In 2011, it was Kareena Kapoor. This year it’s Sonakshi Sinha who’ll bring festive cheer to theatres. Her film with Ajay Devgn, SOS: Son Of Sardar, opens on Diwali along with Yash Chopra’s Shah Rukh Khan-Katrina Kaif love story. And Salman Khan’s Dabangg sequel is the Christmas treat.
Sonakshi, who made her debut with Dabangg (2010), hasn’t had a release in a year and eight months. But she insists that professionally, it’s been a productive time with five films lined up — Rowdy Rathore, Joker, SOS, Dabangg 2 and Lootera. The first opens this Friday, the next three follow in quick succession, and Lootera releases next March.
“I didn’t plan it, but it’s fantastic how things have fallen into place. I know all of them might not hit bull’s eye, but what’s important is that I’m enjoying my work, even though I’ve been shooting every day. I’ve just begged for a day off on my birthday, June 2,” she says.
Diwali has always been a low-key affair for the Sinhas, comprising a puja and lots of family time. And Christmas too is no big affair. “The only difference is that earlier my parents would give me gifts, this time I’ll gift them my movies,” she says, smiling, “Dad (Shatrughan Sinha) is waiting for the premieres and expecting more compliments for my performances from the stewards and air-hostesses he meets on flights.”
Romancing Ranveer? No, no!
Most of 24-year-old Sonakshi Sinha’s co-stars are 40-plus, but she’s unperturbed. “Judwaa 2 is my first film with Saif (Ali Khan), Dabangg 2 my second with Salman and Once Upon A Time Again, my third with Akshay (Kumar). None of them behave like my seniors. It’s Ranveer (Singh), who’s closer to my age. And I didn’t know him before starting Lootera,” she says, dismissing rumours of a romance that recently upset her mom and dad. “My parents don’t have to read about my relationships in the papers.”