Anushka Sharma is gearing up for Ladies V/S Ricky Bahl that opens on December 9. She plays a street smart Ishita Desai who lives alone in a big city and knows how to get her way around. “Ishita has a big heart and can pull punches when the need arises as conman Ricky realises all too soon,” laughs the actor.
Once she’s through with the promotions of her third Yash Raj production after Rab Ne Bana De Jodi (2008) and Badmaash Company (2010), Anushka will be moving base to Haryana for Vishal Bhardwaj’s Matru Ki Biwi Ka Mann Dola.
“We’ll be shooting around places like Rohtak but the film itself is not a rustic rom-com as is being speculated. It’s pretty urban and is a riot. It’ll have the audience clapping their hands and falling off their chairs laughing. It’s one of the funniest scripts I’ve read and I have never laughed so much,”
Anushka is excited about her role that’s dramatically different from anything she’s done before. “I’m grateful to Vishal for believing that I could carry off this psycho chick,” she says, admitting that after Band Baaja Baraat (2010) she had made a wish-list of 10 directors she wanted to work with, one of them was Vishal. “I never expected to get lucky so soon,” she says.
Ajay Devgan was to do the film earlier but has since dropped out to focus on his home production Son Of Sardar. He’s been replaced by Imran Khan and Anushka believes the the novelty factor as far as casting and character graph goes will work to their advantage.
“No one can imagine us in a film like this,” she says, insisting the change in hero hasn’t necessitated any script changes. “Why should it? It’s still the same director.”