Blame it on our cynicism, but when an actor talks about "being impressed" by her own performance, even wanting to "applaud" herself, for a film which is just about to be released, it is a tad difficult to take her on the face value. But then, when it is Anushka Sharma on the other end of the microphone, promoting her production debut NH10, something in your heart tells you that she could be earnest.
On a visit to Hindustan Times office on Tuesday to promote her film, Anushka revealed how she shot down a proposal to include an item song in NH10. "Someone suggested we have a typical song-and-dance sequence just before the most critical point in the movie. I was told it would be good to pause with a romantic song where they (Neil and Anushka's characters) just get out of the car and start singing. My reaction was a blank expression. I had a such an awesome blank expression, I wanted to clap for myself."
NH10's loss however, could well be a boon for Zoya Akhtar's Dil Dhadakne Do: Anushka told her audience she's doing just that (an song sequence) in the film. "I have song-sequences where I am the only dancer in the film. I play a Broadway performer in the movie," she said.
When asked if it was fair to blame the evils of the society to what our movies portray, Anushkha's NH10 co-star, Neil Bhoopalam, said, "If movies influenced the society to such an extent, why don't we see couples dancing and singing on the roads?"
Reacting to the raging debate on using cuss words in films, and the controversy over banning a documentary on December 16 gangrape case (India's Daughter), Anushka said, "What you show in movies, actually happens in our lives to an extent. You can't say films shouldn't use cuss words and continue using them otherwise."?
Agreeing with her, Neil said, "What you will see in NH 10 is a reflection of our society. It is like seeing ourselves in a mirror and some outside moral police cannot come and block out your mirror."
When asked about another controversy, the recent news of an Indian student being denied an internship in German university because of "India's rape culture", Anushka said, "Normally people think only girls are affected by such incidents (rapes and crimes against women), but now you should understand that everyone is affected."
Talking about her experience of working with the Khans, Anushka said, "Once the camera rolls, it doesn't matter if my co-actor is Aamir Khan or Neil Bhopalan."