Post success of `Band..`, I`m seen as a bankable actor: Anushka

Updated: Jan 23, 2011, 21:04 PM IST

Mumbai: Anushka Sharma may just be three films old in Bollywood but after the success of `Band Baaja Baarat`, the actress says that the industry now looks at her as a bankable actor.

The 24-year-old who has till now only been seen in movies by the Yash Raj banner, is eyeing a fourth hit with her upcoming film `Patiala House`, directed by Nikhil Advani.

"After `Band Baaja Baarat` people are looking at me differently. I am seen in a new light. Now, I am seen as a bankable actor. There are lot of good things and lot of appreciation coming my way. I am feeling comfortable right now in the industry," Anuska told reporters.

The actress has given three back-to-back hits right from her debut film `Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi` to `Badmash Company` and `Band Baaja Baarat`. And in `Patiala House` she is paired opposite Akshay Kumar.

"It feels great to me that all my three films have been liked by the audience. I am looking forward to the release of `Patiala House`and I hope it becomes a hit. Post the success of BBB I have got lot of offers but I am very choosy about the film. I do only things that excite me," Anushka said.

`Patiala House` shows how a second-generation Sikh Guttu (Akshay Kumar) and his siblings in London held back their dreams, in love and respect for their authoritarian father (Rishi Kapoor) until Guttu meets Simran (Anushka) who gives him the strength to stand up to fulfil his dream. The film is about generation gap and chasing dreams.

When asked did she face any objection and pressure from her parents in real life, the 22-year-old actress, said, "I never felt any pressure from my family. I wanted to become a model and my parents were OK with it. Then I wanted to become an actor and my parents were OK with it as well. I never felt any parental pressure...that way I have been lucky." On her role, Anushka says, "I essay the character of Simran, a girl based in London. Primarily the film is about a son and a father. It is about their conflict. But my role is very significant. It is that of being a catalyst..it brings about a change. She is such a strong girl."

The film is set to release on February 11.

PTI