Sonakshi Sinha on the role that glycerin plays in her life,performance-oriented characters and being a part of the Rs 100 crore club
Ten films in three years. For someone who hadnt even thought of being an actor,is that overwhelming?
Just the other day,I was counting the number of films I have done. Its crazy when I think of how I did it. But I am really proud of myself.
You received lot of flak for doing only commercial films. Do you think your releases this year will change that?
Yes. This year all my films have a lot more in terms of performance. Lootera and Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai Again (OUATIMA) are both performance-oriented roles,where I get the chance to explore different aspects of my acting abilities. But I am mixing it up with commercial films because I love the singing,dancing,romance and action. For that,I have Bullet Raja,Rambo Rajkumar and the remake of Thuppaki.
What is special about Lootera?
When I am offered a script,it is a high for me when I see only myself doing that role. And that happened with Lootera. It has been the most intense story I have been a part of. I can vouch for the fact that a love story like this hasnt been made in the last few years. I had to portray a range of emotions and be part of situations,which I wouldnt ever face in life.
Is your character in Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai Again inspired by a real person?
Not that I know of. For my character,I didnt study anybodys life or conduct any research. I have gone with the directors (Milan Luthria) vision. OUATIMA is a mix of commercial and content-based cinema. The fact that it is based in the 80s also adds to the drama.
You are known for getting along with most of your co-stars and directors. Is it a conscious effort?
I am a reserved person by nature,but if someone makes the effort to talk,then I am friendly. As actors,we do not really get much time outside of our sets. So I believe in having fun at work. This way the atmosphere is chilled and everyone remains happy.
Of your releases so far,which performance would you consider your best?
Son of Sardaar and Dabangg 1 and 2. I think I did a good job in them. Im a spontaneous actor. My best shot is either the first or the second one. However,my favourite film is Rowdy Rathore.
What is the most difficult emotion to portray on screen?
The most difficult thing for me is to cry. I am a shy person,so I cannot do it in front of so many people. But then there is always glycerin. Just put a few drops in your eyes and make the right faces.
Does anyones opinion matter to you when you select your script?
My mom sometimes sits with me during a narration. If she doesnt,then I consult her and my family later. Most importantly,a script has to immediately click or else I will not do it.
Name one contemporary whose career you really appreciate.
I really like Kareena Kapoor. The fact that she has done a variety of roles and stayed put for so long in a competitive industry like ours,speaks volumes of her capability.
You have been a part of four Rs 100 crore films. Does that cement your place in the industry?
I am not getting Rs 100 crore,so it doesnt make a difference personally. What matters is if I am being appreciated for my performances.