I am from a close-knit family. My brothers and parents have been by my side all the time. My father was a superstar during his time and I was always exposed to the world of cinema. But I never wanted to take up acting. During my school days, I wanted to become an astronaut, a scientist or a tennis player as I was good in maths, science and sports. It was later that I discovered my talent for sketching and took up a course in fashion designing at SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai. But destiny had other plans and I ended up becoming an actor! I lost weight and worked very hard on acting to land a role in my debut film.
My first success was obviously Dabangg. I learnt everything about acting while working on the film. It was my learning ground and my best experience. I had never really planned for it. It happened very fast. The high point for me came after the film was released. I was accepted and appreciated for my work. I got a lot of praise from a lot of people very early in my career and I will continue working to achieve it in future too.
I really look up to my parents from whom I have imbibed great values. Whatever I am today is because of them. They have also been part of the industry for several decades and I learn a lot from them and want to be like them. My father is the biggest star for me and I have inherited the talent for acting from him and my looks from my mother. I also admire Salman Khan, who is my first co-star. I have made some friends in the industry like Prabhudeva and Akshay Kumar, who are also great on-screen. I share a great comfort level and rapport with each one of them.
My idea of success
I love my work and enjoy what I do, which is very important. I feel lost on off-days and miss work. I am now doing three to four films at a time and I am having a great time.
Dealing with failure
I deal with success and failure the same way. I don’t get too carried away with success and don’t think too much about failure. I prefer to move on because there is always so much more and new to do and so much to learn.
Advice to youngsters
Always follow your instinct, your passion and your heart to succeed in both your professional and personal lives.
I love my work and enjoy what I do. I feel lost on off-days and miss work. I am now doing three to four films at a time and I am having a great time — Sonakshi Sinha, actor