Anushka is a huge fan of Bhardwaj's films like 'Maqbool' and 'Omkara' so the film, which also stars Imran Khan and Pankaj Kapoor, was a wish fulfillment.
"He has a completely different perspective which is not the usual or cliche and he has been on my top directors list. Vishal sir is a very knowledgeable man and well read. Working with him has been really interesting and a learning curve for me," Anushka told PTI.
The 24-year-old star plays the character of a girl who is not very expressive when it comes to her emotions. Anushka says she had an unusual meeting with Vishal before getting the role.
"He just called me one day saying he had a role for me. I met him some days later and he narrated the script to me and it was so hilarious that I fell off my chair and I was aware that he did not know me that well. I thought he would think something was wrong with me," says Anushka.
Though the film is set in a fictional town of Haryana, Anushka says she portrays a modern chracter. "I play Bijli in the film which is based in a fictional town of Haryana called Mandola. It is also the name of Pankaj Kapoor's character, who is my father in the film. His daughter is well educated. She comes back and gets involved in the politics and the relationships of the small town.
"But as a character she is not very expressive about her emotions and she is in denial about whatever she is feeling.
She paints this really happy, almost a bit too happy picture. Playing this role was quite a journey
Anushka Sharma was born to an army based family in Bangalore. Her father is a highly ranked Army Officer and her mother is a housewife. She has one elder brother who was a state-level cricketer and is now in the Merchant Navy. She studied in Army School and then excelled to achieve a graduation specialized in arts from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. She is currently studying for a degree in economics at Mount Carmel, which she is completing through correspondence.
When she was doing Modelling her pictures reached the casting directors of Aditya Chopra's Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and she was called in for an audition. After a few more auditions, she was officially cast for the female lead, Taani. On her portrayal of this character in her debut film, Anushka has been described by viewers as delivering a confident performance likened to that of a veteran actress and standing out even against her co-star, Shahrukh Khan.
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi did well at the box office. After this debut film she was seen opposite Ranveer Singh in Band Baaja Baarat. She had signed a contract with Yash Raj Films for doing three films under their banner.
On 2009 she did Patiala House with Akshay Kumar which did an average business at the box office.
Presently she is busy filming with Ranveer Singh and Maneesh Sharma for Yashraj Films's 2011 release Ladies vs Ricky Bahl.