Playing Bijlee was mentally draining: Anushka Sharma

Added by harini on Dec 31, 2012

Anushka Sharma, who has established herself as one of the lead Bollywood actresses in a very short duration, said her role of Bijlee from the movie ‘Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola’ was very complex and drained her mentally.

“So far the characters which I have played have been very strong girls so I cannot play them in a relaxed way. I played them the way they were written. Bijlee is one of the most complex characters I had to play," Anushka told IANS.

“My character is saying something and means something else; you have to read between the lines. It is a complete dichotomy. For me, the way she (Bijlee) was, was not something which I could relate to naturally. I just could not relate to her. She is very vague and vain," she added.

The movie is directed by veteran director Vishal Bhardwaj. And Anushka Sharma said that as the movie was a Vishal Bhardwaj’s movie she has expected the unexpected.

“Vishal Bhardwaj's films are not obvious. That is what I had to learn. Human beings are flawed and he works in this grey area. When a film is not very verbose, it is the in-between spaces you have to fill, which becomes difficult,” she said.

“Mentally it was draining. After a few days, I sent a message saying I don't think I can do this. Everything which I have done has been simple till now. Here there are too many layers. I would have spoilt it if I had played it linear," she added.

Anushka Sharma said that she has learnt a lot from this movie.

When I started shooting this film, I saw the world in either black or white. After doing this film, somewhere I started accepting things more, and became less judgmental. I started to sympathize with people. Everyone has made mistakes in life and acceptance of that was what I learnt in the film," said Anushka Sharma.

“Vishal Bhardwaj has seen a certain kind of life. He has seen so much which you and I won't even think is true, because we have lived in big cities. He has learnt a lot from life and that's what you see in his films,” she concluded.

The movie also stars Imran Khan and veteran actor Pankaj Kapoor in lead roles. Arya Babbar and Shabana Azmi play supporting characters in the movie.

‘Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola’ is touted to be a drama comedy set in a rustic village of Haryana. The movie is about Harry Mandola (Pankaj Kapur), a wealthy industrialist who loves his drink, his daughter Bijlee (Anushka Sharma) and the unusual bond they both share with Harry’s man Friday, Matru (Imran Khan).

The movie is set to release on January 11, 2013.

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