Anyone know follows Bollywood will know that it’s not an easy industry to break into. Take one look at Mumbai, and you’ll know the city is filled with tens and thousands of aspiring actors who want to make it big, but only a handful ever get the chance. It’s highly competitive and rejection is a big part of the game. Anushka Sharma, had a dream debut with Shah Rukh Khan in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. She has gone on to become one of the most bankable stars in the country and has carved a name for herself not just as an actor but also a successful producer. Her first production venture NH10 starring herself and Neil Bhoopalam did really well at the box office and won her laurels.
But it hasn’t all been a cakewalk for Anushka. It was anything but it. In a recent interview with DNA, Anushka spoke about how she’s faced rejection from the young age of 15 – back when she used to model.
I have faced rejection from the age of 15. I don’t talk about it because there’s no need to do that. But, I was constantly getting dropped from shows, picked for an ad and then would get replaced. All that has happened to me, too. Obviously, all that is also an integral part of the industry and life in general. But to experience that at the tender age of 15, to be subjected and be judged purely on the basis of how you look, it can be very mentally damaging as well. It hits your self-esteem. I have dealt with it.
On why she doesn’t talk about it.
I don’t want to sit and make things into a sob story unless someone asks me about it. I don’t want to make that image. If people had asked me about it previously, I would have spoken about it. But nobody did.
They always say success doesn’t come easily, and Anushka’s story is extremely inspiring. :)