'Lost out on a role because director felt I was not beautiful enough' - Anushka

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In an interview to Indian Express , Anushka Sharma spills the beans on her career, rumors surrounding her anorexia and how she lost out on a role because the director felt she was not "stunningly beautiful".

I have only added the interesting bits here. Please read the remainder of the interview in the link provided. It's a good read.

I personally find Anushka quite pretty and I like her onscreen. How about you?

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The Yash Chopra film’s press release says that the film stars Shah Rukh Khan with the “very beautiful” Katrina Kaif and the “very talented” Anushka Sharma. Does that take off the ­pressure to look good or put on the pressure to act well?

(Laughs) I didn’t know how to react when I read that. I didn’t know whether I should be happy that I’m talented or be sad that I’m not beautiful. I remember having this conversation with my father. I guess I’ll have to find solace in Adi’s words who told me, “We chose you because you can act and that beauty is not your USP.” If you have to compare us, Katrina is definitely more beautiful. Being beautiful is important for films since it is a visual medium but the women I love have been such stellar performers that it adds to their beauty, like, Nargisji, Kajol, Rani Mukerji.

Ever lost out on a role because someone said you’re not beautiful enough?

Yes. I’ve met directors who said they were looking for an actress who is “stunningly beautiful” and that I didn’t look the part. It happened before BBB.

The perception about you is that you are very aloof. Has that gone against you?

I can’t hardsell myself. Mujhe sharam aati hai. I have a major pride issue. I feel if I’m good, you’ll see it and give me what is due to me. People mistake this for arrogance. It’s just that I’m proud of my talent, not of my stardom. With BBB, my talent got validated. I’ve decided to become selective about my work. I’ll do one thing at a time and cater to the audience that has welcomed me. I don’t think actors should have images. I don’t think I need a PR to survive this industry


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Anonymous's picture

I think anushka is more beautiful than deepika&katrina but three of them are extra ordinary actresses!! And anu can do more better than anyone perhaps she is the rising star of bollywoooodd. And all that is our awesome anushkaaa, luv U!

  • 11 months ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    Aww such mean ppl! And she's quite pretty!

  • 2 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    Katrina is more beautiful and talented that's why she is having many super hit movies

  • 2 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    I think that deepika looks better than anushka.Well most of them say that anushkas jodi looks good tha deepika. But I think so that deepika looks more better than anushka and she suits to all actors in bollywood and also with yuvi.

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    It's so stupid how Bollywood thinks that if a woman is very beautiful, and totally talent-less, she becomes a hit. And if she's talented, and not beautiful, she's not famous. Wtf? Katrina can barely speak hindi, and she's famous. Wow.

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    I find her pretty, especially in Rab Ne Bana di Jodi, but seriously the actresses today none of them are truly anything special.

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    Regarding, Wed, 2011-12-14 06:57 — Anonymous--> this sounds like a Miss India USA pagent, where a loser a few years back bombarded the sites with 'problem of the 'shorties' entering pagents. Her comments are on rediff if you care to google. Apparently, a lot of short people are welcomed in these pagents (having very beautiful faces)-- and this made her feel that the better ones (taller) had a harder time getting in top spots.

    If you want to believe tall, fair and thin is India's bill of beauty-that's fine. But let others have their own bill of beauty, and that includes Indians. There are going to be voluptuous, slim, tall, petite,dark,light, curly hair, straight hair, and and sorts of people in Bollywood - and that's a good thing-- because India's bill of beauty is and should be diverse. Whether it's really happening or not (diversity) is debatable. As for Anuskha, she's getting top heroine roles already.. not working her way up like Bips or Pri. Not sure why you don't think she's not welcomed.. she's doing much much better than an arguably tall , thin, fit, nice haired, and incredibly beautiful face + incredible talent like Nandita Das , etc-- who does happen to be dusky-- and struggled and struggled. (by the way, she too lost out on roles not fitting in as beautiful due to her color).

    And oh, by the way, Hollywood is filled with diverse faces-- not just exceptionally beautiful ones. The simple next door Reese Witherspoon go hand in hand with standard stunners like Theron. Blondes, brunettes, redheads, and and all sorts of races and colors. Wish Bollywood would follow the diverse lead.

