Some Bollywood stars tend to be diplomatic about controversies, and choose not to react.
isn’t one of them. Last month, she took to Instagram to lash out against those who criticise her for her weight. Then, last week, when Kamaal R Khan (KRK) dragged her name into a “biggest butt” survey of his own, she retorted sharply, tweeting that he should be “given 4 tight slaps”.
Now, Sonakshi tells us what made her so angry, and why it is important to speak out.
You reacted very sharply to KRK’s tweet.
I usually don’t react to such rubbish, because people have the right to express themselves on Twitter, but this one went beyond my tolerance level. While I tweeted that he deserves four slaps on his face, the number of slaps should actually be multiplied by the number of times my post got retweeted. But beyond a point, I don’t want to give this man importance by talking about him.
Please RT this if u think @kamaalrkhan is a woman disrespecting waste of space and deserves to be hung upside down and given 4 tight slaps.— Sonakshi Sinha (@sonakshisinha) November 13, 2014
That’s the second time you have lashed out online, after taking a stand against those who criticise you for your weight.
I think you should take a stand whenever you can. How long can you go on taking people’s s**t? How long can people keep pushing you against the wall? Still, being an actor, and a ‘proper’ girl, you won’t react just because you aren’t supposed to? Like everyone else, we (Bollywood actresses) too have our opinions. And if we are in a position where people will listen to us, we should speak out.
Is it true that in your upcoming film with Arjun Kapoor, you have done your stunts yourself, despite having a body double?
Yes, I did. Shamji (Kaushal; action director) was apprehensive, and he thought I wouldn’t agree to do the stunts. So, they had a body double on standby. But he was amazed when I told him I wanted to do them on my own. It was a new experience for me.
Since you did all the stunts yourself, did you find them challenging?
I am not beating up the bad guys myself, but I had to be present since I am a part of all the sequences. So, in that context, it was challenging, especially due to some really difficult conditions – be it extreme heat or biting cold. When you are doing such sequences in bad weather conditions, they become a big deal.
Unlike yesteryear female actors, the new generation has been voicing their opinions boldly.
I don’t think the earlier actresses faced even half the amount of pressure, criticism or media judgment that we face today. We have reached a point where anyone writes or says anything, especially online and on social media. It has become too vast a medium to be controlled.
Your brothers are set to re-launch the family production house. What’s going to be your involvement?
My involvement is going to be as an actor. Maybe because I don’t understand anything apart from my own job — acting. But my brothers do, so they are sitting at the top of all the operations. They are meeting directors and reading scripts that they would like to start the first (re-launch) film with.