Anushka Sharma’s ‘Zero’ Performance Slammed by Critics but Hubby Virat Kohli Loves it
Virat Kohli things Anushka Sharma’s performance as a scientist with cerebral palsy is ‘outstanding’
Wish all women had supportive husbands like Virat Kohli! The ace cricketer does not miss any of his wife’s movies and makes it a point to encourage her on social media. The latest movie that he has watched and loved is Zero, co-starring Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif that released a couple of days ago. The film has come under severe criticism from critics most of who have given it two stars or less.
But Virat has clearly liked it and more importantly, loves his wife in it. In a tweet, he said, “Saw @Zero21Dec and loved the entertainment it brought. I enjoyed myself. Everyone played their parts well. Loved @AnushkaSharma performance because I felt it was a very challenging role and she was outstanding.”
Saw @Zero21Dec and loved the entertainment it brought. I enjoyed myself. Everyone played their parts well. Loved @AnushkaSharma performance because I felt it was a very challenging role and she was outstanding.— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 23, 2018
This is all very sweet but unfortunately, Anushka, otherwise a competent actress whose performance in films like Sui Dhaaga, NH10 etc has been praised a lot, has come in for criticism for the way she portrayed her character Aafiya, a scientist with cerebral palsy. Noted critic Anupama Chopra said in her review, “Anushka Sharma’s inconsistent and clumsy rendition of cerebral palsy doesn’t help either – for a far better take, see Kalki Koechlin in Margarita with a Straw.”
Rajeev Masand, another widely-followed critic also found her performance clumsy. “Anushka, who can usually be trusted to deliver a competent performance, strains to portray Afiya’s condition convincingly. I don’t claim to be an expert on palsy but the acting is awkward and seldom consistent, and watching it made me cringe.”
Interestingly, Katrina Kaif’s acting chops have been unanimously praised. In her role as an alcoholic, heartbroken actress, Katrina has given probably her career-best performance, say critics. “
But like Virat, there were other fans of Anushka as well. Raja Sen was full of praise for her. “Sharma infuses a sense of pride into her character, a scientist who has given her heart away, and only lets her vulnerability slip out in glances: in the way she looks at Khan when cradling his face, say, or the way she desperately laughs in order to prod happiness out of her distraught father. Her speech patterns are a bit inconsistent, but one can’t doubt Sharma’s commitment to the part.”
The Aanand Rai directed film has had a low opening at the box office. The reviews and opinions on social media have been particularly scathing. It remains to be seen if the film can pick up at the ticket windows in the Christmas holidays period.