Shah Rukh Khan invited his friends from the film industry, Farah Khan, Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt and Anushka Sharma, to be a part of a special charity episode on his new show “India Poochega Sabse Shaana Kaun?.” And it looks like they had a blast.
Farah and Alia posted a picture of the five, where all of them are seen pouting, on Twitter. Alia called it a “Shaana pout.”
Shah Rukh Khan thanked Farah Khan, Anushka Sharma, Alia Bhatt and Karan Johar for being a part of his show “India Poochega Sabse Shaana Kaun?”
Shah Rukh too uploaded a picture thanking his friends for their “goodness and grace.” He also thanked each one of them separately on the social media site for making an appearance on the show.
To Farah, he wrote, “@TheFarahKhan thank u so much4 being on SSK. Looking 4ward 2 the ‘Daawat’ with u. May the Force be with you..” This should put to rest the rumors that suggested Shah Rukh won’t be appearing on Farah’s cooking show.
To Karan: “thank u bhai for staying up so late at the SSK. You were hotter than the fire on the show. Used ur Acumen so well!!!” Now, Karan’s appearance on SRK’s show definitely proves that the two continue to be friends despite talk about the growing distance between them.
To Anushka: “thank u so much for being an ‘activist’ in SSK. All the best for NH10 the promos are awesome!!!”
To Alia: “thank u so much for ur patience, ur presence & ur pout on SSK. And Tony, Jacob & Xi said to tell u that they miss you.”
And then he also wrote another sweet message for his friends for taking time out to be there for him. “Want to share that the heat at rk studio tonight was from the warmth of the four friends who came on sabse shaana kaun. Grateful…forever!”
11 films. 7 years. Anushka Sharma is senior enough in the industry to have acquired unshakeable confidence and zest, both in her craft and talent. She’s now a producer, too. Though you may see The Actor Anushka Sharma doing mostly commercial, big budget entertainers, The Producer Anushka Sharma insists that she would like to back content-driven cinema like her debut production, NH10.
Seated leisurely in couch at her suburban Mumbai residence, Miss Sharma is not really in a mood to talk considering she’s not keeping well, and the interviewee had to sort of bear the brunt of Miss Sharma’s lofty attitude. Still, we managed. Here are the excerpts.
NH10 being your first film as a producer. How much pressure do you feel? Are you excited or nervous?
I think I went through the pressure and grind phase while the film was being made. The film is ready for release. Now being nervous or taking pressure doesn’t make any sense. We have done the best we could for the film. Once a film is shot, then we just wait for people to see it. Few people who have seen the film have liked it. The impact of the trailer has been tremendous. I’ll let the film speak for itself.
As an actor, you have been part of larger than life, big-budget films. Then why did you choose a genre which may not be acceptable by a larger audience?
It’s because of the story. As a production house, the focus will always be making films with strong content, collaborate with talented people like Navdeep Singh (director) and Sudeep Sharma who’s the writer of the film so as to pick up scripts which the audience has an appetite for. I guess that’s the reason why people seem to have liked the trailer of NH10, because it was different. When I read the script, it attracted me because I thought that it was something we haven’t done before. To appreciate such films, we have to back such films in the future. NH10 has been a great journey.
It’s probably your first film which required you to do stunts.
Since the treatment is raw, the action scenes have been designed in the way that it looks real and believable. I had to undergo intensive training for three months where I had to build up my stamina. We had shot in real locations – in jungles, thorns, dust storms. There was all kind of issues that we had to face. It’s not a choreographed action and doesn’t need to look designed.
Besides story, what other factors are the USP of NH10?
My sensibilities of doing the film are very different. For me, story is the paramount. Ultimately, you intend to grab people’s attention for so long is because of the story. The music, performances and other things are there but that’s just there to get the audience to the theatres. But after that it’s the story that would help the film run. I’m very confident because we have a good film in hand and apart from that you can never know. You still have to wait and see what people think about the film.
Who has given you the best compliment for the movie’s trailer?
A lot of people including my industry friends have told me that they are interested to watch the film. That’s what we were looking for considering that we had less time to promote the film but we wanted to promote it in an effective manner. I liked the fact that people who have seen the film has truly enjoyed it. All the elements that we thought are important ones and would draw good attention, they said the same things.
Aditya Chopra has been your mentor. Any plan of showing the film to him?
Yes, I want to show it to him once we are through with the digital intermediate and show him the proper movie.
