Anushka Sharma is one of those actresses who has worked with all the three Khans of Bollywood. The actress has said that she cannot imagine herself handling the stardom the way Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan do.
“I sometimes think about this (referring to stardom) and get scared. I haven’t experienced superstardom like Salman, Shah Rukh or Aamir. But even this (my stardom) can give a false sense, forget about what they face.”
“I won’t be able to handle it. It’s a talent the way Salman, Shah Rukh handle their stardom,” Anushka told PTI. Citing an example of SRK, with whom she has collaborated for the third time in Imtiaz Ali’s upcoming project, the actress says, “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.”
“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 says. “I believe if I start taking myself too seriously that ‘I am an actor’, 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, this will eventually go away,” she adds.
“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,” she says. The actress has now ventured into production and her second film as a producer, “Phillauri” released this Friday. “The only good thing God blessed me with was 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 Sharma was recently seen in her home production Phillauri.