Anushka Sharma is making the right noise. The industry seems to have woken up to her magic. No wonder everyone wants a slice of her. Filmmakers are vying with one another for her attention. Rajkumar Hirani has penciled her in for Peekay opposite Aamir Khan. Talk is that Anurag Kashyap too has signed her for Bombay Velvet. Clearly, she’s the cupcake of the season. That’s my cue to ask her:
Q. Your career is zooming…
A (Smiles) True. I have a good platter, something I’ve worked towards since my first film. I was clear I only wanted to do good films and I could see it happening for me.
Q. You are one of the few heroines who are also considered as actresses, does that give you a kick?
A I’ve admired actresses like Rani Mukerji, Tabu, Kajol, Madhuri Dixit, Sridevi and Kareena Kapoor, they are iconic for me. They made me think about my goal in life.I’m happy if people consider me an actress.
Q. Were you upset that you didn’t get the Filmfare Best Debut Award?
A Ya, I cried on my way back home because I felt I deserved it. Attending an award function was like a college award function and the feeling was “Sab ko mila mujhko nahi mila” kind. That year all the newcomers were given a scroll and I didn’t get even that. I felt like shit.
Q. You’ve worked with Shah Rukh Khan, you’re going to work with Aamir Khan in Rajkumar Hirani’s film, you’ve worked with Imran Khan in Matroo Ki Bijli Ka Mandola. What else can you ask for?
A Hmmm. I’m greedy. Honestly, I want to work with the best directors in the country. A day before BBB was to release, I made a list of 10 directors I wanted to work with. After BBB, I signed films with three of them. Even if I do one film a year, I’m okay.
Q. Were you thrilled when you bagged Rajkumar Hirani’s film?
A It’s so huge I don’t even know where to start. Working with Aamir Khan and Rajkumar Hirani after 3 Idiots! I have to pinch myself sometimes. He is such a simple and lovely soul. After BBB when I saw his name flash on my cell, When he told me about the film, it felt like the time I had signed Rab Ne… I got into the car and danced and gave a hi-five to the driver.
Q. Were there any apprehensions about working with Katrina Kaif?
A Not at all. I’m aware she’s a bigger star and I accept it. I think Katrina Kaif’s presence will add credibility to my career.
Q. How do you get along with Katrina on the sets?
A Very well. She is a hardworking girl and a big star. I’m sure we won’t have a problem yet we’ll get written about, that we fought. It’s irritating to answer such questions.
Q. Okay talking about your personal life, the buzz is that you’re back with Ranveer Singh.
A Your reliable sources are just gossipmongers. We are special friends. We like being with each other, he is part of my life but it’s not a relationship. We are comfortable with each other, we are normal people. That is why we hang out normally and don’t bother about what people think of us.
Q. We heard when you broke up with Ranveer, you took up with Arjun (Kapoor). Reports say Ranveer confronted Arjun, asking him what he was doing with his girlfriend.
A Oh my God! This is like a screenplay from a TV serial or a flop film.
Q. You’ve been linked with Arjun, Ranbir and Shahid.
A I’m just an easy target. It’s normal for me to go watch a film with Arjun but people take it the wrong way. Ranbir is not a close friend but a friend. I’m not dating any of these guys. If I was, I’d date Ranveer.
Q. Would you ever date an actor?
A I can’t set restrictions. If you fall in love it’s natural.
Q. Ever been hurt in a relationship?
A Ya. I’m trying to forget it, can’t say anything.