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    Whoa!!! Wed, 2011-12-14 06:57 — Anonymous--> "even chubby actresses".

    Hypocrite much? First you claim what is healthy and unhealty, but in a world of eating disorders, you call people chubby? Yes, Bollywood welcomes voluptous and thin actresses... as for dusky (that's debatable). Most dusky artists start off either as character actresses depsite being very beautiful (i.e Nandita).. or as vamps (Bips/Pri) and have to pancake lightened to be 'welcomed', as you say.

    It's very ignorant of you to call people chubby , stdout, etc... and then counter what is healthy and unhealthy.

    By the way, the industry has seen successful tall , fair and having nice hair actresses (your ideal): Pooja Batra (nearly 6 feet tall) ; Sonali Bendre-- having incredibly beautiful faces.

    there should be room for all and everyone should respect diverse opinions and tastes== and obviously Ansushka has her share of people who find her attractive-- otherwise, she would be playing vamp roles at the start of her career the way dusky Priyanka did (working her way up). She's obviously getting heroine roles- so she is fitting in some way.

    IF YOU LOOK DOWN ON 'STOUT' , CHUBBY OR DUSKY AS LESSER, OBVIOUSLY, YOU ARE MAKING THE SAME MISTAKE AS THE ONES YOU POINT THE FINGER TO.

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    I find it extraordinary unhealthy that a woman that looks like Anuskha is being labelled not beautiful.
    If this is reflective of Indian mentality in the 21st c, then Indian has become way more westernised than I had thought.
    She is lithe, thin (when not too thin, athletic) she is fair, her hair is lovely, she dresses well.
    And yet, ppl seem to keep on reiterating TO HER FACE that she is not beautiful enough???
    This is in the same industry where actresses that did not fit India's own bill of beauty have been welcomed, dusky actresses, short actresses, stout or even chubby actresses.
    .

    THIS COMMENT NEED TO BE PRINTED AND SLAPPED INTO THE FACE OF THE FILM INDUSTRY.

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    so thats why shes starving herself?
    if its of any consolation to her i dont think katrina is particulary beautiful. just prettily packaged

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    yes thats right, she is not that pretty, she is cool

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    1. if you are talented AND beautiful you will always be remembered ie madhuri, rani, waheeda rehman.
    2. if you are beautiful ONLY you will be remembered to an extent..twinkle, lisa ray, malaika sherawat, malaika khan
    THAT BEING SAID, anushka is more talented than Katrina n deepika but not AS talented as vidya n kareena
    she is MORE beautiful than konkona n vidya but not AS beautiful as katrina and aish.

    THEREFORE..she's hopeless.

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    well, many people find her attractive and many do not. that's why to each is own.. and there should be diversity in Bollywood- not labels. obviously reading the posts, a lot of people are finding her attractive. everyone should have their own tastes.

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    Aww, it must suck to be told that to your face!
    Bollywood only values fair skin or "beautiful" faces.

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    hey i find anushka d 2nd most beautiful actress today after kareena................nd katrina is nthng in4rnt of anushka.katrina is nw ageing and soon her botoxed beauy will nt b gng 2 work any more so d real anushka beauty will rise high nd high 4ever.

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    Like Sonam her still face in pictures is quite plain, especially the lower half. She has a flat face. BUT she was lovely on screen in Rab ne and BBB. See screen beauty and photo beauty are two different things. Some beautiful girls can bore you aishwarya in action Replay for example. Imagine if Sridevi did that comic role! While some plain girls can fascinate you on screen thanks to their personality... Penelope cruz is a great example. She is a pretty enough latina in pictures but on screen she is a stunning goddess thanks to her personality, voice, acting

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    And it is too early dear to say that you are talented. You have a long way to go to prove that. All the films you did are not a proof of an exceptional talent still. And thats a fact this women need to consider before talking.

