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Sanya Malhotra reveals Shah Rukh Khan’s advice during Jawan also helped her in Vicky Kaushal’s Sam Bahadur: ‘Dil ki suna kar’

Actor Sanya Malhotra, who considers Shah Rukh Khan her screen idol, pauses when she thinks what possibly from the treasure trove of her experience with the superstar she can share publicly. “A lot of things he told me during Jawan were so personal to me, that I feel like I should hold on to them for the rest of my life,” the actor adds.

Sanya is currently riding on the glory of her latest Jawan, which is headlined by Shah Rukh Khan. The Atlee directorial is on its way to emerge as the highest grossing Hindi film of all time.

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But beyond the flamboyance of box office records, Sanya tells Indianexpress.com that a lot of her learnings from Jawan and especially watching Shah Rukh perform so closely have altered her career.  It ought to, the actor confesses, because “I was getting tips from Shah Rukh sir himself.”

“He told me, ‘Dimaag zyada lagati hai tu! Dil ki suna kar (You think a lot, try listening to your heart).’ I am an overthinker, so this is not the first time someone was telling me this!” Sanya says and recalls getting a similar advice from filmmaker Anurag Basu when she worked with him in Ludo.

“I think Shah Rukh sir also sensed that and told me. He told me after we shot for a scene, that I should listen to my heart not my mind. That piece of information touched me, changed me.”

Sanya felt the transformation almost instantly, when she landed on the sets of Meghna Gulzar’s Sam Bahadur. The biopic based on the life of India’s first field marshal, Sam Manekshaw, stars Vicky Kaushal and Fatima Sana Shaikh.

“From there I went to Sam Bahadur set and it stayed with me. I was completely living that moment as a character on the set. Shah Rukh sir’s advice kept playing in my head: ‘Dil ki suno, dimag ki nahi, relax karo.’

“That was really helpful, especially coming from someone like him. Not just for acting, for life. You can see it in him as well, that he does what his heart desires, that’s evident in his work and personality. His voice now keeps playing whenever I am in front of the camera.”

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Post Dangal phase

Jawan, in a lot of sense, opened up Sanya Malhotra. The actor says she has now started enjoying promotions, which wasn’t the case earlier. Sanya, who started her career with Aamir Khan’s Dangal, said she used to be “very harsh” on herself.

“Post Dangal there were so many films where I was judging my performances, stressed about why did I do that. I was never stressed about numbers. But Jawan feels like a festival.  When I was watching it, I knew this was something massive, all of us did. I just didn’t get up and dance at the cast and crew screening–but I did the next day when I saw it at Gaiety Galaxy,” she adds.

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Sam Bahadur is gearing up for a theatrical release on December 1, where it will have a box office face off with Ranbir Kapoor’s Animal, which is directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga.

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