Post Dabangg, she’s snapped up Sajid Nadiadwala’s Kick, opposite Salman Khan. Undoubtedly, Mrs Chulbul Pandey will also feature in the Dabangg sequel. And reportedly, she’s also in the running for Race 2. “The response has been overwhelming, right from the time the first promos were unveiled,” exults debutant Sonakshi Sinha.
Dabangg has done record-breaking business in Bihar and Sonakshi couldn’t be more delighted. “There was a lot of curiosity about the Bihari Babu’s daughter. When my grandmother was alive, we’d visit Patna every year. I accompanied my father when he was campaigning there and unconsciously picked up subtle nuances in the way people spoke and behaved. That helped me when I was playing Rajo,” she admits. “ Thank God, I didn’t have to master the local dialect though, we spoke mostly ‘shudh’ Hindi.”
Her line, “Humein thappad se nahin pyaar se darr lagta hai saab,” has caught on in a big way, bringing back memories of Shotgun’s dialoguebaazi, in particular his trademark “Khamosh!” Sonakshi recalls that on the last day of the shoot’ she was made to say Khamosh! but not on camera. “I tried my best to imitate my father’s style but being a girl, my Khamosh! didn’t have the same impact,” she rues. Sonakshi admits that she has not had any formal training in acting. “I just went with the flow, and sometimes stumbled, literally,” she reminisces. “As I coyly veered away from Salman, while we were picturising Tumne jo dekha tha… in Muscat, my pallu got stuck in the railing and I tumbled.”
She’s taken a headstart, but what’s happening with the other Sinhas? Brother Luv’s Sadiyaan didn’t find many takers, on either side of the border. Another brother, Kush’s directorial debut has been in limbo. Mother Punam, after the imperial Jodhaa Akbar, hasn’t returned to the screen. And even dad, Shatru, seems focussed on his political career.
“Yeah, now that he’s a politician, my father’s work is more centred around Delhi and Bihar. But he loves cinema too much to ever let it go. He will be returning next month in Ramgopal Varma’s Rakta Charitra,” she points out.
Luv, she says, has taken his failure well, and is waiting for a good script. His twin, Kush, should get started on his film soon. And mamma is in no hurry to make another movie.
“We have a production house. Who knows, if we get a fabulous script, may be you will get to see the Sinhas together in a film some day, with Kush directing us,” she smiles.