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Sonakshi Sinha on body-shaming, diets, food faves and love for nail paints

Actress Sonakshi Sinha never had it easy in the glamorous but ruthless film industry. Yet, she persevered with a positive attitude, an upward style graph, and is now even equipped with some Mixed Martial Arts moves to tackle persistent cyberbullies (pun intended!).

Written by Deekshita Baruah | New Delhi |
Updated: May 20, 2016 4:27:48 pm
Sonakshi Sinha believes in doing everything for the right reasons. (Photo: Instagram/Sonakshi Sinha) Sonakshi Sinha believes in doing everything for the right reasons. (Photo: Instagram/Sonakshi Sinha)

The first recollection of Sonakshi Sinha is of a coy yet feisty, young girl fighting Salman Khan’s attention and later serenading him in Dabangg. The actress, who made a mark in Bollywood with her first film, valiantly fought criticism from all quarters, and still continues to do so once in a while. But the trolling has reduced considerably, as well as the negative reports. The lady has come a long way from the days of body-shaming too. Today, she is in a happier space, not giving two hoots about what the world has to say, especially in an age of glamorous photocalls and red carpet appearances, where heroines are expected to look and behave in a certain way. Not that she doesn’t doll-up at times but for the actress comfort comes first.

In an email interview with IndianExpress.com, the actress talks about how Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has made her stronger, on the importance of being healthy, her love for Thai green chicken curry, and nail paints.

There’s a lot of buzz around your upcoming film Akira. You have mentioned that you had to learn MMA for it. What all did you go through physically for this film?
A lot of training, a lot of physical pain, some wear and tear, injuries and some great learning.

(Also read: This is the fittest I have ever been in my life and I feel good: Parineeti Chopra)

We believe that you had to undergo a different diet too. Tell us about it.
I always follow a diet that I can follow. There’s no point in making things so difficult that you can’t stick to them. I try and eat small meals at regular intervals to keep my metabolism going.

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Such intensive training leaves an impact, even if it’s for a short period. What difference did it make to you?
It does. It made me stronger, more agile and really tough. It also showed me how to bounce back after any injuries and to take care of myself.

You have always stood up against body-shamers. Now that you look more fit, is your reaction any different?
It makes me feel healthy and active, that’s all, I have never believed that you have to be a certain size to feel good about yourself, you just need to feel confident, to feel good about yourself… It’s important to be healthy. I urge the youth to look after themselves only from a health perspective. Everything should be done for the right reasons.

(Also read: We make exercise way too complicated. Here’s how to get it right)

An industry like Bollywood is very mentally challenging. Last year, Deepika Padukone spoke about her fight against depression. How do you keep yourself mentally strong?
Well, I don’t take anything too seriously, with God’s grace I have been blessed. I have all the basics one needs to survive and I am content. Having said that, I strongly feel having your family around definitely helps. They are always there to support you, guide you during tough times and help you while making difficult decisions. Moreover, I have always been a very positive person.

Sonakshi Sinha's being trolled for her dressing sense in the past. The actress now likes to experiment with her looks. Sonakshi Sinha’s being trolled for her dressing sense in the past. The actress now likes to experiment with her looks.

Your sense of style has changed considerably in the last few years. Now, we get to see much more of sleek and edgy designs in your wardrobe. How did you work it out?
It was my friend Sakshi Mehra, who was also my stylist, helped me change my dressing style. She urged me to try different trends, cooler looks and get out of my comfort zone. Now, I enjoy trying different looks and presenting myself in never seen before styles.

You became a Guinness World Records title-holder, along with several other women, for the ‘most people painting their fingernails simultaneously’. Are you personally fond of nail paints?
Yes, I love nail paints and I always try to coordinate my nail paint with my outfit whenever possible. I love trying funky and metallic colours and am very fond of nail art.

What’s your morning beauty routine like? And the one thing that you do religiously for haircare and skincare?
Nothing! Thanks to my mom, I am blessed with great skin. I do oil my hair regularly because of all the styling tools used for hair styling and the stress it goes through daily.

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