Can ‘Zero’ be Anushka Sharma’s breakthrough performance?


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Anushka Sharma is one of the most sought-after actresses in the industry currently. The actress is intelligent, pretty, bubbly, cute, good-looking, articulate and a genuinely good human being. Anushka has completed a decade in Bollywood and this would catch quite a few people unawares.

Let’s be perfectly honest. India is a patriarchal society and Bollywood has over the years, treated actresses with utter disregard by making them eye candies and very few meaty roles have been written for them.

But, times are changing slowly and steadily. Actresses are making their mark in the industry. From the current lot, we have Kangana Ranaut, Alia Bhatt, and Deepika Padukone, who have busted the myth that only macho hero or an actor can deliver a hit.

This in a way captures Anushka Sharma’s personality in a nutshell. She is happily posing with Shah Rukh Khan and Aanand  L Rai.

Kangana Ranaut is a multiple time National award winner and has given films like ‘Queen‘ and ‘Tanu Weds Manu‘ . Alia Bhatt, despite being just 25 years old, has already done a superb job in films like ‘Raazi’, ‘Highway‘ and ‘Udta Punjab’. It is not fair to compare actresses but these heroines have certainly raised the bar.

Anushka Sharma is an honest trier but let’s be blunt that she has not tried many variations in her roles and has been stuck in the image of a glamour doll. There are exceptions with films like ‘Pari’ and ‘Sultan’, but the examples are few and far between. Anushka shares a unique distinction of working with the holy trinity of Khans i.e. Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan.

So, now can ‘Zero’ be the breakthrough performance that she is yearning for all these years? The 30-year-old wife of Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli is playing a differently-abled character named Aafia Yousufzai. Going by the trailer, Anushka has put in a lot of effort to make the character sensitive and believable.

The ‘PK’ actress has time and again reiterated that she had to be extra careful while playing this character because she didn’t want to offend anyone and had to show that much more effort and sensitivity. Anushka, no doubt has huge potential and loads of talent, but that breakthrough performance is still missing.

If you want to become like the Madhuri Dixits and Sridevis of the world, then you have to have a performance which can be etched in memory and become part of folklore. Anushka Sharma believes in slogging it out and by attempting a difficult character, she is coming out of her comfort zone and challenging herself.

‘Zero’ is this year’s much-awaited release and Anushka Sharma would be hoping that the 10th anniversary of her career gives her a film that can become historic and legendary.

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