You have three films releasing in as many months — Action Jackson, the Tamil movie Lingaa and Tevar.
Yes, which is why I have taken a break from shooting till January-end so I can promote all three films. It’s going to be hectic but I don’t mind the audience interactions. I love the way they are too shy or nervous to talk sometimes. At other times, they just ask me to show them a step from a song I have danced in my film.
Your songs are often a hit for the energetic dancing. The latest are Keeda from Action Jackson and Radha from Tevar. Did you always love dancing?
Always. When I was younger, I was a shy dancer. I would quietly copy and rehearse filmy dance moves in my room. I would dress like Sridevi and shake a leg to Hawa hawaai. I would discreetly enter dance competitions at every birthday party and sulk in a corner when I would not win. I would enroll in the dance summer camps but stick to the last row, although I wanted to be in the front. I would really give my all to dancing but no one ever gave me a prize, I don’t know why. That is why, now that I have the opportunity, I go crazy dancing to the songs in my films.
What made you shed your inhibition?
My second film (Rowdy Rathore) was with Prabhudheva who taught me how to dance like no one is watching. And I haven’t stopped dancing since. It’s the best thing to have happened to me. My hair would be all over my face but he would ask me to not bother. I must be the only Hindi film heroine whose face is invisible under her locks the entire duration of a song. I am
Like Prabhudheva’s films, your films very often look the same as do your characters.
I do the films I do because I like to watch them as an audience. I am not here trying to prove a point to anybody and no one says I cannot act. I believe it’s okay to enjoy a certain genre and want to be part of it.
Then, why did you do Lootera?
I felt very strongly about it. Also because, people told me I should not do it and would not be able to do it. It was the fifth film offered to me. When Vikramaditya Motwane (director of Lootera) came to me one afternoon, I liked the script he narrated. Soon after he left, people sat around me and told me I was too young to play the character. I called Vikramaditya that night and said I’ll do Lootera. But then the film didn’t do well, which brings me back to the point that people want to watch happy films.
What do you take back from these clone-like films?
They appear similar because they subscribe to the same genre, which is okay with me. Also, however similar they may seem, each film is different for its character, story and style of filming. My next, for instance, is AR Murugadoss’s woman-centric action film where I get to do my stunts. So I get to learn something new every day and most importantly, enjoy myself at work. The day that stops, I’ll quit this circus.
Every time there’s news of your link-up with a co-actor and eventual break-up, it’s said your father Shatrughan Sinha’s disapproval is the reason.
I don’t know how the media’s got this idea that my father is a tyrant when he is such a soft-y. He is such a space cadet about all this. He doesn’t even ask me about my personal life when he reads the gossip items in the papers. He just ignores them.