Salman Khan's latest wrestling film 'Sultan' is having a happy ride at the box office. However at the same time one simply cannot deny that the film's leading lady Anushka Sharma received flak for her character being 'regressive'. At a time when she is acting and producing films like 'NH10' someone even said that she doing a film like 'Sultan' is actually a step back for gender equality.
Now in an interview with Film Companion the feisty actress opens up about all those allegations, her 'intimidating' equation with Salman and her personal life.
Excerpts from the conversation-
On Receiving Flak For Her Character Being Regressive In The Film
"I don't agree with it. What they (people) were talking is the fact that she (Aarfa) gives up her dream..She is pregnant for godsake. What is the alternate? What could she do? It's not like she planned it and suddenly forgot that she had a dream in her head! It happened. Isn't not aborting her child a choice she made too? So if a woman is making a choice on her own, I think that's definitely not regressive because that's something which she has decided at that point. When I heard the script that bait made me think before we started filming. It made me think, 'Would I do this?' I questioned myself because I probably didn't think about it. But then when you understand the situation..it's not like he said 'Give up your dreams'. It's because you have something that's happening in your life. I have played this character keeping in mind the grudge she holds against Sultan. So it's not just because her child died, it's also because she felt that she gave up so much for a guy who didn't give a shit about her. I think a lot of those people have not seen the end of the film where she goes back to what she was doing. Sometimes a death of a child can a big thing for parents. So if my character is just helping her dad out, that's fine..that's also a choice. So I don't think that it was regressive at all."
On Salman Khan's 'Insensitive' Comment
"Quite honestly after that a lot has been spoken about it. We obviously all understand that it was rather insensitive. But now when I look at it today I feel that yes, it was insensitive and something I was a bit surprised by the way that it was said the way it was said. It made me realize and think that all of us and not just celebrities have a responsibility towards what they speak, in any place, not just publicly. I think celebrities more so. I don't want to get into what was going on in his head because that's something one should be asking him. I cannot assess that because I don't know him that much."
On Her Equation With Salman
"I have worked on a film with him and that's the amount of interaction I have had with him. I find him a bit intimidating because Salman isn't someone who is going to go out of his way to make you feel comfortable. He is going to be himself and do his thing. I am very shy as a person so I can't bridge that gap either. I can't break that ice because I am not very good at it myself. We don't have that kind of equation where we have conversations."
On Her Relationship With Virat Kohli
"When I decided to talk about my relationship I thought I was being how I am. I am very open about the way I lead my life because I have really nothing to hide. I can't be bothered with the pressures of leading an alternate life. That's the reason I spoke about it. I have now realized that everybody doesn't have that maturity to deal with an actor being open about their relationship and they still behave like high school kids. You know.. big newspapers and websites getting excited about two people meeting somewhere and saying 'They met there'..like big deal man..are you serious? You have met somebody at someplace and that becomes a story! Why are you still behaving like investigative journalists? I said I am..why are you still be like 'alleged' and make some scoop. I could be giving my life's best performance but that didn't matter because me meeting somebody somewhere is clearly a more interesting aspect of my life than anything else. I think with actors, because we are a part of entertainment everything that we do becomes an entertainment whereas we would like our work to be taken more seriously."