Anushka Sharma being signed by Yash Chopra for his next with Shah Rukh Khan has spelled good news for the actress in more ways than one. Not just has this proved to be a testimony of her acting skills and popularity, what with the ‘mogul of romance’ trusting her to do the job, she has also made huge leaps in covering over half the distance that YRF‘s ‘ghar ki heroine’ Rani Mukerjee has over the years.
“Incidentally, while it took Rani Mukerjee seven years to cover the distance between Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2002) and Dil Bole Hadippa (2009) during which she did nine films with them, it would be Anushka’s fifth film with Chopras inside four years when her Shah Rukh starrer would release next Diwali”, informs a trade follower.
So while Rani has done Dil Bole Hadippa!, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, Ta Ra Rum Pum, Bunty Aur Babli, Veer Zaara, Hum Tum, Saathiya and Mujhse Dosti Karoge with Chopras, Anushka has already featured in their Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Badmaash Company and Band Baaja Baaraat and is currently shooting for Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl. Incidentally, while for Rani it is still a 50-50 record commercially when it comes to aforementioned films, Anushka has been enjoying a 100% success rate.
“Not much should be read about any rivalry per se since there is an entire generation gap between the two actresses. Also, there is no competition expected either since both actresses are playing in different leagues. Still, one can’t ignore the fact that Anushka is clearly Chopras’ blue eyed girl now. Before her it was only Rani who was so privileged to be working with them film after film”, comments a source.
This can be pretty much evidenced from the fact that while A-league actresses like Kareena Kapoor (Tashan, Mujhse Dosti Karoge), Katrina Kaif (New York, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan), Deepika Padukone (Lafangey Parindey, Bachna Ae Haseeno), Preity Zinta (Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, Salaam Namaste, Veer Zaara) and Bipasha Basu (Dhoom 2, Bachna Ae Haseeno) have done only 2-3 films each with Chopras, Anushka has clearly gone miles ahead by already working on her fifth with them. And that, when there is no more a contract binding Anushka and Chopras together, especially after her three film deal ended last year with Band Baaja Baaraat).
“I have always stated that there was never a contract binding us”, Anushka had said in an earlier conversation after signing Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl, “Chopras are my parents in this industry and when it comes to doing films with them, I won’t be counting numbers of looking at a contract. They have been my mentors and I would love to continue working in films with them.”
Well, as long as Rani doesn’t mind that.