Anushka plays a scientist with cerebral palsy in Zero


Shah Rukh Khan’s Zero is undoubtedly one of the most awaited films of the year. If the buzz is anything to go by, the film is all everyone can talk about and for all the right reasons. The trailer had shattered many records on the social media and had garnered over 100 million views. Like that was not enough the makers have been dropping bombs songs to keep the audiences hooked and clearly, it has worked. What has fans even more excited is the fact that SRK is coming back with this Jab Tak Hai Jaan co-stars Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaifand it seems like an entertaining ride. That’s right, King Khan is not the only one who will offer a spectacle like nerve before. Both Anushka and Katrina are playing fine characters. While Katrina will be seen portraying Babita Kumari, an actress with a drinking problem, Anushka is playing a differently-abled scientist with cerebral palsy, Aafia Bhinder. Probably the most challenging character Anushka has played till date.

And it’s not the fan-mania speaking. Anushka has herself confessed that it was interesting for her to sink her teeth into her character. In a recent sit down with us, the actress spoke about the same and shared, “I think first I was very excited that I was getting to play this character that is going to challenge me as an actor. You’re always looking to do something like that.” Later on, when quizzed about the difficulties she faced during the shoot, both physically and otherwise, she said, “First and foremost, I had to understand what this character entails. What limitations would I have to face physically according to cerebral palsy that my character has and also from the perspective of the effect that it would have on my speech and on my breath.”

She also went on to reveal that she met up and coached under doctors to get the diction right. She added, “Because of the condition, she has a certain spasm, like a tick that happens on the face and because of that it also alters her speech and how she sounds. And a certain movement in the body and it’s a movement that’s happening naturally for her, but I had to create it on my own. It was very difficult to do. Once I understood all of this, I was working very closely with occupational therapists and audiologists, had lots of meetings with doctors to understand what’s it going to be like for somebody who has cerebral palsy. And I prepped for 3 months and tried my best.” Coming back to film, it has been directed by Aanand L Rai and is ready to release on December 21.

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