A Conversation With : Anushka Sharma actress on her upcoming film Sultan, training for her role in the film and more
Updated on: 26 Jun 2016
Anushka Sharma stands apart from all actresses. Not just in terms of roles, but the way she conducts herself professionally and personally. She has some rules and she lives by them. She doesn't follow in the footsteps of her contemporaries or legends. She has decided: 'This works for me, so this is what I will do'. She is one of the most sorted actresses I have met in B-Town. Also, one of the brightest. And by that, I mean that she may not necessarily be street smart but she is armed with IQ and EQ. Her next film Sultan is due to release soon,On a Sunday afternoon, at her home, she tells me all about the prep for the role, the difficulties she faced and her first meeting with co-star Salman Khan. Read on...
For Sultan, how much did you push yourself?
If you have to play a wrestler on screen, you obviously know it's going to be hard, but this was especially hard because I had very little time to do what I had to do. I had less than six weeks to prep before they began shooting my first bout as Arfa. There was a time crunch and I had a lot to do. I was also working with a disadvantage of the same perception that people have in their minds about what wrestlers look like.
That most wrestlers are big and bulky. Then, I started researching and realised that there are different categories of wrestlers. Not everyone is in the same height or weight class. People fight in different weight classes. I researched some international and really tall and lean female wrestlers. The idea was to find someone with my body type. I found them quite toned and decided that was the way to go. I started working towards that. I was already working with a physio and trainer because I had a nagging back problem after NH10, so I had to be guided properly. My training for Sultan was hectic. At one point, I was doing 50-kg deadlift and 40-kg front squats, which is supposed to be great.