After giving impressive performances last year in projects like ‘Ghar Waapasi’ and ‘Thar’, Anushka Kaushik is all set to enthrall the audience this year with some more amazing work in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s ‘Garmi’ and Arbaaz Khan Production ‘Patna Shukla’. She recently wrapped up the shooting of the latter and now she is utilising her break to hone some new skills.
To make the best use of her break from her hectic work schedule, Anushka has taken up Wing-Chu, a martial art form designed by a female monk and this technique is basically for women’s self-defence. Learning this form has made the actress realise it’s importance in life. Anushka says, “I genuinely feel that like craft and other curriculum activities, martial arts should also be included in school syllabus and made compulsory. It’s not only important for girls but also boys. The government and school authorities should bring the topic up because when we talk about issues like crime and how we are not being able to put an end to it, in such cases, we need to empower our kids, so that while facing any sort of sexual or physical harassment, they are able to fight with it.”
Wing Chu art form focuses more on technique than strength and Anushka is learning how to use her body in times of need through it “When we are fighting, the person who has got more strength has more chances to win it but when you know the techniques properly, there are chances of you winning. If you know the technique, then even if you are thinner or a person who doesn’t have that much strength or even if you are 50-60 years old, then you can win the fight with the right knowledge.”
However, Anushka feels sad that not many women are learning these kind of defence techniques, which can actually come to their aid in dire times. She informs, “Sadly, in my class, there is only one woman learning the martial art form and training, and that’s me. Parents in our country need to empower their daughters and sons to get such physical training. Learning it myself has helped me realise it.” Anushka is indeed focusing on her all round growth, and apart from the screen, she is proving to be an inspiration in real life too!