Sonakshi Sinha believes in speaking her mind. From shutting up trolls to clarifying false reports on social media -- Sonakshi never minces words. The actor, who will have two releases in the coming months, discusses how the media is getting over intrusive these days, why she’d let go off a Broadway show that was offered to her, her idea to do music concerts, and more.
Recently, you slammed a newspaper for writing a false report about you. Do you feel the media is intrusive?
They are not only intrusive, but also irresponsible at times. Just because we are public figures, that does not give them the right to write whatever they feel like. We are also human beings. We have people at home whom we are answerable to.
Do such reports bother you?
Not every report is worth reacting to. But there are some that have repercussions on our families, so there is need for clarification. Clarifications are important to protect us and also for people to be aware of how false certain reports are. A publication should think 10 times before writing whatever they feel like, because social media has more reach than their papers.
There seems to be a lot of camaraderie among the current generation of actors. How competitive are you all?
The younger generation is friendly and supportive of each other. Everyone is trying their hand at different kinds of roles, and they are not scared to experiment and take risks. Plus, the volume of work in the industry has increased. There are different story ideas. There are short films, web series and music videos. With women-centric movies being received so well by the audience, another avenue has opened up. So, there’s no rat race. Everyone is content with what they are doing. On a personal level, I only compete with myself. I have never kept a check on who’s signing which film or what’s their film’s box-office collection. I only focus on my work.
You were offered an international project – a Broadway show – recently. Why didn’t you take it up?
When the offer came by, there were a lot of things that I was figuring with them, such as the story, my character, dates, etc. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out back then, as I had my film commitments here. My priority is my work in Bollywood. My dream is to perform at concerts. I’m working on that simultaneously, along with my films.
You say you want to do limited work. Why?
I don’t know how I was juggling four films at a time, earlier. The kinds of films I have decided to take up now are very challenging in different ways. That’s why I feel like I’m too occupied.
You are also a painter. Do you intend to display your artwork someday?
I do plan to exhibit my work someday, but I’ll do that when the time is right. I’m still very possessive about my paintings, and would hate to let go of them. But once I decide that I am ready to part with them will be the day when I will release them to the world
Watch: Sonakshi Sinha singing at an event
The trailer of your upcoming film has received a good response. Is this an indication that people have started accepting a Bollywood heroine in every avatar?
Yes, of course, it’s an indication that the audience is welcoming changes and new concepts. They want to see things that have not been done before, and that’s great.