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For Zero's Aafiya, Anushka Sharma sat on wheelchair whole time on set

Anushka Sharma worked with an occupational therapist and audiologist for Aafiya's character in her forthcoming movie Zero.

India TV Entertainment Desk Edited by: India TV Entertainment Desk New Delhi Updated on: December 03, 2018 9:50 IST
Anushka Sharma

Anushka Sharma

After getting good reviews for Sui Dhaaga, Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma is all set to impress us once again with her character Aafiya in forthcoming movie Zero. Anushka worked with two professional trainers to immerse herself into her role as Aafia, a scientist with cerebral palsy.

"I understood the challenge that I was going to face as an actor while playing this role. That is what excited me towards the role," Anushka said in a statement.

"If I were able to pull it off, I would have accomplished something. So I wanted to do it the right way and represent this correctly. Aanand sir and Himanshu (writer Himanshu Sharma) had already researched a lot with doctors (about this condition) when they came to me with the film and had sketched out my character accordingly. I understood their brief and went with their vision and met with the doctors," she added.

She said she worked with an occupational therapist and audiologist who helped her understand "what physical limitation my character would have and how my condition would impact my speech". 

India Tv - Anushka Sharma

Anushka Sharma

"The difficult part in this was that I had to voluntarily create an involuntary movement that happens to my character because of my condition. While I had to focus on the dialogues, I also had focus on the emotion of the scene, which was difficult. So, in the beginning I would ask for some extra takes so that I could get it right because I wanted to make sure that I was doing it correctly," added Anushka, who shares screen space with Shah Rukh Khan in the movie.

Anushka Sharma on her character in Zero: I had to tighten my body and release it

Anushka also spent time on a wheelchair. "With time I started to understand it better - staying on the wheelchair the whole time I was on set and for three months before as I worked with the occupational therapist and audiologist. I did all these to understand the confinements one feels when one has to spend a lifetime on a wheelchair. I think all this practice helped in understanding the condition of the character well and the vision that Aanand L. Rai had for the role. I have tried to do it to the T," she concludes.

India Tv - Anushka Sharma

Anushka Sharma

On a related note, Zero is scheduled to hit the screens on December 21. Shah Rukh is playing a character who is vertically challenged. Zero also stars Katrina Kaif in lead role.

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