I Want To Do Normal Things – Anushka Sharma

Actress Anushka Sharma has openly admitted that although she is one of Bollywood’s leading ladies, she is still awkward with fame, and hasn’t completely embraced her stardom just yet. The actress-producer says she still lives in denial and yearns to lead a normal life. Anushka has come a long way since her modeling times, from doing movies with big names is Bollywood as well as stepping into the filmmaking industry as a producer. The actress, who was featured in the Forbes 30 under 30 Asia 2018 list, is also one of the film industry’s highest paid actresses currently. When asked on how her fame has contributed in shaping her life, she said, "I have never answered this question. Not even thought about it. I have always been very awkward with fame. I am not an actor who has embraced fame completely," Anushka told IANS in a sit-down interview here.

"There are actors who embrace fame... Like Salman Khan is a star, and he embraces his fame. Like Varun Dhawan when he is out there, he embraces his stardom. If he will go out to the crowd, he will be comfortable. If I will go to a crowd, I will be uncomfortable," added the actress, who seemed confident about her upcoming flick alongside Varun Dhawan, Sui Dhaaga - Made in India – a Yash Raj Films production.

Anushka made sure to mention that she is not "someone who embraces her stardom".

"I still stay in denial about it, and reluctant as well."

She considers normalcy in her lifestyle to be very important.

"I want to do normal things. I want to go to a grocery store and all. I want to be able to do simple things and normal things." She pointed out that fame can be considered a “double-edged sword.”

"I get real satisfaction when my films are watched. I want more people to go and watch it. It is a double-edged sword like that. When people support me, like I have seen how in my worst times they (my fans) have stood by me... I want to give them my everything."

Although her career has been a rollercoaster with highs and lows, both, the actress has successfully left a long-lasting impression on Indian cinema with her work in many movies such as PK, Dil Dhadakne Do, Sanju, and Jab Harry Met Sejal.  On the producing front she has made flicks such as Phillauri, Pari, and NH10. She has starred in three of the films herself. She also talked about how she has always up for experimenting with various roles, but the thought of failing never leaves her mind.

"When I do films which are a bit edgy and a little bit like off centre, I do get thoughts like ‘Will people understand it'. Like 'NH10'... For an A-list actor to do a gory like film like that, it was a little scary. Even 'Pari', (you do think if) it will be acceptable."

But she went on to say,"I think somewhere you go with the conviction which you had in your mind when you heard it for the first time and that is when you keep pushing it through."

Anushka’s next big screen appearance will be in the film Sui Dhaaga – Made in India as Mamta, Varun Dhawan’s wife. It chronicles the couple as they venture into a clothing business. Helmed by Sharat Katariya, the film is set to release on September 28th.

-Rubaina Bilgrami
Picture Courtesy –Anushka Sharma Instagram