Yaaaaaa! Shenanigans time! Onwards to:
The Anushka-Katrina-Deepika Shitstorm
Anushka Sharma is PISSED you guys. And she’s not afraid to show it.
Seems that the same girl who was sportingly honest in an interview not too long ago in which she stated that “Katrina is the bigger star and I have no delusions about that” is now tired of not getting her due.
So, let me get this straight. Girl has two separate beefs with two separate stars.
Beef #1: Katrina Kaif
This one’s quite simple. It seems Katrina’s PR team recently floated a story that Kat was the first choice for Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet, and not Anushka. This turned out to be totally untrue with Anurag taking to twitter to clarify that Anushka was always the only choice.
“Flashing yourself as an imaginary first choice when you’re not even in the running is so tacky. There is no dignity in this and I don’t need to resort to such tactics. The other day, someone said I wasn’t Anurag Kashyap’s first choice for Bombay Velvet and he had to clarify on Twitter. Why do such things in the first place?” – Anushka Sharma [Source: Mumbai Mirror]
Indeed, why would anyone do that in the first place?
Personally I find it unlikely that Anurag would consider Katrina for any film he’s directing – I mean dude might be selling out faster than pancakes at IHOP but he’s still not drinking the Katrina kool-aid.
So yeah, the Beef #1 Trophy goes to Team Anushka. Let’s see if Katrina has anything to say about it but knowing her, she’ll probably manage to coolly remain out of the line of fire one way or another.
Beef #2: Deepika Padukone
Now this one is way more complex and has roots. Deep nasty roots.
And possibly a boy might be involved. And you know when boys are involved everything is worse.
So as I understand it, Deepika is quite the hustler when it comes to bagging the big projects. And I’m fine with that. Nothing wrong with hustling, plus my respect level for her has gone up substantially after her turn in Cocktail.
Now Anushka, if we all remember, made possibly the most tepid debut ever despite having the dream launch to end all dream launches. Deepika was the apple of everyone’s eye in 07-08 and Anushka was largely ignored until Band Baaja Baarat.
So there you have it, Root #1 : Everybody ignored me even though we both debuted opposite SRK.
Root #2: Ranveer Singh
Boys Ruin EVERYTHING! Humph.
Is Deepika dating Ranveer? Is Anushka jellz that Deepika bagged Ram Leela? Is Ranveer totally having the time of his life with all his beautiful co-stars? Oh wait…
Something is up. But no one’s gonna say what. Let’s assume that Ranveer & Anushka are in what I imagine is a “cool, modern we’re together but we’re not suffocating each other because we’re too busy with our careers” relationship. Fine. But when Deepika is co-starring opposite Mr. Ranveer Roving Eyes Singh, you know at the very least, there’s some flirting shirting going down.
And obviously the caveat in any “free to see other people, modern, open” relationship is YOU DO NOT DATE OR FLIRT WITH THE RIVAL.
Root #3: I’m A Bigger Star, No I’m A Bigger Star, No…..SHUT UP BITCH I’m Gonna Kill You Arrrggghhh!!!
“There is no comparison between Deepika and me. Nothing links us. We do different kind of films. In fact she has done more films. I’ve been choosy. I have not picked up just about any role that came my way.”
“A friend of Deepika had called up [the media] to say that she is doing Yeh Jawaani Hai Diwani and not Anushka. My ‘friends’ don’t call, do they? I am Kashyap’s and Hirani’s choice. She is Ayan’s and whosoever’s. I never pull anybody down. That makes me nice, right?”
Oh, SO nice.
And what am I missing here? When did Deepika “pull her down”?
The thing is – no one’s saying that it isn’t a tough industry and the ladies, especially, have to fight it out to get the roles they want. With all those leggy legs in the mix, people are bound to trip each other up. And maybe Deepika is more aggressive in her quest for big name projects. As Kareena famously said in an off-the-record comment a while back:
“She’s good at grabbing projects. Wonder why no one notices it.”
Now she didn’t name names, but it’s widely accepted that she was referring to Deepika who as we all know, is now doing Ram Leela which Kareena walked out of.
Fine. So Deepika hustles. But why the insecurity Anushka? That’s the part that’s making her seem both whiny and arrogant and all around unpleasant in this interview. If you’ve already bagged roles with Hirani and Kashyap, you don’t need to reiterate that you are better.
Nothing is uglier than public displays of insecurity – if you’re in the game, you gotta play it. By all standards, Anushka has the most prestigious projects in her kitty right now – there’s no need for her to snipe at other stars. Ironically, she could take a lesson or two from Katrina who mysteriously bags every big project without a fuss and without feeling the need to badmouth her innumerable detractors.
And Anushka doesn’t just stop with her female co-workers. This is the part of the interview that really made me feel like she was entering dangerous “Insecurity/Pride/Arrogance Makes Me Look Ugly” territory. Asked about the supposed rumor that she was paired opposite newcomer Sushant Singh and not Aamir Khan in PK, she says:
“Sushant has only eight days worth of work. Hirani’s wife used to tell him that heroines never have a good role in his films. This time, he has changed that. I am proud that he chose me. Sushant is just a small chapter in my life.”
Tha’s just whack yo. Why she being so dismissive of Sushant, who’s just starting his career and is no doubt over the moon about his “eight days worth of work” with Raju Frikkin’ Hirani?
I’m not saying anyone’s playing nice here. Everyone’s out to get their own. But interviews like this just end up making Anushka look bad. After all, it’s not like Anushka never hustled for a role and it’s not like she wasn’t always under the protective wing of YRF and Aditya Chopra.
Yeah, she had a rough start but it’s as though in her head she thinks it’s payback time now coz she’s “made it”. Anushka isn’t anything if not extremely ambitious and exceedingly competitive – so why grudge another star for having the same qualities?
Anyway, let’s just put it down to – she was having a bad day and slipped up. But I’m going to have to give the Beef #2 Trophy to Deepika primarily because she’s managed to keep her mouth shut. So far.