October 20, 2012|
She’s spent barely two years in the industry but she’s already found her foothold as an actress. Sonakshi Sinha, who has two films that have crossed the magical Rs 100-crore mark, is all charged up for her next release this Diwali in Son Of Sardaar. Here she is in conversation with Soumita Sengupta…
Is your role in the film different from the ones you have played earlier?
Completely! In Dabangg, I played a very serious character but in Rowdy Rathore, it was a mix of serious and funny. Son Of Sardaar (SOS) is an out-and-out comedy film. The character I play is loud, colourful and vibrant and she talks like a Sikhni.
Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and now Ajay Devgn. Do you plan to work only with big names?
(Laughs) It’s just happened that way. And am lucky to have worked with blockbuster heroes, who have been ruling the box office for such a long time. You cannot predict if a film will become a blockbuster or not. When I signed Dabangg, I didn’t know it would become such a super hit. It was the same with Rowdy Rathore.
Whom do you consult while deciding on a script?
My family. I always consult them about a script or a director who has approached me. I would be stupid not to consult my father who has worked in this industry for so long. My mom also attends narrations with me. But, at the end of the day, the decision is mine…
… anyone outside your family?
I sometimes consult Salim uncle. He is like an encyclopaedia! Since he is a writer and has delivered so many blockbusters, he understands today’s cinema very well.
What is different about you in Dabangg 2?
I am married in Dabangg 2, and there is more comic timing and action. There are some new cast members that will be different.
What’s in the pipeline?
Well, I didn’t have a release for almost two years after Dabangg but now I have many films lined up. I have almost finished Dabangg 2 and Lootera, and have completed one schedule of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again, where I am playing a Muslim girl. Then I have Bullet Raja with Saif Ali Khan. I also have Prabhudheva’s next Namak with Shahid Kapoor.
On Her Co-Actors
Salman Khan: In spite of being such a big star, he is very down-to-earth. He does what he wants; he is like the boy next door, very chilled out. He never flaunts his success. He wants his fans to enjoy his films and he always thinks that his films should be for a family audience.
On Her Directors
Abhinav Kashyap: I made my debut with Dabangg, so I owe my success to him. But I will say that he didn’t look like a first-time director to me during Dabangg. He is very clear about what he wants.
Arbaaz Khan: He is very chilled out and is an amazingly talented director. I am very comfortable working with him because I have known him for a long time. With Dabangg 2, you will see the other side of Arbaaz.
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