Anushka Sharma is looking forward to her fifth Yash Raj movie that flags off in January with Yash Chopra returning to direction seven years after Veer Zaara (2004). The actor admits that while the senior director always figured in her wish list, she wasn’t sure her dream would be realised.
“Just being on the set with Yashji is a career high,” beams the actor recalling how during her debut film, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008), he would come on the sets to watch director-son Aditya at work. “The roles will be reversed this time, with producer Adi watching director Yashji. I loved his Silsila (’81), Chandni (’89) and Veer Zaara. Since I come from an army background I could relate to the ‘separation’.”
The as-yet-untitled film brings her first ‘hero’, Shah Rukh Khan, back into her reel life. “Having him around will make my life easier because there’s a certain comfort level. Also, Shah Rukh makes a girl feel like a woman, he’s so courteous and respectful,” she gushes.
The new entrant in the familiar turf is Katrina Kaif, and inevitably, rumours of one-upmanship have started already. Anushka brushes them off, “Katrina is not a competitor, she’s in a different league. A top-notch actor she’s achieved a lot while I’ve just come in. My competitors are Deepika (Padukone) and Sonam (Kapoor).” She points out that Katrina who comes from a non-film background like her, and a different country, has become a household name here. “That’s amazing, it’s like me making it big in Thailand! I’ve a lot to learn from her,” Anushka asserts, adding that as far as this film goes, they’re there for completely different reasons so there’s no rivalry.
While Yash Chopra’s heroines have been ethereal, chiffon-draped beauties, Anushka argues that she’s never been cast in that mould in a Yashraj film yet. Taani in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi was a young deglam housewife, ditto Shruti in Band Baaja Baraat (2010) who gets involved with her best friend Bittu. And Ishika in Ladies VS Ricky Bahl (2011) like Bulbul in Badmaash Company (2010) is more bold than beautiful. “None of these characters is what you’d call an ‘abla naari’ (damsel in distress) who’s around to up the decorative value but new-age women,” she asserts. “It’s be the same in Yashji’s film, no one will feel cheated.”