Anushka Sharma
Anushka Sharma

The lack of a film family background and zero links with Bollywood didn’t stand in the way of Anushka Sharma stardom. And 10 years after her debut, she feels a lot of “contentment and gratitude” for everything that she has got.
“I’m thankful for the films that I’ve been able to do, for the opportunities that I’ve been given and the love that I’ve received,” says the actor, who entered cinema with a bang — in a lead role opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008).

Amid the debate around nepotism, which heats up every time a star kid makes his or her Bollywood debut, Anushka, the outsider who hit the big league, has said little or nothing. Her name, however, usually crops up in such a debate, alongside that of other outsiders-turned-stars such as Deepika Padukone, Sidharth Malhotra, and Rajkummar Rao, as examples of how the family name isn’t everything.
Anushka continued, “There are always pros and cons in everything and every situation you are in. Yes, there’s a lot of hype around star kids, while we, coming from the outside, are the underdogs. We don’t have, I’d say, that much pressure to perform well. Yes, the opportunities might be more for them but at the same time, there are pros and cons to everyone’s lives.”

“Also, I feel you can’t blame actors for nepotism. You can, maybe, blame the people who are responsible for nepotism but you can’t blame actors or star kids for it. At the end of the day, all that people want is the acknowledgement that yes, nepotism does exist but I think beyond that it’s just a useless conversation.”