Are you disappointed that the Censors may beep out all the cuss words from the film?
If you see things out of context, you can beep out everything. But if it’s there in the context it would make sense. There are no gimmicks in the film. It’s a story featuring real people. The new words that you’re talking about are still under consideration. We have made the film the way we understood it. There are cuss words for a reason and not just for the sake of it.
Ranveer Singh called you to congratulate for the movie’s trailer.
It’s lovely. I have done maximum amount of films with him. Ranbir Kapoor liked it also. Such compliments are very strengthening.
You’ve been making eclectic choices in your career, be it Dil Dhadakne Do, PK or NH10. As a producer, what kind of stories would you like to produce?
As an actor, I always look out for something new and different. It’s very boring. When I have the option of picking up things which can be different and not seen before, it’s bound to be liked. As a producer, we would like to back content driven films though it’s not necessary that I will be seen in them.
Do you see yourself directing a movie?
India-Forums had a chat with Anushka Sharma and she shared her views of being a first time producer with NH 10, her equation with beau Virat Kohli and lot more.
After P.K., life is looking more promising for the talented Anushka Sharma with back to back releases this year which includes her home production NH 10 and Bombay Velvet. India-Forums had a chat with the leggy actress and here is what she shared.
How has life been after the success of P.K.?
I don’t find any change in people’s attitude towards me after P.K. It’s not like only after the success of P.K., they have started taking me more seriously, in fact they took me seriously from the beginning itself! Everyone wants to work as per their terms and conditions and success gives you that chance, and may be P.K. did just that for me.
Your views on turning a producer from actress.
It was not at all a conscious decision, it happened out of the blue. I was reading the script ofNH 10 and from nowhere this thought came into my mind that the content is so good then why not produce it also! I strongly wanted to back this movie. I wanted to make this movie, the way it needs to be made. I haven’t taken my fees for this movie; instead I invested it in producing which has helped in making the movie.
You are one of the youngest B’wood producers. Comment.
It feels awesome! Turning producer has its own merits as more interesting scripts are coming my way now. I might not even act in them but it’s a good feeling. I love good cinema and by turning a producer I got the chance to make different kind of movies for our audience.
The role you like more, an actress or the producer?
They both are different from each other but at the same time they merge at some level. Being an actress is more natural to me and I am still learning the ropes to be a producer. Being producer is more challenging since your single decision can change the fate of the movie.
Your views about Navdeep Singh.
I still haven’t seen his first movie Manorama Six Feet Under. When he first met me, the clarity with which he spoke about the movie (NH 10), impressed me a lot. I just had faith in him. For me things are instantaneous. He knows exactly what he wants from his actors.
Tell us about role ‘Meera’ in NH 10.
It was very disturbing for me to go through what Meera went in the movie. After shooting for certain scenes, I was actually very depressed for a couple of days, because they were so emotionally draining. NH10 was a very emotionally as well as physically demanding film for me. The movie tells you, that until you are pushed into a corner you don’t realize your own strength, what you are capable of and that is what Meera realizes in this movie.
How tough are you in real life?
I am from a middle class family and grown in a protected environment. Being a girl, instead of making me frightened, my parents always taught me to be brave and fight for myself.
What are forthcoming movies?
“After NH 10, I have Bombay Velvet and then Zoya Akhtar‘s Dil Dhadakne Do. In all the movies you will see me in different avatars and that’s the beauty of these roles. The movie genres, looks, stories, etc. are completely different from each other.
How do you handle media attention as a celebrity couple (Viral Kohli – Anushka)?
Virat and I both don’t take our celebrity status very seriously. We are like any other normal couple and like to do normal things like visiting a restaurant or watching a movie. We try to keep it as low key as possible. Being celebrities we can’t avoid media attention but at the same time we don’t give too much thought to it either! We try to ignore it and carry on with our regular life. We are similar in many ways and that’s the reason we are together.
Anushka Sharma is in a mood to talk. We caught up with her at Film City (Goregaon) for an exclusive interview. Excerpts:
Why did you turn producer?
I had never planned to be a producer. I didn’t go looking for scripts. Two years ago, I was offered NH 10. But I couldn’t do the film as I was busy shooting a couple of other films then. One fine day, Anurag Kashyap happened to mention the film on the sets of Bombay Velvet and asked me if I would be interested in reading it again. No producer had come on board till then. My instinct said that I should back this film completely. It’s a fabulous story of a couple who plan a weekend trip only to find themselves embroiled in a very unpleasant incident.
