neil Bhoopalam (NH10) and Diljit Dosanjh and Suraj Sharma (the upcoming Phillauri). But her favourite co-star so far has been Katrina Kaif, says ANushka.
NH10 and Phillauri also mark Anushka’s taking on a new role — that of a movie producer. She is among the youngest actresses to also venture into production in Bollywood.
The year 2016 is a big one for the 28-year-old star. Not only does she have a big release in the form of Sultan coming up during Eid, she is also filming for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and of course, Phillauri.
With her first look as “Aarfa” in Sultan getting Anushka lots of appreciation — and the still Karan Johar tweeted of her from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil garnering lots of curiosity about her role — it seems like her 28th year is going to be a phenomenal one indeed for the actress.