‘I wanted to be an as­tro­naut or a sci­en­tist’

Ac­tor Son­akshi Sinha was good at maths and dreamt of be­ing a sci­en­tist or an outer space ex­plorer, though she’s not com­plain­ing about choos­ing to get into Bol­ly­wood

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page -

IFirst success

My idols

I really look up to my par­ents from whom I have am from a close-knit fam­ily. My brothers and par­ents have been by my side all the time. My fa­ther was a su­per­star dur­ing his time and I was al­ways ex­posed to the world of cin­ema. But I never wanted to take up act­ing. Dur­ing my school days, I wanted to be­come an as­tro­naut, a sci­en­tist or a ten­nis player as I was good in maths, sci­ence and sports. It was later that I dis­cov­ered my tal­ent for sketch­ing and took up a course in fash­ion de­sign­ing at SNDT Women’s Univer­sity, Mum­bai. But des­tiny had other plans and I ended up be­com­ing an ac­tor! I lost weight and worked very hard on act­ing to land a role in my de­but film. My first success was ob­vi­ously Da­bangg. I learnt ev­ery­thing about act­ing while work­ing on the film. It was my learn­ing ground and my best ex­pe­ri­ence. I had never really planned for it. It hap­pened very fast. The high point for me came af­ter the film was re­leased. I was ac­cepted and ap­pre­ci­ated for my work. I got a lot of praise from a lot of peo­ple very early in my ca­reer and I will con­tinue work­ing to achieve it in fu­ture too. im­bibed great val­ues. What­ever I am to­day is be­cause of them. They have also been part of the in­dus­try for sev­eral decades and I learn a lot from them and want to be like them. My fa­ther is the big­gest star for me and I have in­her­ited the tal­ent for act­ing from him and my looks from my mother. I also ad­mire Sal­man Khan, who is my first co-star. I have made some friends in the in­dus­try like Prab­hudeva and Ak­shay Ku­mar, who are also great on-screen. I share a great com­fort level and rap­port with each one of them.

My idea of success

I love my work and en­joy what I do, which is very im­por­tant. I feel lost on off-days and miss work. I am now do­ing three to four films at a time and I am hav­ing a great time.

Deal­ing with fail­ure

I deal with success and fail­ure the same way. I don’t get too car­ried away with success and don’t think too much about fail­ure. I pre­fer to move on be­cause there is al­ways so much more and new to do and so much to learn.

Ad­vice to young­sters

Al­ways fol­low your in­stinct, your pas­sion and your heart to suc­ceed in both your pro­fes­sional and per­sonal lives.

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