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Anushka Sharma 'got drunk for Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola scene'

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Anushka Sharma reportedly got drunk for a scene in Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola.

The tee-total actress, who was required to shoot a drunken scene with veteran actor Pankaj Kapur, was said to be so intimidated by the prospect that she got drunk during rehearsals.

According to The Hindustan Times, a source said: "Anushka was fretting over the scene because Pankaj is a seasoned actor.

"Someone suggested that she get a drink just to know what it feels like, so she did. And while rehearsing with a unit member on location in Chandigarh, she ended up having half a bottle of vodka.

"She got a little high too, but didn't realise it and went off to her hotel to sleep. The next day, she had a bad hangover and slept till late into the afternoon. As a result, the scene - which was to be shot that afternoon - couldn't be completed, and was pushed to the next afternoon.



"Anushka was very apologetic when she met Vishal (Bhardwaj) and Pankaj the next day, but they think highly of her and were impressed by her dedication. In fact, the entire unit was impressed that she went to such lengths for one scene."

Sharma is said to have later shot the scene in one take without being under the influence of alcohol.

Sharma won accolades for her performance as the vivacious Akira in Yash Chopra's Jab Tak Hain Jaan and has been described as "the most talented actress of her generation".

The 24-year-old actress, who made her debut with Shah Rukh Khan in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, said that she has been "very choosy" about her roles.

A rustic comedy written and directed by Vishal Bhardwaj and starring Imran Khan, Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola releases on January 11.

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