With one more hit (Holiday...) on her CV, a film (Lingaa) opposite South superstar Rajinikanth and a romantic period drama opposite Hrithik Roshan, actor Sonakshi Sinha who just turned 27, is on a song. A quick chat with the young gun on her success, the repercussions of being Beti No 1 and why there is no downside to acting in the movies
One of the qualities that has always separated actress Sonakshi Sinha from the rest of the showbiz girls is confidence, a certain comfortable-in-my-skin/size kind of ease, if you will. It was evident since her debut film Dabangg, and continues to be among her admired qualities. With more than 12 films (released and unreleased) in her four-year career, most of them stamped with that coveted tag of “hit”, the young actress who just turned 27 with her diligence and discipline, is in a good space.
Among other prestigious assignments, she has bagged are a film opposite Rajinikanth and Ashutosh Gowariker’s period love story, Mohenjo- Daro with Hrithik Roshan. Even detractors who once called her a one-note actor were impressed by her bravura performance as a tuberculosis and asthma afflicted zamindar’s daughter in Vikramaditya Motwane’s period drama, Lootera.
We meet soon after the release of her film Holiday A Soldier is Never Off Duty with Akshay Kumar and Sinha, no stranger to a mixed verdict—the box-office tally suggested a hit, but the reviews had not been particularly flattering—was her unflappable self. In the midst of shooting for a hair oil brand, she cheerfully conversed about life in the film industry and why she would not exchange it for anything else in the world.
Sonakshi, a lot of actresses say that they never pitch themselves for a role while others refuse to wait for the phone to ring; what’s your approach? Do you read scripts yourself or do you go with someone else’s judgment?
* People know who I am, what I am capable of, what I am all about and if they feel I suit a role, they approach me directly. I read the script, go through it and try to understand if it’s a character that I suit, whether I am capable of doing it. I need to feel very instinctively about it. I need to laugh, cry, react to it at a script level.
You have paired with several action heroes—Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan, but have played a passive bystander