One-film old Sonakshi Sinha can’t help but thank her stars for the bevy of projects that has inundated her kitty with six big budget outings.
"I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved after Dabangg. Things have worked out very well with me. For someone who wasn’t planning to become an actress, it is a very fortunate thing. I consider myself very lucky and I’m very thankful," she says looking up at the heavens with globular eyes.
The actor has now, her hands full. "I have my hands pretty full with projects. I’m shooting for Joker. After that I have a Tamil film that I’ve signed with Kamal Haasan," she says.
"Then there’s Kick (with Salman), Race 2 and another film with Akshay which is being directed by Prabhu Deva and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali," she adds, forgetting to mention the sequel to Dabangg.
Isn’t the 23-year-old apprehensive about rubbing shoulders with older actors? "Why should I? They are the biggest stars. These things don’t matter anymore. I’m very lucky to be working with all the top stars right after my first film," says the actor, who was in the capital as the brand ambassador of Dabur’s skin care brand Fem.
Once overweight, Sonakshi lost oodles of weight for her big screen debut. Looking slimmer than ever, asked if was now a size zero spree, she says: "Size-zero is not my cup of tea. I’m very proud of my built and frame. It’s definitely not my calling. I’m very happy with the way I am."
"People have appreciated me for the way I look. I’m definitely into a lot of fitness. I work out regularly. My main aim is to just be fit and maintain that right now. I’ve come a long way from being the girl I was," she adds.
Daughter of actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha, she also seeks advices from her father.
"Of course. The kind of actor he is, the kind of talent and experience he has and he is with me at home, I definitely seek his advice," she says.
Also a doting sister to her brothers, she is confident her actor-brother Luv will make a mark too. "I don’t advice him. He is my elder brother. He knows more than me. It’s just that his first film didn’t work, mine worked but that’s not the end of it. He is a hard working boy. He is very positive and only looking forward. I’m sure things will take a good turn for him."
So any plans of ever acting with her father and brother?
"Hopefully if such a script comes along, we’ll definitely love to act in one."
Sonakshi was also upbeat about director Abhinav Kashyap walking out of Dabangg sequel.
"I’m sure Abhinav had his reasons to not do it and I’m happy that Arbaaz is doing it. He is a very talented man, very intelligent and he’ll make a very good film," she says.
Rumours are rife that there will also be a Tamil remake of Dabangg. Prod about the same and she replies: "I have been hearing reports and I wish them all the best."
Having been a victim of a morphing controversy where her face was brushed on a bikini clad woman’s face for a magazine cover, she was disgusted with a similar event with colleague Vidya Balan.
"It’s a very disgusting thing to target women who are not known for having that image. Something like that is very unfortunate and shouldn’t be done. Such people should be caught," she asserts.
The star kid is now keeping her head high by not giving way to controversies.
“It doesn’t affect me at all. I’m here to act not react,” she says with poise.