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ANUJ KUMAR
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Chat Sonakshi Sinha says that she is as original as her father

You can use many approving adjectives to describe Sonakshi Sinha but ‘discreet’ is not one of them. Praise her for bringing Indian beauty back in business and she tells you how the media doesn’t question her contemporaries, who all look the same and dress up the same way.

“I am original.” Like her father (Shatrughan Sinha)? “Yes. We work in Indian films, we speak the Indian language. So we should look the Indian way. At least some of us should,” says SonakshiAsk her about her travails with weight and Sonakshi says it is a thing of the past. She doesn’t agree that cinematographers have focussed on her face to hide her unflattering side. “Perhaps they could not take the eyes off the face,” she quips. “In cinema you can’t hide much,” she claims.

With Dabangg , she says she got the best start an actor could get and now she wants to take it forward with some performance oriented roles and Vikramaditya Motwane’s (of Udaan fame) Lootera is going to be her litmus test. “A period film set in the Bengal of 1950s, it is an intense romance and the role of a Bengali girl is very different from the fun parts that I have been playing. Vikram is very demanding as a director. We would rush through difficult terrain to catch the early morning light…and around the same time I was playing this brash Punjabi girl in Son of Sardaar who does stunts with bikes. I learnt quite a lot from this constant change of ethnicities and mood.”

Having started her career with actors almost double her age, Sonakshi says now she is working with actors of her age group. “In Lootera I am paired with Ranveer Singh.

Then I am shooting with Imran Khan for the sequel of Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai and have just signed Prabhu Deva’s film with Shahid Kapoor. But working with senior actors has helped me find my feet in the industry. Just watching Ajay’s (Devgn) commitment on the sets was a big lesson.”

This December she will be seen with Salman Khan in Dabanng 2 . “Rajjo has become mature now as you will get to see Chulbul Pandey’s married life but there is not much change in his tone and tenor.” It’s time for the shutterbugs to take over and they are no longer interested in close ups!

ANUJ KUMAR

We work in Indian films, we speak the Indian language. So we should look the Indian way

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