Open to regional films: Sonakshi post Lingaa experience

  • Prashant Singh, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Nov 25, 2014 15:07 IST

Sonakshi Sinha might have her hands full with projects in Bollywood, but that's not stopping her from trying her luck in regional cinema as well. She has recently completed her first Tamil film opposite superstar Rajinikanth, and the actor reveals that there might be more to come. "I don't find any reason to not do more regional films. The initial hurdle of language has been crossed, so I feel I can handle it now. If I get a really good script, and something that really excites me, I would love to do it," says the 27-year-old actor.

A few days back, Sonakshi travelled to Chennai for the music launch of her Tamil film, where she introduced herself as 'Rajini's heroine'. Ask her about the same, and she explains: "I have never seen that kind of craze and hysteria for anyone else. There were about 25 people - big directors, actors and technicians, everybody came on stage and spoke in Tamil. The audience was really enjoying themselves. I went up on the stage and was thinking, 'Oh God, who will clap for this new girl?'"

So, Sonakshi came up with an idea. "I introduced myself as the 'superstar's heroine', and the entire house just erupted into applause. The kind of love and respect they have for that man (Rajinikanth) is amazing. It was a humbling experience. This is my first Tamil film, so I felt like a newcomer all over again," she explains.
On a different note, when Sonakshi was asked about her absence from Salman Khan's sister Arpita's wedding in Hyderabad, the actor, who made her debut with Salman, reveals, "I couldn't go because I was promoting my film. Since our film's promotions have started, Prabhu sir (Prabhudheva; director), Ajay (Devgn) and I were unable to go."

No exercise for Sonakshi
Sonakshi Sinha, who injured her back a week ago while shooting for a song in her next opposite Arjun Kapoor, has been asked to take a break from her exercise routine to avoid worsening the condition. "The dance routine was quite difficult and strenuous, so while doing one of the steps, I injured my lower back. My physiotherapist has asked me to stop doing any physical exercise until I recover," confirms Sonakshi.
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