The film has been shot mainly outdoors, Was it tough?
Tough? It was daunting. I had to run in the jungles. That took its toll on my back. My condition worsened when I had to dance for Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do. I still get back spasms. I am undergoing physiotherapy.
NH 10 has foul language. The new Censor Board Chairman (Pahlaj Nihalani) has banned cuss words…
NH 10 is a real film. No dialogues have been said for just the heck of it. I’ve never associated myself with those kind of films anyway. Let’s see what happens at the Censor Board table.
Over to Bombay Velvet…
Bombay Velvet is a unique film. It’s a beautiful love story. Working with Anurag Kashyap (BV’s director) has been immensely exciting. He is a superb filmmaker.
How was it working with Zoya?
Zoya has a great insight into relationships. Everyone will relate to Dil Dhadakne Do. I had a great time with the entire cast. Priyanka is a very friendly person to work with. We don’t hang out with each other but we talk a lot at parties and awards. I have a very easy working relationship with Ranveer. Farhan is very nice and real. And Anil Kapoor was the coolest of them all. What more would I want?
Tell us about Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
Karan has put his heart into its story. I am a big fan of Karan. I can narrate dialogues from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. I was very jealous of Sana Saed when K2H2 hit the theatres. I felt that I should have been cast in her place. As for Aishwarya Rai, I can’t wait to work with her.
Have you ever interacted with Aishwarya?
I had met her at Karan’s party once. We had a good conversation. She told me a few incidents that have happened in her life and for the first time I felt that I wanted to know more about someone.
Are you watching cricket more these days?
(Smiles) I used to watch a lot of cricket when I was growing up. I remember planning my studies in such a way so that I watch India batting. But I didn’t understand the game earlier, it was only about who’s winning and who’s losing. But now, I take interest.
Now I watch because I want to see Virat (Kohli) play.
He is batting at No.3 but there’s a school of thought that he should drop down to No.4. What’s your take on that?
I won’t be the right person to give you the right answer. There are better people than me to decide that.
Can Dhoni and Virat lift the Word Cup 2015?
Yes, I think they can.
Any plans of getting married soon?
No plans. It will happen just when I feel like it. I am a very instinctive person.
Actor Anushka Sharma, who is currently busy promoting her film NH 10, creditsPK and Bombay Velvet for igniting passion for cinema in her.
“Films affect you on a personal level because this is the life you lead — 95 per cent of my life is about my work.
“Playing different roles also affects you and credit goes to PK and Bombay Velvet. The kind of passion they developed inside me for cinema is great,” Anushka told reporters in a group interview.
In the film NH10, Anushka will be seen fighting for her survival along with her husband, played by Neil Bhoopalam, after their road trip turns out to be a complete nightmare.
The actor says portraying the role with conviction was physically challenging for her.
“It was physically very challenging so I started training myself accordingly. We also did workshops to build the chemistry between the characters,” said Anushka, who has also turned producer with the film.
Directed by Navdeep Singh, NH 10 is a story of couple that goes on a road trip, which gets transformed into a complete nightmare, making it a fight for survival.
Anushka is in awe of her co-star Neil and feels fortunate that she could work with Bhoopalam in her production debut NH 10. She feels his talent has influenced her performance.
“Neil is one of the best actors that our country has today. I feel really fortunate that I could work with him because when you work with good actors, it has an effect on your own performance,” Anushka said here Tuesday during the film’s promotion at a college.
“I have had a great time. He is like a buddy and I feel like I have known him for years,” she added.
Neil has been part of films such as No One Killed Jessica, Shaitan and David. He was especially appreciated for his role as a politician in the TV series 24.
Directed by Navdeep Singh and co-produced by Eros International and Phantom Films, the film is slated to release March 6.
At another promotional event for NH 10, the actor expressed her wish of being part of TV show on the set of crime-based show Savdhaan India. When asked if about her plans to make an entry into small screen, she responded,” No, actually I haven’t thought about it. But, I’ll always be open for every kind of creative opportunity that might come my way. So, in the near future, if a show that has a good story comes my way, I would be open for sure.”
Published in The Express Tribune, February 23rd, 2015.
‘PK’ girl Anushka Sharma, who was currently promoting her upcoming film ‘NH10’ on the sets of ‘Savdhaan India’, said that she has no qualms in working on small screen.
