Five actresses who delivered the strongest performances in 2016 - Alia Bhatt (Udta Punjab & Dear Zindagi), Anushka Sharma (Sultan & Ae Dil Hai Mushkil), Sonam Kapoor (Neerja), Vidya Balan (Kahaani 2) and Radhika Apte (Phobia & Parched) - sat down with Rajeev Masand for the A.. morectresses Roundtable 2016. The country's finest leading ladies discussed everything from the technical nature of love scenes to the challenges of finding good roles.
"Even now I can't stand before a mirror and act. Even if I'm dressed up, or waking up in the morning, I am not looking at myself. I guess if you always know that you're going to be an actor, you become ready for speculations, people's interest in your life, and public scruti.. moreny that comes with the job.
I don't think I was prepared for that, one bit, when it happened. I still don't know how to react to complements, autograph seekers… It's very complex. I just wanted to be someone with a certain standing (in society)."
Anushka Sharma in a talk with Mayank Shekhar talks about the mysteries surrounding her!
"Of course, it’s a small matter that Ranbir Kapoor’s nuanced performance was one of the most extraordinary portrayals of a leading character well in touch with his feminine side. Look at the film again — look at his babydoll dance; his bag when he’s at the airport (d.. moreid anyone even notice?); his gait at Alizeh’s wedding; the mehendi on his hands; his pretending to be a bride; his easy tears; his non-embrace of a macho indifference in the face of tumult. Karan Johar’s obvious influence is strong here, but it’s easy to miss when you’re looking for ways to rip apart a Bollywood love fantasy. In fact, it has been reduced to characterising Ayan as a man-child. Five years ago we would have said 'kitna rota hai, ladki ke jaise'. Irony?"
"I won't say if I am satisfied but yes, I am definitely very happy. I think being satisfied is a very dangerous place for an artist to be. Early in my career, I used to feel the need to be satisfied. It was a time when I was constantly restless. But now as I've matured profe.. moressionally,I have realized that being satisfied isn't a good thing.
At this point in my career, I should not be satisfied. Because if I do, there is going to be a big fall. And it's quite easy to slip into that zone of comfortable contentment – I am aware that I am surrounded by people who aren't going to stop me if I am become easily content which is exactly why I want to keep going."