Anushka Sharma: I learnt a lot of acceptance from Vishal Bhardwaj
Whoever works with filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj for the first time has something to take home from the director and Anushka Sharma is not any exception. The actress who has just worked with the multitalented director in MATRU KI BIJLEE KA MANDOLA, has not stopped singing praises of him ever since.
However when asked what did she take from the sets of MATRU KI BIJLEE KA MANDOLA, Anushka jovially says, ‘cheques’ but on a serious note she says, “It was a huge learning experience for me. I learnt a lot of acceptance in this film which was something new to me.”
Working under the caliber of a director like Vishal Bhardwaj was a completely new experience and challenging for the beautiful actress.
Anushka says, “I am not a trained actress. I come from a modeling world and I was just 19 years old when I shot for my first film. I had played my roles in a certain way be it in RAB NE BANA DI JODI or JAB TAK HAI JAAN. For me everything was black and white. I started accepting that and became more judgmental. I learnt there are many shades to a character than just black and white. But when I worked under Vishal Bhardwaj’s tutelage I started sympathizing with people. For example, I was around 10 or 11 years old when I saw MAQBOOL, I din’t understand the film, and now when I see the film I realized that the characters are still warm despite, doing the wrong things. You feel sorry for them because life is like that. And acceptance of that is what I learnt on this film. You learn to be with people and that is something I would have never learnt otherwise.” she says.
Vishal Bhardwaj (born 4 August 1965) is an Indian film director, screenwriter, producer, music composer and playback singer. He is known for his work in Hindi cinema, and is the recipient of seven National Film Awards in four categories.
Bhardwaj made his debut as a music composer with the children’s film Abhay (The Fearless) (1995), and received wider recognition with his compositions in Gulzar’s Maachis (1996). He received the Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent for the latter. He went on to compose music for the films Satya (1998) and Godmother (1999). For the latter, he garnered the National Film Award for Best Music Direction. Bhardwaj made his directorial debut with the children’s film Makdee (2002), for which he also composed the music. He garnered critical acclaim and several accolades for writing and directing the Indian adaptations of three tragedies by William Shakespeare: Maqbool (2003) from Macbeth, Omkara (2006) from Othello, and Haider (2014) from Hamlet. He has also directed the caper thriller Kaminey, the black comedy 7 Khoon Maaf (2011), and the satire Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola (2013).
December 26, 2012 7:03:32 PM (IST) | Bollywood Trade Editorial