Jab Harry Met Sejal: Anushka Sharma says she tried to not exaggerate her character in the film

Anushka Sharma reveals she was careful not to make Sejal's representation seem exaggerated in Jab Harry Met Sejal, where she is cast opposite Shah Rukh Khan.

FP Staff July 30, 2017 16:40:05 IST
Jab Harry Met Sejal: Anushka Sharma says she tried to not exaggerate her character in the film

Anushka Sharma has portrayed a variety of roles on screen. In Jab Harry Met Sejal, she will be seen as Sejal, a Gujarati woman, cast opposite Shah Rukh Khan, a forthcoming Punjabi. Sejal loses her engagement ring while on a trip in Europe, and what ensues is a journey of self-reflection.

In a DNA interview, the actress reveals the kind of preparation that went into the role, in order for her acting to seem natural.

Jab Harry Met Sejal Anushka Sharma says she tried to not exaggerate her character in the film

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Bollywood is known to be absurd when it comes to the representation of certain communities,  especially Punjabis and Gujaratis. Sharma said she was very careful to not make Sejal's character seem like an under-researched, over-the-top representation of her community. She said that people could get offended if the character came across as caricaturised, so she was very careful.

In the film, Sejal is shown as someone with very limited exposure to the outside world. She has studied in a Gujarati medium school and surrounded herself with her own family members. Therefore, to make the portrayal seem realistic while maintaining her limited worldview was the key focus area for Sharma.

The actress has done a lot of love stories in the past, with Ae Dil Hai Mushkil being the latest. She tells DNA that she will always remain an Imtiaz Ali fan, though. She describes herself as someone who enjoys flaws, imperfections and complexities, and Ali's films reflect that brilliantly, in her opinion. "Imtiaz in his stories, always makes people discover love through self-discovery. In the true sense of it, this is love," she adds, giving an insight into her own psychology.

Sharma has often been called a bubbly person and the same trait has been associated with the characters she has played over the years. However, the actress maintains she is far from bring bubbly. "I would prefer to not talk at all, if that was an option," she reiterates.

Jab Harry Met Sejal releases on 4 August.

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