Last year, Anushka Sharma shared screen space with Karan Johar, in the Anurag Kashyap directed ‘Bombay Velvet.’ While the film sank without a trace, Johar and Sharma went on to collaborate again for ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, with this time Karan doing what he does best, direction. While Karan is all praises for Anushka and speaks highly of her performance in the film, many would be surprised to know that Karan was not too sure of Anushka making it big as an actress when he spotted for the first time.
In an episode of ‘Koffee With Karan’, Karan Johar had revealed that when Aditya Chopra had shown him pictures of two girls (with one of them being Anushka) that he had finalised for his then upcoming film ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’, Karan did not quite approve of Anushka and advised Aditya to opt for the other girl. Aditya Chopra saw what Karan could not see in Anushka and decided to cast her in the role of the feisty Taani in the film. The rest, as they say, is history.
Anushka made a very good impression with her debut outing and went on to consolidate her position further as a solid acting talent with films that gave her the opportunity to prove her mettle as an actress. Karan, too, took notice and offered Anushka the lead part in the official adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s book ‘2 States’.
Like several other actresses who were offered the role, before Alia Bhatt eventually agreed to do it, Anushka, for reasons best known to her turned it down. As mentioned it an interview, she believed that Karan would never offer her a film again. As luck would have it, a few years later Karan approached her with a script that was written by him and was going to be directed by him. On 28 October, when ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ releases, one will get to know as to how fruitful this collaboration has turned out to be.