Anushka Sharma is on a career high, what with her latest film ‘NH 10′ too performing well at the box-office. Not only has the actress received critical acclaim, but has also won praises from the masses. In a quick chat, Anushka talks about the success of ‘NH 10′, her reaction as a producer, upcoming films ‘Bombay Velvet’ & ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ and more. Read onâ€¦
Anushka are you happy with the response ‘NH 10′ has received?
The response has been incredible. It is superb the way in which people have understood the film. It is phenomenal. We didn’t say it directly. The film is conveying the message in a subtle manner but people got it. The collections have been stupendous. It is a great situation for me.
Were you expecting this kind of response?
I was expecting this response. I did. I knew we had a good film in hand but I didn’t think that so many people would like it. I expected it to be critically exclaimed but the film is doing well commercially too!
Has this boosted your confidence in such movies and will you continue to back them?
I always had faith in certain kind of cinema. It wasn’t a smooth ride to make ‘NH 10′, unfortunately. People have this tendency to continue doing the tried and tested methods. This didn’t fall into that category. We didn’t have the typical commercial viability as it didn’t have songs and all. Now that there is credibility as producers, it will be easier to make films and hopefully it will be smoother than this.
People have praised your choice of work. So do you prefer films like ‘NH 10′ over romantic or comedy films?
I love romantic comedies. But I love other genres too. I can understand films like ‘NH 10′. Things which are obvious, I have never liked and may be because of that I have done few films. I have the ability to spot different film. Good films work and not the formulas.
Has the success of ‘NH 10′ boosted your confidence to do more such movies as an actor?
I was always inclined towards doing such roles. No one was actually forcing me to do them. Now I just hope this opens doors for more such films.
Which was the most emotionally draining sequence in the film?
It was the climax – the portion where I shout.
After ‘Band Baaja Baarat’, this role is considered as one of your best till date. How do you take this as a compliment?
I think the reaction has been fantastic. What really matters is that all my co-actors and directors have been expressive of their appreciation. But to me the best compliment came from the editor of my film. The editor told me it was easy to edit me, that felt good. And the other one is the writer Sudeep Sharma, who told me that I have taken the film to another level.
Would you support newcomers as a producer?
Definitely. We worked Navdeep and sudeep and the idea is to work with fresh talent who has the sensibilities like us.
Retrospectively, is there any part of the film’s process, which you think you could have done better?
I wish we had marketed the film better.
Since you were the producer, did you sub-consciously or consciously think about how the film will perform at the box-office?
You don’t think that way. You think of making a good film. And then the money follows. If we do good work, then the success follows. At least, this is how it works for me. We focused on the moment. I don’t live in future. The present time matters. We were playing to our strengths.
What figures are you looking at for ‘NH 10’?
Not looking at anything right now.
The film is drawing comparisons to ‘Eden Lake’. What is your take on that?
It is like saying every love story is the same. ‘NH 10′ is a road trip yaar. What different you expect. The template of the film is same but the way it is dealt is different. It will not be right to compare it with ‘Eden Lake’. I have not seen the film as well.
‘PK’ ended 2014 on a good note for you. ‘NH 10′ has made sure you have a good start in 2015. How excited are you for ‘Bombay Velvet’ and ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’?
I am very excited because ‘Bombay Velvet’ is different. I am happy with the films that I am doing and the different directors I am working with. You will get to see different characters of me. That is what I wanted to do.
Lastly, after a long time your professional life is in the focus. How does it feel?
Thank you so much! Obviously, I will have to do something about it and you guys will not help. What else would you want to be known for? I am not someone who has discussed my personal life and wanted to be in the news for any other thing apart from my work. If that was the case, then you would have seen me in the news even when I wasn’t doing films. It is not my job to be spoken about. I would appreciate that I am in the news only for the right reasons.