Mumbai: Anushka Sharma is pairing with her Jab Tak Hai Jaan co-stars Katrina Kaif and Shah Rukh Khan once again for Aanand L Rai’s Zero. In the romantic drama, the 30-year-old actor will be seen essaying a scientist with cerebral palsy. Was it difficult preparing for such a character? During an interaction with MyNation, Sharma revealed that it was quite challenging to perform the role. She said, “Himanshu and Aanand Rai had met a lot of doctors and figured out what is the right way of representing this condition. Then they took me through it, so I got a good understanding. Also, I worked with an occupational therapist and an audiologist for about three months to understand the physical limitations, how the speech gets impacted etc.”

Anushka’s latest flick Zero where she stars alongside Katrina Kaif and Shah Rukh Khan will hit theatres on December 21.

Speaking about realistic performances, around the release of her last film Sui Dhaaga in September, hilarious memes featuring the actor had gone viral on social media. However, memes don’t affect her, rather it is her achievement as an actor feels Anushka. She explained, “I don’t feel bad. I didn’t feel bad even then because had I not looked so believable as the person, they would not have made those memes. It was so real that they could make a joke on it.”

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Anushka has frequently co-starred with Shah Rukh Khan with whom she made her Bollywood debut 10 years ago. From Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi in 2008 to Zero in 2018, Anushka feels she has learnt a lot from King Khan. She said, “He has been working for so many years and he is so driven and passionate. I think these are the two qualities which are very special and that’s something which I have always taken back with me.” The actor also shared her excitement on completing 10 years in B-Town, saying, “It has been a wonderful journey. I am grateful for the last 10 years of my life. I have got to work with some of the best directors and best actors in the country. I have hopefully managed to create some memorable roles for myself.” 

However, Anushka Sharma is one actor who has created a space for herself not just with her acting prowess but also as a producer. She will be producing a new show for Amazon and a film for Netflix. Even though Anushka is not acting in any of her above productions, she revealed that she would love to act in a web series. Anushka said, “I would be very happy to do a web series. After that, I will go back and do a film because you are catering to a very different audience when it comes to that. The Indian movie-going audience is very different. Digital platforms have still not reached the really interior places of our country.”

Highlighting that the digital medium offers a lot more freedom, the Sui Dhaaga actor said, “It is a forum which is getting so big right now. There is a lot more freedom that you face when you are doing it for the digital medium because it’s so new, there is so much more which you can do with it.” Presently, there is no censorship in the content of digital platforms. Is that an advantage? Anushka replied, “I think they understand the content that they want to put out there and also the audience that they are catering to. There is a lot of self-regulation. I think that’s good. At the moment there is a discussion going on about this. Hopefully, the right decision gets taken ultimately because you have to cater to all kinds of audience.”