Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma’s soon-to-release film, Ladies V/S Ricky Bahl, has trade circles buzzing and audience expectations soaring. Anushka is upbeat following the enthusiastic response to Jazbaa… her solo track.
While a large part of the film was shot in Amritsar, Delhi and London, this track was picturised on the streets and a railway station in Mumbai, with Anushka prancing around with senior citizens, children and even the dabbawallahs.
“Shruti was ambitious but not street smart like this character, who lives alone in a big city and knows how to get even with con artists. Ricky meets his match in her,” the actor points out, adding that character’s lingo and look is very different from Band Baaja Baaraat.
That’s apparent with tabloids speculating on her diminishing waist and alarming weight loss through past-and-present pictures. Anusha retorts, “I didn’t want to go into technicalities and chose to remain silent when the article appeared. But when we were shooting ‘Jazbaa..’ the director of photography agreed that it’s easy to fool people by taking photographs from certain angles. It happens all the time on the teleshopping networks.”
She insists that even as a child, she was fit and sporty, dabbling in basketball, badminton and athletics, and naturally thin like 50 per cent young Indian girls “I have a high metabolism rate and can eat anything every two hours. I work out every single day, doing heavy weight training and cardio. I have a healthy lifestyle and no bad habits,” she reasons, pointing out that even in her first film, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008), she was not a big girl. “For Ladies V/S Ricky Bahl, I was only asked to tone down. Since I am tall with long legs and a long torso, I look a little slimmer.”
There’s talk of her having gone down to a size zero. She is furious, “I’m a UK size 8. A size zero would be a 13-year-old girl. Do I look like I can get into a teenager’s clothes? I have a great body that I’m proud of, thank you so much.”