Top 14 Questions with : Sultan actress Anushka Sharma on her next release, play the role of Aarfa, a wrestler
Updated on: 29 Jun 2016
Sultan actress Anushka Sharma on her next release, learning to negotiate space, turning producer and coming to terms with trolls on social media.
In Sultan, you play the role of Aarfa, a wrestler. How did you go about it?
I got only six weeks to train before my first bout in the film was shot. During this period, I also had to look the part, learn wrestling and speak like a Haryanvi. People have this preconceived notion about the way wrestlers look. Everyone thinks they are big, which I am not. I was worried whether I'd be able to convince people that I am a wrestler. So I had to do a lot of weight training and body-building.
Was learning to wrestle tough?
Wrestling is a contact sport. As actors, we are used to keeping people at a distance. When you have to be really close to someone, it feels uncomfortable. I could learn the sport only after I overcame that. Then I started enjoying wrestling, which is a way of fighting where you don't injure your opponents. It is more about power and tactics. It is about knowing how to bend someone's body in such a way that the opponent has no option but to give in to gravity.
This film is a sports drama and follows the journey of very real people. It is the first time you will see a female wrestler on the big screen. Aarfa represents a modern Indian woman. Women in sports can't ignore their duties at home even as they push themselves, working doubly hard to realise their professional dreams.
Have you been consciously picking progressive roles?