In place of a once-overweight star kid, today there’s a slender 23-year-old. Sonakshi Sinha, who shot to fame with her very first movie, Dabangg, opposite Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, won accolades for her rustic village role. Ask what attracted her to her character, Rajo, and she tells Vogue India, "I liked the earthiness of the role. The Indian avatar was in my comfort zone."
Currently Sonakshi is on a movie-signing spree, having already taken on Dabangg 2, Shirish Kunder’s Joker, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Rowdy Rathore and Abbas-Mustan’s Race 2. When quizzed about her choice of films, she says, "I’m capable of making my own decisions and am clear about what I am comfortable with. I come from a conservative family, and with my dad (actor Shatrughan Sinha) in politics, prancing around in skimpy clothes is not an option. I want to be loyal to Brand Sonakshi."
Brand Sonakshi, a term coined by the actor herself, is about simplicity and sticking to her roots. "I want to be a role model, and want audiences to feel like they’d like a daughter or wife like me. I don’t have to be that steamy seductress in skimpy clothes," she says. Her loyalty towards Brand Sonakshi made her hand over her first paycheck to her parents, with a portion going to Salman’s Being Human charitable trust.
In the news lately for alleged fights with other actresses and the inevitable romantic link-ups, Sonakshi says, "Every day there is a new story. They’ve said I fought with other actors at a party I never attended. I’ve been linked to Salman and have apparently moved out of my parents’ house. I learnt from my father that you have to take it in your stride. I’m actually a quiet person and like being in my own space."
Her father, Shotgun Sinha, is known to be strict with his children, but Sonakshi defends him, saying, "We had a normal childhood and were kept away from the filmi scene. Besides the birthday parties I’ve attended with Sonam and Rhea Kapoor or Esha and Ahana Deol, we were quite sheltered."
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