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    to hell with talent, even monkeys are talented

  • 3 years ago
  • Rilwan08's picture

    his is why indians r the worst people in the world,who tells someone you r not beautifull.suicide rate is high.i think shes very beautifull.and indians look down on people thats why kajol have 6 filmfares becouse they dont give other people a chance.in hollywood u don t have to have someone in the industry to make.this unacceptable

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    beauty comes in all different shapes, colors and sizes... and if Anuskha thinks she's beautiful, she should believe in herself. there are always people who find some people attractive and others not... there are always people labeliing stars as average looking , etc. whatever, don't let labels get to you. Anususkha may be not our concept of good-looking, but she is someone else's concept... to each is own. beauty is subjective.

    by the way, every model and actress has to deal with rejection and there is always someone who finds you pretty and someone you will not . that's how it all works for everyone.. not just Anuska.

    p.s. glad this post is not litttered with hateful comments like some other actresses's posts...

  • 3 years ago
  • Rilwan08's picture

    this is why indians r the worst people in the world,who tells someone you r not beautifull.suicide rate is high.i think shes very beautifull.and indians look down on people thats why kajol have 6 filmfares becouse they dont give other people a chance.in hollywood u don t have to have someone in the industry to make.this unacceptable

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    Director got ThAT RIGHT!!! look at her she looks nasty

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    I bet she is definitely more beautiful than most.

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    Anushka is not only beautiful but TALENTED

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    i think she's better looking & sweeter looking that katrina

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    Ofcourse anushka is beautiful.She has the sweetest face and a good rack.She jus tooo thin otherwise....her arma and legs need to be worked upon.

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    awwww <3 cutie

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    all she can do is play the role of an annoying high pitched teeny bopper girl... who ISNT pretty. anushka could look good with ranveer because he is uglier than her. with other heroes, she looks like a waste of space.

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    If she is not pretty then who is else is pretty??? Kat???? Lol

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    I think she has the wholesome fresh looks thing going for her rather than classic beauty.But not many of today's actresses are conventionally beautiful.Especially in comparision to the early lot who were simply perfect....Madhubala, Hema Malini ,Waheeda Rehman etc etc.

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    yes u are not beautiful. ur "im talented" strategy can only take u so far. many are talented. its the complete package that works. anushka, u can loose weight, do slight smile enhancement and hang out with chopras and that icky ranveer but ur not beautiful. accept that. the sooner the better. if u are lucky and get some roles in the future, count ur blessings. just because u had runaway hit doesnt mean anything. Think Bhagyashree. Sorry girl.

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    shes cute, but seriously ?? SRK and Katrina is a hot couple, but SRK and Anushka.....NEVER ! they cud choose PC, Karishma or Kareena...

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    Well I agree, she not stunningly beautiful, but nor is Katrina...there is nothing beautiful in botox lips and long boring face, so it should be "talented Anushka" and "talentless Katrina"

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    she is owning up to what is tru, i don't hear her complaining. beauty is overrated anyways.

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    She has a STUNNING figure few other in bollywood have. Her face is likable in the manner of Renuka Shahane, Kajol etc. While in India being pretty is still enough to get you through Bollywood, in Hollywood most of the actresses are weird looking, or 'jara hatke' from the main stream, and thats their appeal.
    But Anushka has managed to do very well for herself, she has become very successful in her own right at a very young age, despite having no filmi family. Sure, a lot of people love to watch her on screen, otherwise she won't be successful.
    Bottom-line is, the pretty faces in Bollywood are ALL interchangeable, what a Deepika can do, that a Katrina can not or a Bipasha can not, it does not matter who you are taking if its just for a pretty face, and no talent. However, when it comes to actual meaty roles, there are only few lucky ladies who land the job, Vidya, Kareena, Priyanka, Rani, Kajol and now Anushka etc. Because, there are so few ladies in Bollywood who can actually ACT. Anushka has an advantage over Vidya, Rani etc that Anushka has a body to die for, is stylish and still very young. She will go a long way, she is pretty enough, if not stunningly beautiful, has talent, a mega watt smile, its good enough for me.

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    IT MUST SUCK TO HAVE A BIG HEAD:(

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    I don't think she is pretty but I would never say that to someone on their face.Yes she isn't beautiful.She belongs to tv serials not movies.

