Happy Birthday Anushka! One Day Late! (sorry)

Oops!  I missed Anushka’s birthday yesterday!  She turned 29 (Ah!  I am older than Anushka!)!  Wow, she’s young!  Let’s see if I can come up with 29 reasons to love her.  (This is an updated and reposted post from last year)

1. Starting with when India fell in love with her.  Not me, because I didn’t see this, because stupid Indian satellite channels charge like $20 a month so I can’t see TV ads.  But other people!

2. After a series of ad campaigns, of course her big break was in Rab Ne.  Which, let’s be real, is mostly Shahrukh’s movie.  But Anushka does a really good job with what they gave her!

3. After Rab Ne, it took her a while to get a film that was equally good of a showpiece.  But Baand Baaja Baarat definitely qualified!  Her character was layered and interesting, she had all sorts of fun scenes to play, and this song is awesome!  Especially her entrance at 1:25.

4. I have my issues with Jab Tak Hain Jaan, including some with Anushka’s character (so spunky!  Why so spunky?), but I have none with this song.  And, yes, it is mostly because Shahrukh in scruff looks so good, but it’s also because of her perky happy smile.  And, as we have all discussed in the comments many times, clearly Shahrukh should have ended up with Anushka!

5.  I have no real issues with Matru ki Bijli Ka Mandola.  I know most people didn’t like it, but I really really did!

6. I like her because she is an old-school instinctive teenage actress.  Just like Kajol and Madhuri and Hema and dozens of others, she was discovered as a teenager, brought in for her first movie with no training, and did it all on instinct and on the job learning.

7. And her big break was the biggest possible break, the lead opposite Shahrukh Khan in an Aditya Chopra movie.  And yet, she was also willing to take a step back and act as an ensemble in Badmaash Company, and opposite a complete unknown in Band Baaja Baaraat (of course, that unknown was Ranveer Singh who became immediately popular, so it worked out pretty good)

8. She picked her projects carefully, but even when they flopped (like her BBB follow-up Patiala House, which I LOVED), she was so cheerful and confident about it, and so willing to appear on talk shows and walk the ramps on fashion week, that she was still well-liked by the public.

9. She must be easy to work with as well, since she’s now been chosen for multiple big roles opposite big names, roles that could have been given to a more consistently successful actress, from Shahrukh in Jab Tak and Rab Ne and their next untitled film, to Akshay in Patiala, to Aamir in PK, to Salman in Sultan.

10.  She seems to have engendered little jealousy in the industry, despite her success, being a friend to all and an enemy of none.

11. Even her less successful movies still gave us some wonderful songs.

12. This movie was fairly successful, but this song I think is probably going to last longer than the movie.  Certainly I can’t seem to get it out of my head!

13. Speaking of her with Ranveer, this is almost tied with “Gallan Goodiyaan” for my favorite song from this movie.  Largely because her chemistry with Ranveer is just so fun!

14. So long as I am talking dance songs, I better put in her very first dance song.

15.  And her most recent one.

16. I like that she gave us the phrase “temporary lip enhancing tool” while explaining her different look in Bombay Velvet.  Because I find that phrase endlessly hilarious.  (what does it even mean?)

17.  I like that she is trying to get a Masters in Economics by correspondence while acting.

18.  I like that she isn’t afraid to take long breaks between roles, instead of just signing everything that comes her way.

19.  I like that she doesn’t apologize for wanting good roles in good movies, or pretend her career is just something she does for fun while waiting to get married.

20.  I like that she has never apologized for her body, whether people say it is too skinny or too tall or too whatever else.

21. Even though Bombay Velvet is a terribly terribly inhumanly bad movie, I really love this song, mostly because of how it sounds, but also because of how she emotes through it.

22. And if we are talking songs that work mostly because of Anushka’s face, there’s also this!

23.  And this one.

24.  And of course this, her very first reaction shot song in her very first movie, and she nails it!

25.  And finally, the best part of her very first movie, a definite “A star is born!” moment.

26.  I love how she founded her own studio and made NH10, a super female focused and feminist movie in every possible way, and made it a hit!  Well, a qualified hit.  Certainly better than anyone expected!

27.  I love that her follow-up as producer was Phillauri, a completely different sort of film, that was still female focused.  And had better songs!


28.  I love that she filled her last “Khan” notch when she co-starred with Salman, and held the screen against him, in Sultan.

29.  And finally, I love her for how she has handled her relationship with Virat Kohli.  No modest fakery and excuses to hide it, no giving in to the haters when they accused her of causing his slump, and no rush to marriage when she is still happy being single and career focused.

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13 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Anushka! One Day Late! (sorry)

  1. She’s my favorite current actress and all around filmi celebrity! From the outside, she’s got everything in her life sorted. I do hope she continues to work as much in front of the camera as behind it. She strikes me as someone that doesn’t really need the limelight and enjoys the behind the scenes work just as much. I also think, despite her unconventional looks (lip-enhancing tools and all), that she is so pretty and has an effortless sense of personal style.


  2. I always forget how young she is. Of course, it does continue to call into question why Shah Rukh who is twenty three years her senior still acting opposite her…we may love the pairing but..
    .I don’t know if I’ve told you this but I’ve always agreed with you about JTHJ. Akira was a much better match for him! Okay, we love the pairing, can’t wait for “Imtiaz’s to be named later film”, damn the age difference!


    • Jab Tak also did a great job of dealing with that age difference! Acknowledged it, even had Shahrukh talk about it, but showed how her youthful enthusiasm matched well with his older wisdom. Actually, so did Rab Ne. So maybe Imtiaz’s anonymous film will keep up that trend and use the age difference instead of ignoring it.

      On Tue, May 2, 2017 at 4:12 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  3. I love that Pehli Baar is choreographed by Anushka and Ranveer themselves!

    By the way, I have a suggestion for you. I think these birthday posts can get you quite a bit of exposure. I know that on twitter, fans trend for birthdays continuously from the day before to when it actually happens in India. Basically my point is that if you can time your post well, you can get more exposure through these posts. I was going to retweet your Varun birthday post but the trending was over by the time I noticed it.


    • Here’s the challenge with the birthday posts: I either forget them until the last minute, like Varun, and then write it real quick and miss the peak time. Or, I see the birthday coming and write and schedule them in advance. Only, by the time they post, I have the wrong twitter hashtag and it doesn’t fall in with the rest of them. Every once in a while I will be timed just right and it will all work out (John Abraham’s birthday, of all things, I somehow ended up posting at the exact right second with just the right hashtag).

      The real point is that I am writing all these posts in advance and scheduling them and giving them a twitter comment and stuff. And then when they actually come out, I am doing my real paying job and I can’t change the hashtag or re-tweet them or anything. There’s a lot of birthday’s in May, I am scheduling most of my posts for right after midnight India time, no idea of that will be peak time or not. But it means that they will be there for you to re-tweet if you are able any time during the day!


  4. Wow. Anushka Sharma shares her Birthday with The Rock. Lucky her.
    Can you do one post for Dwayne Johnson too?


    • Thanks! Like I said, it’s a reposted post, I added the Phillauri songs but I missed changing the age from last year. I’ll fix it now.


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