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Sonam,Sonakshi ready to shine in Bollywood

Sonakshi has an advantage but with <i>Raanjhanaa</i>,Sonam might get the box office acknowledgment.

Written by Harneet Singh | Mumbai | Published: June 21, 2013 1:16:33 pm

Life cycle of a Bollywood heroine: Who’s That Girl. She’s the Next Big Thing. She has Arrived. She is Over. What a comeback. Retire Please. Now she’s producing a film for herself. Oh she’s a Reality Show judge now. Married. comeback Again. Whatever. Going by the trends,currently Deepika Padukone has reached the third stage. When your publicity machinery drums up stories that Karan Johar,Mani Ratnam and Imtiaz Ali are all waiting on you to sign their movies,it’s a banner headline for an actress who’s the flavour of the season. While we wait to hear which filmmaker Deepika eventually opts for,two of her contemporaries are slowly inching closer to her on the podium.

It’s just a matter of time before Sonam Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha claim their moment to shine. The buzz surrounding their latest releases — Raanjhanaa and Lootera is deafening. Musically both the albums are at par. On some days,you will fall in love with Amit Trivedi’s melodious Lootera charm while the very next day,chances are you will wake up with AR Rahman’s soulfully rich beats of Raanjhanaa.

Although they’ve never been pitted against each other,Sonam and Sonakshi have a few things in common. Other than their star kid status,both girls fought a tough physical battle to drop all the excess weight they were carrying in order to become Hindi film heroines. Salman Khan is also another common factor. Sonam and Sonakshi made their debut opposite the Blockbuster Khan in Saawariya and Dabangg,respectively.

While their career has taken diverse routes since then — Sonakshi has followed the Katrina Kaif template of ‘the big star formula’ and Sonam has made more artistically inclined choices — filmmakers believe they ace roles where they are required to be real and natural. in Sonam’s case,even though she has crafted the fashionista image superbly,it’s when she’s simple that she’s simply flawless. In the overall tally,Sonakshi has an advantage but with Raanjhanaa,Sonam might get the box office acknowledgment that’s eluded her. There’s not a wrong note in her performance even though it’s a Dhanush showcase through and through (who by the way is brilliant). Sonakshi meanwhile is waiting to really own a role. It looks like Lootera will get her there. Game on,then.

harneet.singh@expressindia.com

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