Joker Apart!

Sonakshi Sinha is just one film old, but the actor is most sought after among her contemporaries today. While she has two releases up her sleeve — Rowdy Rathore and Joker — the actress starts shooting for Dabangg 2 and her newest venture, Lootera co-starring Ranveer Singh. Excerpts from an interview…

After a commercial blockbuster like Dabangg, are you taking a risk by being part of Vikramaditya Motwane's (of the offbeat Udaan fame) Lootera?

As an actor, I am doing a lot of other commercial films. The main reason for me to do this film was the script. When Vikram narrated it to me, by the end of it I had tears in my eyes. It's definitely going to be my most challenging role ever. An actor needs to keep doing different things to stay interested. Finally it's a Vikramaditya Motwane film after Udaan — that's reason enough for an actor.

After working with older stars such as Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar, this is the first time you are working with your age co-star Ranveer Singh.

I find this question very funny. As an actor, you adjust with everyone. I am sure it will be great to work with Ranveer and the whole team, in fact.

You have been very vocal about your adulation for Ranveer Singh post Band Baaja Baaraat. Are you excited about working with him?

Yes, I appreciated his work and am looking forward to working with him because we bagged all our debut awards together and it will be a good combination to see onscreen. Ranveer is a very talented actor.

A lot has been spoken about you cozying up to Ranveer. How do you handle that?

I don't handle it. I do my work. I love what I am doing and, ultimately, that's what is important.

You sport a 1950s look in this film. Elaborate.

I play a Bengali girl. It's an authentic Bengali look of the Fifties that I am sporting and they (the director and designer Suvarna) have taken a lot of trouble to go through the kind of clothes, jewellery, hair and make-up done in that era. We have tried to replicate it. Vikramaditya has kept the make-up simple with only the kajal, kumkum, and some laali on the lips which is what the women used to do then.

Your look is reminiscent of the heroines in Satyajit Ray's films. Have you seen those films and is your look inspired by them?

I would like to but I haven't seen them. Since this film is set in that era, as part of my preparation, I would like to watch them because I would get to learn a lot from there — the nuances, the behaviour, the looks.

In the upcoming Joker and Lootera, we are going to see you sport Indian wear. Would you want to experiment with western wear?

I am in western outfits in half of Joker and in Indian attire in the other half. I am Indian, and a Hindi film heroine. All the roles coming my way have been Indian, I am open to doing western roles but if people see me fit to play Indian heroine, I am fine with that.

Were you disappointed at not being part of Abbas-Mustan's Race 2?

It was unfortunate because I was looking forward to it. I signed on the film, but the dates were advanced and I couldn't accommodate it as Dabangg 2 is starting in March. It is unfortunate. I would like to work with Mr. Taurani and Abbas-Mustan sir.

Apart from Vidya, do you see anyone else doing The Dirty Picture?

She has done a fantastic job and the way she gets into her character, I don't see anyone else doing that.

Given a chance, would you do it?

No, I wouldn't ( smiles ).

krutika behrawala

Bollywood News Service

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