Sonakshi Sinha has completed seven years in Bollywood as an actor. She says her decisions of signing projects have been “purely instinctive”. The actor now aims to push the envelope and experiment with various roles in her upcoming movies. Excerpts from an interview.
Has your criterion of signing films changed over the time?
I am looking to do roles that challenge me in ways, that I have not been pushed and challenged before. I don’t regret any of the choices I have made. The kind of reach that I have today is because of the kind of films I’ve done. Honestly, I’ve never been under any kind of pressure. I’ve always done things on my terms and conditions.
Do you ever consult your father while signing projects?
There is always a discussion about the kind of films I am doing or the kinds I’d like to be a part of. Sometimes, these are dinner time conversations. I value his opinions as he has been in the industry for many years. His experience is vast and wide. I can always use that to my advantage. I value what he says.
Your father is also a politician, and you’ve always been vocal about social issues. Do you intend to join politics?
No, for that (to become a politician) you need to be diplomatic. I don’t think I will be able to [remain diplomatic] (laughs). As a citizen of the country, I do have my opinion of what is going on. I am aware of what is going on. However, I don’t think that’s enough for me to be a politician; nor even the fact that my dad is a politician, so I should be one.
What kind of films do you enjoy as an audience?
I enjoy action films and comedies. A lot of no-brainers have been entertaining. And a lot of films that were meant to be entertaining were not. It depends on the film as well. I am open to watching different kinds of cinema. It just has to strike the right chord. I don’t watch a film as an actor or as someone who is connected with the industry. I’ve always watched movies as an audience. If a trailer doesn’t excite me, I won’t watch the film. I am not someone who is critical and finicky.
You play a writer in your next film. What’s your take on the Indian media and yellow journalism?
The less I say the better, I really have a lot to say but I won’t. But I do feel they could a bit more responsible, especially while talking about people’s lives.
What’s your idea of a perfect man?
My ideal guy is someone who would understand me and is supportive of what I do. He has to have a great sense of humour, and he has to be tall.
And what kind of men put you off?
Someone who is obnoxiously loud, and has a habit of showing off.
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Apart from acting, and singing, what are you other interests?
I like to paint and sketch.
How do you like to spend your day when you’re not shooting?
I like to vegetate (laughs). May be watch TV or spend time with friends.
What are your favourite TV shows?
I watch Suits. It’s an intelligent and well-made show. I am not very fond of Games of Thrones.
The actor, who was last seen in Force 2 that co-starred John Abraham, will next be seen in Noor and the adaptation of Ittefaq opposite Sidharth Malhotra.