Anuritta Jha, the ‘Aashram‘ girl, loves it if someone writes her name as Anuritta K Jha. “The K in the middle of my full name has a history of numerology and it has worked. Anything that works is fine na?” she poses a question upfront as we settle down for an interview with her for this week’s #HowIMadeIt.

So what has worked, we shoot back? “Well, I got ‘Aashram’ after I introduced the letter K in the middle. It has been the turning point in my career; today the public recognises me on the roads and even if I am wearing a mask, they still know from my eyes that it’s me. And, I also have a film with Imtiaz Ali Productions. It’s every actor’s dream, for that matter, to work with names like Anurag Kashyap (‘Gangs of Wasseypur’), Prakash Jha (‘Aashram’) and Imtiaz Ali.” (See the video interview)

But it hasn’t been a walk in the park for this youngster, who says that what bothers her the most is that she’s been called for roles where girls around 18 and 45 years of age have been eventually cast to do the same part. “Then why call me? It’s so funny sometimes,” says the 34-year old Anuritta. And, she has met a couple of people who she realised are more interested in flirting with her rather than signing her up for a role. Of course, that’s annoying too. But Anuritta, who says that she was hesitant to step into films as she’d heard some scary stories, sends out the right signals that she’s here for work and only work.

Anuritta rewinds, “I didn’t know if I wanted to become an actor, it just happened. I did ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ to begin with, but soon realised that my struggle began in fact after it was released. I didn’t expect that I would have to take my showreel from one office to another. Anyway, it’s better now and I am in a very happy space.”

The ‘Aashram’ girl praises the series’ director Prakash Jha- who has made some fantastic films- like ‘Gangaajal’ and Raajneeti‘ amongst others- and says that he exactly knows what he wants when he’s wielding the megaphone. And, well, she is also doing the next part of ‘Aashram’ whose shooting is expected to get underway soon. “My role is in continuity but it has a zabardast twist to it,” Anuritta signs off, excitedly.


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By vinayak