Anushka Sharma Opens Up About Stereotyping Gujaratis In Jab Harry Met Sejal

Divya Rao
Anushka Sharma, Shah Rukh Khan

The mini trails of Jab Harry Met Sejal initially skyrocketed our expectations because it’s not every day that Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma share screen space. Their chemistry was hot as ever and we couldn’t help but laugh at SRK calling himself a cheap man. The trailer came out last week and while it has received mixed reviews, the cast has also been criticised a tad bit for stereotyping Gujaratis.

Anushka was asked about it at the launch of the trailer and here’s what she said.

Can you say that no Gujarati speaks like that? See, we expect a representation that we have made in our head about it but that is not how it works. This is not to someone’s liking no? If you can tell me for a fact that no Gujarati speaks this way I would accept ki chalo theek hai. In fact, I had asked Imtiaz the same thing and he had said that he has met girls who speak this way and that is what he found charming about them. Also, the way Sejal speaks, it is because of the limited experience she has had in life. She is someone who has gone to a Gujarati medium school and has been only amongst her cousins and family. She lives in a very constrained environment.

We think that’s fair enough. We wouldn’t really know the context until we watch the movie. What are your thoughts?

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