‘I don’t get into other peo­ple’s busi­ness’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Shalvi Man­gaokar shalvi. man­gaokar@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

She has spent five years in Bol­ly­wood, and has de­liv­ered sev­eral hits. The daugh­ter of vet­eran ac­tor Sha­trughan Sinha, Son­akshi Sinha has carved her own niche, and is one of the most sought-af­ter ac­tors to­day. She talks about do­ing out-of-the-box roles in fu­ture, how she can­not be com­pet­i­tive, and more.

Do you con­sider any­one your com­pe­ti­tion in the in­dus­try?

Ev­ery ac­tor is com­pe­ti­tion to­day. But I’ve never been af­fected by what oth­ers do. I’m very happy do­ing my work, and not get­ting into other peo­ple’s busi­ness. I’m not com­pet­i­tive, and I haven’t changed even af­ter do­ing 14 films. It is cru­cial to have the right at­ti­tude in this in­dus­try, and I’ve re­alised that it is only your ded­i­ca­tion and hard work that will take you places, and not pok­ing your nose in other peo­ple’s busi­ness.

You’ve al­ways been vo­cal about your thoughts on so­cial media. Don’t you think you risk be­ing mis­in­ter­preted?

If I’m mis­in­ter­preted, it’s their (the peo­ple who mis­in­ter­pret) prob­lem, not mine. I can take things in my stride and han­dle them my way.

You are do­ing a biopic on Haseena Parkar (un­der­world don Da­wood Ibrahim’s sis­ter). It is a sen­si­tive sub­ject. Are you pre­pared?

The ini­tial re­sponse has been great. It’s an in­tense and com­plex char­ac­ter, so I’ll have to get the dic­tion and the nu­ances right. I’ll at­tend work­shops and prob­a­bly meet Parkar’s daugh­ters, who she was clos­est to, in or­der to un­der­stand her bet­ter.

You’re part of another wom­an­cen­tric film. Is sign­ing such films a con­scious de­ci­sion?

In­dian cin­ema is in a tran­si­tional phase, and the au­di­ence has be­come more open to such films. The only con­scious de­ci­sion I’ve made is to sign good scripts, and do good roles. Whether it’s a woman-cen­tric film or a full-blown com­mer­cial one, my role has to be great. I’m proud of the work I’ve done so far, but ev­ery­one al­ways seems to ex­pect more from me. That’s a huge com­pli­ment, and I’ve taken it pos­i­tively.

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