During the shoot of small screen’s popular crime-based show, when Anushka was asked about having any plans to make an entry into telly world, Anushka said, “No, actually I haven’t thought about it. But, I always be open for every kind of creative opportunity that might come my way. So, in near future if a show that has a good story comes my way, so I would be open for sure.”
Anushka’s next film NH10, which is also her maiden production venture, will hit the screen on March 6.
The film helmed by Navdeep Singh, revolved around the story of a couple that goes on a road trip which gets transformed into a complete nightmare, making it a fight for survival.
Let’s see when Anushka will mark her television debut!
A new date for Anushka Sharma’s next film ‘NH10′ has been confirmed by Eros International.
The film is director Navdeep Singh’s second film, post the critically acclaimed ‘Manorama 6 Feet Under’. While NH10 was scheduled to release on the 6th of March, the makers have now decided to push the release by a week and the film will now hit theatre screens on the 13th March 2015.
Eros International, Phantom Films and Clean Slate Films’ have decided to release NH10 on Friday, the 13th , keeping with the theme of the film i.e the horror a couple goes through when a road trip goes wrong and the fact that it falls under the thriller genre, making it the perfect date to the release the film.
What’s more is that while the promotional track of NH10 titled “Chill Gaye Naina” recently released and is fast gaining momentum, the team of the film has planned an extensive marketing campaign around it ,cashing in on the popularity of the soft-rock number.
‘NH10′ is the story of a young upper middle class couple Meera and Arjun, driving to a well-earned weekend getaway. Somewhere on the road, they step in to help sort what seems like a usual village skirmish…not realizing what’s in store ahead.
Anushka Sharma’s upcoming film NH 10 will see her play a very real character who goes through real life terrifying and scary situations that many especially women in country have faced. The trailer of the movie shows her walking with a rod in hand and hitting men with great vengeance and force. Although, the actress has never had to resort to such brutality in real life, she too has faced situations like eve-teasing that many girls in our country silently bear.
Reveals Anushka, “I haven’t taken a rod and hit anybody but ofcourse when I was in school while coming out of it guys would eve tease. They would act cheap, flash and do stuff like. It was worse than catcalls actually. There is groping that used to happen. A friend of mine was once groped and I remember hitting the guy with Milton water bottle. We stopped the traffic and then got people to pick him up and hit him.”
Being the daughter of an army officer, Anushka has always preferred fighting her own battle. Says the actress, “I have been brought up to voice my opinion and fight back.”
With her first film all geared up for a grand release, Anushka too is pretty excited. Talking about her role, the pretty actress says, ” I play the character of Meera who is a working cosmopolitan girl. she is very comfortable in her own cocoon that she has created for her own self. Meera and her husband go out on a weekend trip one day and on the way they encounter an incident which changes their life and how they struggle their way out of it is what the film is all about.
The movie will release on 6th March.
Team India’s first World Cup match win against Pakistan on Feb 15 has done fellow countrymen mighty proud.
Everyone, be it the stalwarts from politics or those from the showbiz world, thanked the entire team and of course, Virat Kohli. however they are left wondering what his girlfriend Anushka Sharma has to say on the win.
Speaking at the `NH 10` promotions to Zee Media, Anushka was seen blushing when she was questioned on Virat’s performance.
She said she was extremely happy and said Virat played very well. Like everyone else, the match between India and Pakistan was very important. Even if one does not follow cricket otherwise, India-Pak match is something that none would want to miss.
The leggy lass also spoke of Virat’s enthusiasm for cricket and that he is a passionate player. She apparently spoke with him after the match.
Few months back Virat had admitted to being in a relationship with the bold beauty.
The two first grabbed headlines when the lady in question was spotted with the batsman during Team India’s tour of New Zealand.
As reported by BizAsia a few weeks ago, it was being said that Anushka Sharma will be doing an item number in one of her upcoming films, ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’. The actress has now gone on record to clarify that it is not just an item song for the sake of pulling the crowd, as her character is that of a singer and dancer in the film.
Speaking to Absolute India, Sharma said, “I wouldn’t call it an item number exactly because I play a singer and a dancer in the film. Plus it’s Zoya, so it has been done with the right sensibilities. It was fun, its new and its Lindy Hop and Charleston – dance forms which I trained a lot for.”
Interestingly, the actress is also playing the role of a singer in one of her other upcoming films, Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Bombay Velvet’.
‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ has been directed by Zoya Akhtar and along with Sharma, the cast also includes Anil Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar, Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra. The film is slated to release on 5th June.