So far, Sonakshi Sinha has mostly done films that have male actors in the lead roles. She has worked with the likes of Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn, who have always played the meatier parts. Now, however, Sonakshi is going to be seen in a few women-centric projects that she is the protagonist of.
“I made the decision to play roles that really challenged me,” she says, adding, “My upcoming films have achieved that in certain ways. I took them up because they were really good roles. Plus, I thought I would be able to do justice to them. I want to push my limits from now on.”
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But why don’t we see popular male actors in female-oriented films? “I haven’t put much thought into that. To each his own. Maybe some male actors feel that if they do such movies, they won’t get the full pie. But that’s fine. I’m sure, soon, they will start looking at characters as they are, instead of looking at how big or small a role is. They should look at the quality, not the quantity,”says Sonakshi.
While some actors are open to nudity or shooting for steamy scenes on the big screen, there are others who have had their reservations. Sonakshi says she will only do films that she can “watch with her parents”. “I’m very clear about that. This is a decision that I have taken for myself, and nobody has put this restriction on me. It’s about what I’m comfortable doing, and who I am as a person. It has worked very well for me so far, and I will continue to be this way,” she asserts.
Many times, in theatres across the country, the male members of the audience make crass comments about the female actors. Sonakshi is aware of this occurrence. “I’ve been told I get a lot of whistles and claps when I come on screen. People even throw coins at the screen for me. That kind of feedback is good. But yes, there are some people who say things that are inappropriate. That is wrong. But that is their upbringing and who they are as people. They need to be taught how to respect women,” she says.
Sonakshi says, fortunately, she has never been eve-teased. “Nothing of that sort has happened with me. As actors, we are protected on the sets. When you are working on a film set, you meet the same people every day, and you get familiar with them. But I do know that a lot of girls have to deal with eve-teasing, and that they aren’t as protected as we are. I believe it is important for girls to know how to defend themselves,” says the actor.
Meanwhile, in her upcoming movie, Sonakshi will be seen in a few action sequences. Shraddha Kapoor had some similar scenes in Baaghi, while Kriti Sanon is training in mixed martial arts for her next. Speaking about this trend, Sonakshi says, “Film-makers and the audience are realising that women, too, can do action. Viewers are also open to fresh content today. They have seen all the male actors do action films, and it’s nice to know that they are accepting women in such roles as well. It’s a good time for women in the industry.”