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Virat Kohli Opens Up About His Public Scrutiny

The Padma Shri awardee cherishes being a part of the winning team during the World Cup in 2011, describing it as an "amazing experience".

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From the time he was dating actress Anushka Sharma to his wedding in Italy and even now -- months after the two tied the knot -- prying paparazzi and public scrutiny of Virat Kohli's life has not stopped. India's cricket captain and the icon of the country's youth says it can get uncomfortable, but he is learning to deal with it.
Virat Kohli is not happy with the day to day screening of his life, wikimedia commons

From the time he was dating actress Anushka Sharma to his wedding in Italy and even now — months after the two tied the knot — prying paparazzi and public scrutiny of Virat Kohli’s life has not stopped. India’s cricket captain and the icon of the country’s youth says it can get uncomfortable, but he is learning to deal with it.

Virat and Anushka, fondly called “Virushka” by their fans, dated for four years before tying the knot in an intimate affair in Tuscany, Italy, last December.

With celebrity status comes the baggage of being under the scanner all the time. Does he find it easy?

“The constant public scrutiny about my personal life can become a bit uncomfortable at times. However, I have learnt how to handle it. Celebrities are also normal human beings — just like any other person, and I feel people should let them have their space,” Kohli told IANS in an e-mail interview.

The 29-year-old Indian cricket team captain, who endorses multiple brands including Puma, says he keeps a good balance between his personal and professional lives despite his chock-a-block schedules.

“I keep a good balance between my personal and professional life. When I am with family, I try to completely switch off from cricket. I try to catch up with friends, watch a movie or go out for a drive. I like spending time with my dog,” he said.

However, he said when he is on a tour for cricket, he puts his “mind and heart into the next game”.

Celebrities are also normal human beings -- just like any other person, and I feel people should let them have their space," Kohli told IANS in an e-mail interview.
Virat and Anushka Sharma at an event, wikimedia commons

“It includes regular training for fitness and skills,” added the Delhi boy, who represented the city’s cricket team at several age-group levels before making his India team debut in 2006.

On his journey from domestic cricket to becoming India captain, Kohli told IANS: “It has been an incredible journey. I come from a humble background, and my journey towards where I am today started from a colony in West Delhi.

“The road to success was not easy and I have learnt to face challenges head on. I have come through the ranks of junior cricket, making my way to Ranji trophy and then the Indian team.”

The Padma Shri awardee cherishes being a part of the winning team during the World Cup in 2011, describing it as an “amazing experience”.

Kohli, who made his ODI debut for India against Sri Lanka at the age of 19, asserted that it was always his dream to represent India.

“From the very first day, my goal has been to play for my country, and this brings me immense pride. Standing on the cricket pitch, and seeing your countrymen cheer for you, is a happy feeling, and I enjoy every moment of it,” said the India team skipper, who also won the Arjuna Award in 2013.

With biopics on cricketers like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev gaining popularity in Bollywood, does he foresee a movie on his life?

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“It is not something I have thought about a lot. And if there’s one ever made, I feel it will be more of a real account of my life than a biopic,” said the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper, who has launched the first performance footwear from the brand One8 for Puma.

Kohli says with One8, he wants to make sports products better.

“My experience of playing the sport at the highest level helps me provide inputs to create superior products.”

He says it’s a shoe created for cricket enthusiasts and players alike as they are light and adaptive, designed in a way to enhance performance.

 

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Actress Anushka Sharma Acknowledges Shah Rukh Khan As The Most Giving Artist She Has Worked With

She thanked the team, including actress Katrina Kaif, for making "a dream turn into a beautiful reality"

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Anushka Sharma
Anushka Sharma (Wikimedia Commons)

‘Zero’ is actress Anushka Sharma’s fourth film with Shah Rukh Khan. She says he is the most giving artiste and that she has done some of her most challenging roles with him.

In a social media post on Thursday, Anushka recounted the “beautiful coincidence” that ‘Zero’ is for her.

“I realised this very recently and I had to put it out. I started my career with you Shah Rukh and it’s really beautiful that on my tenth anniversary as an actor, we are releasing our fourth film together,” Anushka wrote.

The actress had started her film career with Shah Rukh-starrer ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’ and has featured with him in ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ and ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’.

In a message to SRK, she said: “I would like to say that you are the most giving actor that I have worked with. It is strange and beautiful that I have done some of my most challenging works with you.

Anushka Sharma
SRK is most giving actor I’ve worked with: Anushka Sharma. Wikimedia Commons

“In the journey of our four films, I have seen myself grow and I have seen you being there and showing the same enthusiasm and support for me to shine.”

‘Zero’ is directed by Aanand L. Rai, writer Himanshu Sharma and actor-producer Shah Rukh. In the film, releasing on Friday, Anushka essays a woman with cerebral palsy.

“It is incredible that they have dared to dream, dared to think that they can create something so spectacularly new. It is one of my most challenging roles and thank you Aanand L. Rai for believing in me, for letting me create Aafia on screen.”

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On her character, Anushka said: “She is an embodiment of strength, happiness, resolve and love and I am so proud to present this incredible person to you. I wish this world had more people like Aafia.”

She thanked the team, including actress Katrina Kaif, for making “a dream turn into a beautiful reality”. (IANS)