By Guneet Wadera - Filmicafe.com, 4 December 2011, Filmicafe.com
Anushka Sharma is a cracker! A reservoir of immense talent and
colossal potential awaiting the perfect opportunity to unload for an
explosive outburst. Although she's fairly young in movie years with only
five films under her belt - she has a charisma, a confidence and a
seasoned acting ability which has been warmly embraced by audiences and
critics alike. Irrefutably driven Anushka Sharma is determined to excel
and she is here to stay.
Truly arriving as an
actress of reckoning with her last and best thus far, Band Baaja Baaraat
a sleeper commercial hit that has gone onto achieve cult status -
Anushka now reunites with the same team, reloading for a romconning
adventure where she faces off with con-artist Ricky Bahl played by her
friendly rival Ranveer Singh - the sparks flew then and still continue
to fly between them. In a candidly memorable conversation with
Filmicafe, Anushka speaks her mind and shares her heart with us which
she carries on her sleeve anyway.
we've come full circle with Ladies Vs. Ricky Bahl, we first talked about
it when you were in Toronto this June. How has the circle from Band
Baaja Baaraat to Ladies Vs. Ricky Bahl been for you?
It was very comforting to work with the same Band Baaja Baaraat team
again so there was a lot of positive energy and vibes on set because we
had recently received so much love and appreciation from people, so it
was a constant celebration of that while filming.
time around with Ladies Vs. Ricky Bahl, we were trying to do a
different film with a different story set in a different world but with
the same people making the film which was challenging but at the same
time also extremely exciting.
I do feel in
some way Band Baaja Baaraat is a monkey on our back because everyone is
expecting another BBB. Ladies Vs. Ricky Bahl is nothing like Band Baaja
Baaraat - the characters are very different, the story is very different
and I don't think you'll see me and Ranveer the way you saw us in BBB
but yes, we hope we've made another entertaining film that people enjoy.
Q) Your not one of the ladies, your definitely not Ricky Bahl so what makes being the 'versus' so intriguing?
As the title of the film suggests, "Ladies" are the three girls Ricky
Bahl is conning and the "versus" is me. So there's the 3 ladies,
there's Ricky Bahl and then there's the versus.
Bahl, the con artist is just moving around his life thinking he can con
anybody, anyhow, anywhere and then he meets his perfect match in Ishika
Desai then comes about the tussle and fireworks that happen between the
two of them. The one-upmanship between Ricky and Ishika is the
entertaining and fascinating factor for me of playing the 'versus'.
Q) We've seen the battle of the sexes on screen before what makes the Ishika Vs. Ricky duel differentially amusing?
With the Ishika - Ricky tussle it is the fact that two people with the
same level of smartness and intelligence are going after and trying to
outdo each other which is thrilling. You are sitting literally at the
edge of your seat wondering and wanting to know what happens next. He
said this what is she going to come back with now or he did this how is
she going to respond now, it's that constant jostling between them back
and forth which is riveting.
character in the film, Ishika Desai is of an ambitious, street smart,
ultimate Sales girl. How ambitious, street smart and chalak do you
consider yourself to be?
is very Chalak and quite shrewd just like a chameleon she keeps
changing her colours in every situation. She's a normal Mumbai girl who
can sell absolutely anything, so you could say she cons people in an
As for me I have absolutely zero
street smarts (laughs), I wish I was slightly sharper in that sense but
I'm too straightforward and frank to be street smart. I believe people
who are street smart are a bit diplomatic and I have to say that's not
me at all. I wish I was though I get into trouble for it sometimes
because people can tend to misunderstand me. I could definitely do with a
bit more of street-smartness.
I am extremely
ambitious but I don't think you have to 'chalak' to be successful or get
further. So what I've done is I have chosen scripts that I thought were
right and good and I've worked on them with a lot of love, a lot of
passion and a lot of honesty and touchwood they've done well and got me
to this place in life. So I believe hardwork and good intentions also
work equally well in fact better.
could draw similarities between Bulbul Singh from Badmaash Company and
Ishika Desai in Ladies Vs. Ricky Bahl. So how similar or different is
Ishika from Bulbul?
Anushka: Oh, Ishika and Bulbul are completely different characters.
Company was a coming of age film about these four characters while on
the other hand Ladies Vs. Ricky Bahl is a con film, a romantic comedy
which we're now calling a romcon - we've given it our own name (laughs).
So in short there's no similarity in the story or between the
Q) At the music
launch, Ranveer said he's learned a lot about acting from you. What have
you learned about yourself from working alongside him?
Over time I've realized that Ranveer's school of acting is very
different from mine so I've understood a great deal about my own form
and way of acting because of him genuinely which is a bit strange but
Ranveer is a complete method actor
and I use to always wonder how does he do this and why I couldn't do
what he is doing and why am I playing it a different way. So I think
because we are so unlike each other we understand ourselves and each
Q) You've known and been
friends with the Director Maneesh Sharma for a long time. How has your
working equation and relationship with him evolved?
Maneesh is someone I trust completely as a director and put my full
faith in him when I signed on for this film. I knew he had given me
Shruti Kakkar so he will give me another great character to work on. I
have the highest respect for him and hold him in high regard - he truly
is one of best directors in the country right now. His approach to
directing is very unique, the nuances and subtleties he adds takes the
film to a different level all together.
of him making a very slick stylish film he understands contemporary
India and at the same time keeps the roots of his characters intact
which is why his films are earthy and rooted and that's what makes his
Q) Let's play a bit of word association, so tell me the first thing that comes to mind when I say...
Aadat Se Majboor
Anushka: Vaibhavi Merchant
Jigar Da Tukda
Anushka: I am my mom's Jigar Ka Tukda (laughs)
Anushka: Ricky Bahl and Ishika Desai
Q) Finally it's the age old debate, the ladies versus the men - who wins and who will lose this match?
Anushka: Ah! (laughs) You'll have to come to theatres on December 9th to see who wins this round.