It was 2008 and I was in school when a fresh face took over Bollywood with King Khan. It was the film that made Anushka what she is today. Anushka Sharma was the new YRF (Yash Raj Films) girl and media couldn't have enough of her when she was finally introduced (her name wasn't revealed during the filming). Her debut movie, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, shot her to fame not just because she was paired opposite Shah Rukh Khan but due to her acting chops. Anushka sank her teeth into the character of Tani ji or Tani partner and made us fall in love with her 'haule haule'.
There was ample scope to go overboard with the character of middle-class Punjabi girl but newbie Anushka balanced it well. Speaking about her selection amongst hundreds of other girls, late director-producer Yash Chopra had said, ''While she has no previous acting experience, we have seen that unique spark in her that makes us confident that she will be a standout even opposite Shah Rukh''.
Well, these words coming from one of the finest directors of Hindi film industry is a testimony to the fact that Anushka was here to stay. And, she did it with acting and now production. If you remember, in Koffee With Karan, Anushka revealed one advice that Aditya Chopra gave her. She was told by YRF honcho that she ain't good looking enough to be an actress, hence all she has is acting skills.
In one of her early interviews after Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi hit the screens, Anushka confessed that there is a sudden rush of strange feelings as now people have started recognising her. She even said that people don't know her name and are addressing her as 'Shah Rukh Khan ki heroine' and 'Tani'.
For the unversed, Aditya Chopra directorial received mixed response critically. However, it garnered audience's love for its characters and chartbuster compositions by Salim-Sulaiman.
As Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi completes eleven years of release, we thank SRK and Anushka for giving us a movie we can watch with family anytime and anywhere (while sobbing and smiling alternatively).
So, ready to go down the memory lane? Watching this will also make you realise that initially trailers of Hindi films were edited more appropriately without divulging much details (or say, making a short film of 2 or more mins).