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Chat Anushka Sharma believes in speaking her mind

Alot has been said about Shah Rukh Khan’s energy levels and enthusiasm. His co-star Anushka Sharma doesn’t lag behind. Those who know her will vouch for her ability to guarantee an engaging conversation and a pretty quick one at that. She’s been that way, from her debut film Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi , through Band Baaja Baaraat and Ladies Vs. Ricky Bahl and now, Jab Tak Hai Jaan . “I never thought I’d get another chance to work with Shah Rukh. I was so inexperienced when I worked with him in Rab Ne … This time, I was more confident as a co-star,” she adds.

Anushka won’t reveal anything about the film other than the small details we already know. She essays the part of Akira, who wants to make a documentary for Discovery Channel on Samar (Shah Rukh). “There is a love triangle. Jab Tak Hai Jaan is a quintessential Yash Chopra film that deals with human relations,” she says.

While shooting for the film, she had no premonition this would be Yash Chopra’s last film. “On the second last day of shooting in Kashmir, Yash ji told Shah Rukh this will be his last shot. This was before he made the announcement through the interview with Shah Rukh on his 80th birthday,” recalls Anushka. She cherishes memories of working with the legendary filmmaker. “It was a dream come true. All through the schedule, Yash ji was enthusiastic and happy. He wanted to die with his boots on and until his last days, he was working. ,” There’s a feeling of emptiness as the release date approaches and Yash ji is not around.”

After Jab Tak Hai Jaan , Anushka’s impressive line-up of films includes Vishal Bharadwaj’s Maatru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola and Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet with Ranbir Kapoor “I feel so blessed. I had chalked out a list of filmmakers I wanted to work with. What more would I want when directors like Vishal Bharadwaj and Anurag Kashyap approach me for work?” she asks.

Anushka is also termed brash in film circles. “What’s wrong with that?” she quips, “I come from an Army background; so there’s a certain kind of discipline. I was brought up in a home where we were encouraged to speak our mind. That’s what I do even at work.”

SANGEETHA DEVI DUNDOO

There’s a feeling of emptiness as the release date approaches and Yash ji is not around.

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