‘I Don’t Want To Be A Role Model’

Anushka Sharma

In a candid chat with The Indian Express Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta on NDTV 24x7's Walk the Talk, actor Anushka Sharma talks about not being an overnight star after her dream launch, doing realistic roles, and anorexia rumours

My guest this week is a young and so ­simple a person that if you passed her by on a street, you'd confuse her for any ­other Bandra girl. But put her in front of a ­camera, and we have a country loving her. Anushka Sharma, welcome to Walk the Talk.

Thank you, sir. I've grown up watching Walk the Talk. When one wants to be famous, wants to achieve a lot in life, and be known by people, you see some shows and you say is pe I have to come. I always wanted to be on this show, and today here I am. I feel very happy that I was invited by you.

I did not deliberately use the expression 'rising star', because I think you've risen. How does a 24-year-old deal with it?

Stardom also brings in pressure.

I think, sir, any field brings pressure. A 24-year-old working in an advertising firm must also be facing some amount of pressure.

It's just that my pressure is more public. Everybody knows something written about me, said about me...that's another kind of pressure. But the point is to not take things too seriously. That's what I tell myself.

Don't take failure or success too seriously. Just stay on the middle ground, do your job and aage badhte raho. It might sound clichéd, but that's honestly the only way to survive, because if I start over-thinking, over-brooding over my success or failure, I'll turn insane.

Which you've seen happening in your business.

I've observed all kinds of people and realised that everyone has a different approach to their work, their life, success, failure, whatever...

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