She maybe getting rave reviews
for her moving performance in Vikramaditya Motwane's Lootera
but Sonakshi Sinha says she was warned by many against doing
the period film so early in her career.
Sonakshi started her career with Dabangg and went on to
star in masala movies Rowdy Rathore, Dabangg 2 and Son Of
The story of unrequited love, set in the era of 1950s,
came as a nice challenge for Sonakshi. She plays a pampered
but devoted daughter of a Bengali zamindaar who falls in love
with a stranger with dubious past.
"After Dabangg people saw me in a particular kind of
cinema. I heard comments like 'This is too early in your
career', 'You may not be able to pull it off', 'You need to be
mature for something like this'.
"I was irritated and decided to prove everyone wrong. I
tried doing something experimental and I am happy that I was
able to carry it off," Sonakshi told PTI in an interview.
The actress credits Motwane for bringing out the best in
her and feels without him it would have been impossible to do
the role of Pakhi.
"It is my most challenging role till date. Because it is
set in the 1950s, an era I know nothing about. I have just
gone by pure instinct and Vikram's direction. He is a
tremendous director, I could not have done it without him. I
am so glad that the first opportunity where I got to showcase
my range as an actor was with Vikram," Sonakshi said.
It is another busy year for Sonakshi. After Lootera,
she is looking forward to three more releases - Once Upon a
Time In Mumbaai Dobara, Bullet Raja and Rambo Rajkumar.
The actress says her mantra is to do work quietly and not
make much noise about it.
"I believe in doing my work quietly and not make a big
hullabaloo about it. That is how I operate. I don't see any
other reason to be visible for, I like it when people talk
about my work, that is what I am here for.
"There is no point being visible for other things like
going for events, parties. I have never spoken about who I am
dating, what I am doing behind the scenes. So that is how I
want it to be," Sonakshi said.
She insists there is a normal life behind her stardom,
which she very much cherishes.
"Coming from a filmy background I have seen everything
growing up, but even at that point of time it never really
fascinated me. I did not like going to my dad's shoots. We
were taught not to get carried away with it from a very young
"The upbringing has been very strong, rooted. My mother
gave up her career bringing us up and she has played a very
important role in keeping us grounded. Even now I don't take
my work home, my stardom home. It ends where it is supposed to
end. There is a life beyond stardom and its a very normal life
which i cherish. I anyway don't handle attention very well,"
There is constant attention on her figure but Sonakshi
says it does not bother her anymore. She has decided not to
answer questions related to the topic.
"It is a non-issue to me. I am very happy doing work and
lot of work... Probably more than the skinny-minnies. I am
going to take a stand in my life by not talking about it, stop
answering questions so that people stop writing about it.