Sonakshi Sinha’s launch vehicle, Dabangg (2010), was a film many aspiring actors would dream of — a big-budget movie with a co-star like Salman Khan. But the 28-year-old says that even though she made a smashing entry into Bollywood, her journey after the film’s release was not devoid of hurdles.
However, now the actor is in a happy space, having completed five years in the industry, and is trying her hand at both commercial as well as content-driven cinema.
Here, we talk to Sonakshi about her movie choices, her entrepreneurial plans, and more.
Last month, you completed five years in Bollywood. What has the industry taught you?
It has been a great journey. I have learnt a lot over the years. Everyone you come across teaches you something — right from your directors and co-actors to the cinematographers, music directors and other unit members. I have learnt so much about the craft, and I’m thankful for that.
Even though you entered the industry with a huge film, you’ve often said that you have had your share of struggles. Does it all seem worth it now?
Yes, definitely. I’m glad I could make my parents proud, and that’s what makes it worth it. I’m glad to have faced struggles, because they’ve made me a stronger person. The love and support my fans have showered upon me is the best reward ever. Today, wherever I go, people recognise me for my work. Also, the popularity I’ve gained has created a platform, which helps me voice my thoughts and opinions on important issues that need attention.
In an interview, you had said that even today, you give your paycheques to your parents…
It has always been like that. I’m a person of few needs, so whenever I’ve asked my parents for anything, they’ve never refused. Besides, I am not good at managing money, so I would rather have them do it for me.
When will we see you and Salman team up again?
I think you should ask Salman that, because I’m always ready to team up with him. He is my first hero, and he is the one who nudged me in the right direction.
You’ve also said that you idolise singer Adele. Would you ever like to lend your voice to a song?
I have wanted to explore singing ever since I was a child. So yes, it’s definitely on the cards.
Many of your contemporaries are launching their own fashion labels. Do you have any entrepreneurial dreams?
Yes, I have several plans in the pipeline, but I’m very clear that I want to be involved in everything that I do from the grassroot level. Right from designing to sourcing to production and marketing strategy, I want to be part of every stage, and not just have a brand with my name or face attached to it.
You’re one of the few actors who respond to online trolls. Do you take online criticism seriously?
Not at all. There are great options on Twitter, like mute and block. I take those very seriously.