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Anushka’s shows battisi on 32nd!

Updated: May 24

Anushka Sharma turned 32 on Friday. The Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi actress who is also an entrepreneur and a movie producer now has actually spent around 17 years in the entertainment business. The belief, she believes, came when she was just a model at 15!

Perseverance is what she attributes as a quality for her meteoric rise despite being a rank outsider in a film industry often accused of nepotism. “Perseverance comes naturally to me. It’s not something that you have to be hard on yourself for, it leads you. Honestly, life leads you! I can vouch for it! Life has led me to where I am you know. Sometimes, you just put your head down and follow the road life takes you on,” she insists.

Anushka who started her production house Clean Slate Films when she was just 25, says her father Colonel Ajay Kumar Sharma is her greatest teacher. “I went to Army Public School in Bangalore and I have had some really good teachers there and I was very close to them and they have had a very lasting impression in my mind and my principal also. But my dad taught me some invaluable lessons. He would drop me to school and he would have these conversations with me because the journey was little bit long. He would just tell me one thing and it has had such a lasting impression in my mind and in my personality and the way I deal with challenges in life. It’s really been extremely special. The thing that he told me was no matter what situation you are in, no matter how bad the situation is, always do the right thing and pray to god that you know what is the right thing to do is at that moment.”

Like a lot of girls who look up to their father for inspiration – Anushka too absorbed the words of wisdom.

“I think that’s something that stuck with me because I was so young and I really look up to my father. He is a very wise man and he has had a huge impression on my life. So, when he said that to me it really stuck with me,” she adds.

The birthday girl says, lessons that are taught to you when you are very young are helpful to grow even as a child. “I started working when I was so young. It was important for me to know all this because at the age of 14-15, when you are taking decisions for yourself and your career, it’s really hard. That’s what’s gave me clarity. That’s what I did and I think that’s something that has always stood out for me,” she signs off.

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