When Anushka Sharma made her debut in 2008 in Aditya Chopra’s directorial Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, everyone thought she was lucky considering she got to work with Shah Rukh Khan in her debut film. Many also said that she would be overshadowed by SRK in every frame. However, Anushka, a 20-year-old back then, not only managed to hold her own in front of SRK’s star status but even managed to impress critics with her performance as Taani.
Nine years on, Anushka Sharma, is one of the most successful actresses of Bollywood. Not only has she worked in hugely successful big banner films but has also done smaller films with relatively new filmmakers. Pick up any of her films, Anushka’s roles have been equally important to the narrative. The actress has refused to be just a pretty face on screen and with her strong characters, has carved a niche of her own in the industry.
As she celebrates her birthday today, here’s taking a look at five best roles of Anushka that made her the star that she is.
Band Baaja Baarat – Maneesh Sharma’s film released seven years back, but till date, the film remains a favourite amongst the youth for its fresh story and the charming lead pair. Paired opposite Ranveer Singh who made his debut in the film, Anushka played the feisty, ambitious Shruti Kakkar to perfection, who knows what she wants to do professionally and for whom love can wait.
Jab Tak Hai Jaan – Though the Yash Chopra directorial was about Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif’s love story, but Anushka’s performance stood out. Her character Akira brought vibrancy to a love story, there are no twwo ways about it.
PK-Anushka Sharma played a journalist in Rajkumar Hirani’s film who with the help of an alien PK (Aamir Khan) exposes the real face of god-men. A film that beautifully highlighted India’s obsession with superstitions and unnecessary rituals in the name of religion, the film was blockbuster hit.
NH10 – With NH10, Anushka made her debut as producer. A corporate couple accidentally witness an honour killing in the middle of Haryana highway and then absolute mayhem occurs in their lives. Eerie, dark, compelling NH10 had Anushka as the only star and as the central character she completely outshined everyone in the film. NH10 would have been quite a risky film, but Anushka took that risk and succeeded.
Sultan – There was a lot that was said about Anushka’s sexist portrayal of Aarfa, an ambitious wrestler who gave up everything for domesticated life at the peak of her career and let her husband Sultan (Salman Khan) hog the limelight. But Anushka, who played Aarfa, defended her character stating that Aarfa gave up on her career out of choice, no one forced her to do. An important film in Anushka’s career as it was opposite Salman, the film was the big hit of 2016.