I’m not ALLOWED to throw tantrums
Confident, creative and grounded—just some of the words that define SONAKSHI SINHA. Add to that a fiesty spirit and a career gaining momentum, and you get a girl who Cosmo is dying to know more about...
Confession: when I sat down to interview the Sonakshi Sinha, my mind was swimming with pre-conceived notions. The biggest being that she would probably be ‘one of those ‘bratty, star-kids’. You know, the kinds that were born clutching a silver spoon, acting like they owned the world. But Sonakshi proved me wrong almost immediately. “I’m not allowed to throw any tantrums at home,” she says when I ask her about the priviledges of having a famous dad. “My mom still shouts at me if I don’t clean my room or wake up late. People make it sound like something really different, but our parents made sure that we weren’t in the limelight for being somebody famous’ children. We used to travel in autos, I used to take the local train to college. So it’s been a very regular upbringing.”
And a regular Mumbai girl is just what she is. On off days, Sonakshi likes spending time with friends and catch up on movies she’s missed. “And sleep as much as I can,” she adds. “I’m a very lazy person, except when it comes to work. So I compensate for everything on my free days. I sleep, I go out to eat, I read a book, so yeah, pretty regular stuff.” Considering her current workload (she has 5 releases due in the next 8 months!), I figure the regular stuff will have to wait for some time.
How’s she juggling such a busy schedule, I enquire, and has family time taken a hit? “I’m managing. I like going to my shoots every day, so it’s not something I consider hectic. As for the family, I try and spend as much time as I can with them. It gets a bit difficult when I’m travelling, so sometimes my mom comes to visit me.”
Though she has an iconic lineage, acting happened to Sonakshi by chance. “Since I was a part of this industry from a young age, it never really fascinated me. I was
overweight, studying fashion designing in Delhi and never really thought of a career in acting.” Sonakshi’s life turned around when she lost about 30 kilos and was spotted by Arbaaz and Salman Khan for their next project. “When they came to me with the script of Dabanng, it was an opportunity I couldn’t really refuse. But there was no time to prepare—I was thrown into the deep end of the pool and asked to swim.” She must’ve been a champion swimmer, for her debut movie went on to become one of the highest grossing movies in Bollywood. What followed was a slew of film offers, magazine shoots, endorsements, and, before Sonakshi could even fully realise it, she was already a star. Doesn’t all the attention baffle her at times, I ask. “I don’t bring the attention home. The autographs happen when you’re out in the public eye; but that’s where it stops. That’s my defining quality—I’m not too serious about either praise or criticism; I take them both in the same stride.” Sonakshi comes across as honest, grounded, and, frankly, ‘sorted’. I tell her so, and she laughs, “Oh, I’m full of flaws! I’m sometimes very impulsive, I don’t look like your average heroine nowadays, I’m not the size zero kinds, which I’m okay with.” Such confidence takes courage, especially in an industry where even tiny insecurities can quickly blow up, out of control. “I’ve inherited this trait from my father. I’ve seen him tackle so many situations as a person, and I’ve got it from him. Other than that, I don’t have much to not be confident about. I’m well educated, I can deliver a line, and I have more than three expressions on my face.”
Leather appliquè dress, Raakesh Agarvwal; suede pumps, Trèsmode
Bodycon dress, Herve
Leger; fur jacket, Halston Heritage, both