Anushka Sharma comes from an army background; she spent her childhood moving from city to city with her army-man father. Cricket and Anushka Sharma go back a long way. Her brother was a state-level cricket player.Anushka Sharma was a top-notch model in Bangalore before she moved to Mumbai and Bollywood to try her luck. Within one year she got Yashraj Films’ Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.
Not too many know this but Anushka’s Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi was inspired by Satyajit Ray’s Apur Sansar.Anushka was a big Shah Rukh Khan fan much before she did her first film. At age 3 she had danced at a family function to the song ‘Kitaaben Bahot Si Padhi Hogi Tumne’ from Baazigar.
Anushka Sharma is the only actress to be directed by both father Yash and son Aditya Chopra in Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. Only Shah Rukh Khan had that privilege before her.
During the shooting of her second film Band Baaja Baaraat Anushka constantly had heated arguments with her co-star Ranveer Singh about the approach to their scenes. She’s a one-take actor. He is a method actor. They couldn’t see eye to eye.Anushka Sharma played a jazz crooner in Bombay Velvet. She got to do a jazz version of Geeta Dutt’s ‘Jata Kahan Hai Deewane’ .
But it was Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi(2008) which connected her to the mighty Satyajit Ray In her very first film this natural-born scenestealer proved herself a formidable co-star to Shah Rukh Khan. In a homage to Satyajit Ray’s Apur Sansar , Anushka plays Taani a newly-married wife whose husband-to-be dies in a road accident, leaving her in the hands of the poor boring Surinder. Taani finds her accidental husband too dull and unexciting and gets attracted to his contrasting lookalike. Even though Shah Rukh in two roles was here there and everywhere Anushka as his headstrong ‘bitter’half held her own. Shah Rukh was right when he said we couldn’t tell this was her first film. Anushka’s super self-confidence was her greatest asset from the the outset.
With just three films Anushka Sharma had grown into one of the most watchable and eloquent contemporary actresses. To the role of the spirited Shruti in Band Baaja Baaraat(2010), Anushka adds the kind of spice that one associates with Kajol and Rani Mukherjee. In two key sequences with Ranveer Singh where she conceals her true feelings and much later lets them all out in a tumble of smirking hurt, Anushka blows the screen apart.Her ability to own every frame was the name of her fame.
In NH10(2015) Anushka Sharma has a ‘wail’ of a time sinking her teeth into a part that gives her a chance to play the hero without losing her femininity. She is in walloping good shape here specially in her outburst scenes when she climbs a rocky mountain to escape her tormentors , or her scream of bloodcurdling protest after her husband’s death. During the film’s stunning playing-time when Anushka’s Meera desperately seeks help from cops and civilians Anushka is a bloodcurdling fireball of nervous energy.At the climax when she fights and conquers her enemies , she is every bit the credible hero.
Anushka is the first Salman Khan co-star since Madhuri Dixit who didn’t seem overwhelmed by his presence in Sultan(2016). Yup, she gives him tit for tat, wit for wack, with such nifty nonchalance that we are soon rooting for them as a couple.Apparently Kangana Ranaut had said no to Sultan because she felt the heroine had nothing much to do. How wrong she was! What an actor makes of a role is entirely up to her.Anushka proved it.
Karan Johar’s Ae Dil hai Mushkil(ADHM) is funny, warm, cute,and tender, though plot-wise extremely slender. Not unlike the beauteous Ms Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s figure. But then, enticing offers come in svelte packages. And this one is one helluva goodlooking film with locations to match and songs that seem to play whenever the directors heart bursts with the joy of unfathomable love. And that happens with irresistible frequency in this frothy ode to that thing called love.Perhaps lacking in substantial character motivation and plot , but making up for these losses with its visual vitality and seductive way of expressing love which is part poetry and part bumper-sticker wisdom, ADHM is a chic love saga, far more confidently directed by Johar than his other film Kabhi Alvidaa Na Kehna.Anushka gives the role of the quirky Alizeh a dizzying spin from swoon to doom.
For Anushka Sharma Pari(2017) is the career-defying role that she can brag about to her daughter. She sinks her soul into her traumatized role with a sighing innocence. Her Rukhsana bleeds and bleeds not just from the nose lips and eyes. The wounds run deep.This is a severely traumatized woman battling the sinner within that challenges the angel that she could have been if fate hadn’t willed a satanic karma for her. In many sequences, Anushka undergoes severe physical humiliation and trauma.She rises to the occasion, sometimes literally as her Rukshana climbs building sides like a ghetto Catwoman. Anushka’s imploring eyes beseeching us to understand that those who are pulled into diabolism are often victims of circumstances beyond their control, will stay with us forever.