Jab Met Harry Sejal‘s leading actress, Anushka Sharma tackles the concept of masculinity with her “Bawse Lady” look in her new August cover for Elle India. She is seen sporting a short hair, wearing a pantsuit and posing with her ankle resting on her knee which gives her a dynamic and edgy look. Meaning they’ve done everything they can to style that appears masculine that comes across as “assertive” or as the Internet likes to coin it – “bawse.”
Elle India Cover was photographed by Tibi Clenci with styling by Rahul Vijay, makeup by Subhash Vagal, and hair styled by Yanni Sapatori
Check out the exclusive interview snip of Anushka Sharma by Elle India
Only the starry-eyed trivia junkie will know this, but the first time audiences actually saw actor Anushka Sharma on the big screen was at least two years before she made her Bollywood debut. I nudge her for a fact-check, and Sharma laughs, “Yeah. It was in [Rajkumar Hirani’s 2006 film] Lage Raho Munna Bhai.” She features in the in-film branding for the now-defunct radio station, WorldSpace Radio. “Those hoardings used to be all over Bengaluru. Someone spotted the ad in the film, and told me about it. I had no idea!”
Only eight years later, Sharma would play the lead in Hirani’s Aamir Khan-starrer, PK (2014). On the sets, Hirani would even dig out a video of Sharma auditioning for his previous Aamir-starrer 3 Idiots (2009). The director said he’d had no clue that she had read for Kareena Kapoor Khan’s part, because her tape had not made it to the final round.
Sharma was a professional model back then. “Elite [the modeling agency that had signed her] had sent me to a casting director, where I read lines from Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003). It didn’t go anywhere,” she says. Sharma had a similar progression with director Zoya Akhtar—she played the lead, opposite Ranveer Singh, in her 2015 family drama, Dil Dhadakne Do, after coming close to and then losing a part in Akhtar’s directorial debut, Luck By Chance, in 2009. “I was one of the final two actors who were shortlisted for Isha Sharvani’s role.”
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