She might have become one of the most successful young stars in Bollywood today but Anushka Sharma is still in awe of how superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan handle their stardom. The 28-year-old actor who has worked with both the Khans in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Sultan respectively – says that she hasn’t achieved superstardom yet but whatever she has achieved scares her enough already.
“I sometimes think about stardom and get scared. I haven’t experienced superstardom like Salman, Shah Rukh or Aamir but I don’t think I’ll be able to handle it. It’s a talent, the way they handle their stardom,” Times of India quoted Anushka as saying.
Anushka has collaborated with Shah Rukh the third time in Imtiaz Ali’s upcoming project The Ring. Citing the actor as an example, Anushka said, “I recently worked with Shah Rukh and the dedication with which he works, the enthusiasm, the amount of respect he gives to the director despite coming a long way in life, is not easy.”
The Pk starlet does not take her success seriously. “I am very sure that if I had become too aware of my stardom, it would’ve been a very difficult process for me. I am a simple person. I’ve never thought that I am special and have believed everyone is just doing their job,” she stated. “I believe, if I start taking myself too seriously, it will affect my creativity. Once ego enters your creativity, it destroys you. Stardom gives you a false sense of self. These are transitory things and all this will eventually go away.”
Anushka is on her way to completing a decade in Bollywood next year – a journey which, the actor said, started from her being restless before eventually, enjoying herself. “I was restless in the initial phase of my career because I never planned on becoming an actress. If you had, you would mentally be prepared for what is to come your way,” she recalled. “When I became an actor, everything came at me like a gush of wind. Suddenly, I was famous, people were recognising me. It was all too much for me to take. I didn’t know what to make out of it, which direction I wanted to go in.”
Fortunately, the NH10 producer is much more stable in her professional life now. In fact, she has also ventured into production with her own company Clean Slate Films and her second film Phillauri released this Friday.
“The only good thing God blessed me with was that I knew what I didn’t want to do. I knew I don’t want to do certain kind of films, roles or item songs. Not that it is bad but it wasn’t creatively satisfying for me. It took me a while to feel like I am happy in this situation,” Anushka shared.
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