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    I don't get it, she was a model at 14! And that too a successful one, being a showstopper, and working at Elite models alongside Lisa Haydon and Freida Pinto. If she doesn't think she is beautiful, why would she go after a modelling career in her teens?

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    Well she is quite pretty and she would turn heads at desi parties.

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    well shut up now because u got yash chopra's film!! geez what a sore loser

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    She is so pretty! I don't get why people always say she isnt.

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    its not about the physical beauty even though anushka is disproportionate huge head small body, she has a huge attitude problem ive seen her in toronto during iifa this year was not impressed with her attitude problem. she is but a mere one- two films old she needs to stay humble but no instead that one hit film with srk got to her head. even after watching her on koffee with karan with ranveer singh i felt she has a huge attitude issue like she thinks she the best in the industry and deserves all films. i give her some points for making it into the industry without any god father but she does not seem humble in any sense. ranveer on the other hand seems way more down to earth and can act waayyy better. future looks grim for anushka.

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    please anushka dont compare yourself to rani or kajol they are both stunning and can act

    you are average looking with the best make up and hair stylists and acting is ok
    katrina is stunnning and can act as her movies are a hit

  • 3 years ago
  • cherrycrush's picture

    she may not be "stunningly beautiful" but she is definitely attractive, talented and likeable. That is so much more important than stunning/beautiful ala katrina kaif/nargis fakhri/whaever last walked out a docs office.

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    she's on par with katrina. she's so humble...saying she's not as beautiful as katrina. way 2 go, girl!!!! :)

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    she's beautiful the press release was an insult to katrina kaif calling her "very beautiful" implying that is all she can offer

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    I find it extraordinary unhealthy that a woman that looks like Anuskha is being labelled not beautiful.
    If this is reflective of Indian mentality in the 21st c, then Indian has become way more westernised than I had thought.
    She is lithe, thin (when not too thin, athletic) she is fair, her hair is lovely, she dresses well.
    And yet, ppl seem to keep on reiterating TO HER FACE that she is not beautiful enough???
    This is in the same industry where actresses that did not fit India's own bill of beauty have been welcomed, dusky actresses, short actresses, stout or even chubby actresses.

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    thts messed up.. cuz shes beautiful.. its so sad how the industry works.. they take fat ass actresses just cuz they are stars kids but they dont take normal folks who are way qualified and better looking and more in shape.. and ANUSHKA GIRL U ROCK, YOU CAN ACT, LOOK GREAT.

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    She is pretty in her own way..... She carries herself well.

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    She really isnt beautiful. Its not the size etc..its just her features are nt that pretty. But anyways, she knows it and is counting on her talent so its ok.

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    I think she's way more beautiful than Katrina or even some other "beautiful" actresses & i'd rather see 10 of her in movies than 1 Katrina!

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    She is beautiful but VERY full of herself. Trust me I have seen how much attitude she has and it is RIDICULOUS!

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    i think katrina is definitely more attractive then her but she has more natural beauty and doesn't need a lot of makeup

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    I think she is beautiful :)

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    she is kind of average looking to be honest...her grin and smile is too wideeeeee

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    anushka,you r far more beautiful than kat :)

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    No nothing is like this.... She is a good Actor as well as Beautiful..., She is much better than Sonam kapoor, Soha Ali khan...Nargisji.., A Actor does not mean beautiful.. Actor depend on Acting, dance Each n every thing...
    Rani is not too beautiful but She is gud actor n dancer.., Same for Kajol, Lara dutt, many more...,
    A big xample Katrina kaif... She doesn't no how to act n dance.... She is zere in acting.... Bt she is numbr 1... dunt no wht hapnd to industry......

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    Anushka is beautiful...

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    wow...amazing...hats off to her....she is right she has talent...she does not need a PR...

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    I never found her beautiful either. Only Adi must find her beautiful, just like he found Rani beautiful!!!

  • 3 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    I feel for her cuz i have the same huge face/head - tiny skinny body syndrome. even if the face is beautiful, it just looks disproportionate ugh!

  • 3 years ago
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