Chulbul Pandey’s Rajjo didn’t shake a leg in Dabangg, but now, Salman Khan wants Sonakshi Sinha to put on her dancing shoes. The superstar informed his filmmaker friend Shirish Kunder about her dancing talent and suggested he include a few dance numbers for her in his forthcoming film, Joker, alongside Akshay Kumar.
The result: the young actor now has multiple dance numbers, including an item song, in Joker as well as a few in Salman’s Kick. “I wasn’t aware of Sonakshi’s dancing prowess. Salman told me she is a great dancer and I should make her do a jig,” says Kunder. Besides an item song with Katrina Kaif, she is also doing a dance number with Kumar.
The song, choreographed by Farah Khan, is being shot in Chandigarh. “It’s interesting because everyone including Akshay and Sonakshi are doing hip-hop wearing desi clothes,” Kunder reveals.
He has already planned to throw in a few dance numbers for Sinha in Kick as well, which goes on the floors in September. “Since Salman is in the film, I have to put in dance numbers,” he laughs. “And since the film is a full-on masala entertainer, it will be easier to weave them in.”
While Farah is looking forward to choreograph Sinha, the actor herself is working on transforming into Bollywood’s new dancing queen. “Sonakshi has been constantly listening to the numbers on her iPod to get into the groove. I’m sure people will be surprised to see her dance in the new avatar we are going to present her in,” says Kunder.
Though, he doesn’t reveal the name of the actress who will feature with Sinha in the item number that he plans to shoot it later this year. Unlike what Kaif did in Sheila ki jawani…, Sinha won’t be seen belly dancing. “It has to be different. They are going to be seductive, yet classy numbers,” says Kunder.
Meanwhile, the Jaan-e-Mann (2006) director has also started writing a “full-on dance film.” “It’s too early to talk about that, but I’m very excited. I am tied up for the entire year with Joker and Kick,” he says.