Will SAL­MAN KHAN Reignite SON­AKSHI SINHA’S Plum­met­ing Ca­reer Graph?

The man with the golden touch, Sal­man Khan has re­vived many an ac­tor’s ca­reer. Will he also be able to re­vive SON­AKSHI SINHA’S not-so-hap­pen­ing ca­reer too? Read on…

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She started with a bang! From a dhamakedaar de­but op­po­site Sal­man Khan in Dabangg, Son­akshi Sinha has def­i­nitely made a niche for her­self in Bol­ly­wood. And the ver­dict on her was crys­tal clear: This star kid sure can act! And, how! Any­way, af­ter bask­ing for a long time in the Dabangg part one and 2 glory, Sona com­pleted almost eight years in Tin­selville. But un­for­tu­nately for her, her ca­reer graph cur­rently is pin­point­ing pre­car­i­ously down­wards af­ter sev­eral of her films proved to be duds at the Box of­fice. 2016-17 was clearly not a good year for her as most of her films, one af­ter the other were knocked down like pins in a bowl­ing arena at the Box of­fice. In Akira, Noor and It­te­faq, her act­ing skills were raved about but the film them­selves didn’t do well, bring­ing all the ef­fu­sive com­pli­ments to nought. Wel­come to New York was a dis­as­ter from the word ‘go’ and it added to poor Sona’s bag of woes. …But there is a sil­ver lin­ing at the end of the dark clouds. Son­akshi Sinha still has Dabangg 3 in her kitty and more im­por­tantly, Sal­man Khan, the man with the Mi­das touch, in her cor­ner. So will Sona’s jadoo work on the view­ers this time? Will she be able to de­liver a block­buster and re­gain her po­si­tion amongst the top 3 hero­ines in Bol­ly­wood? Will she? Or won’t she? Let’s an­a­lyse… Start­ing off as a fash­ion de­signer to be­com­ing an ac­tor and also a singer, the very sexy Son­akshi Sinha has done it all with élan. Here was one star kid who was a chip of the old block and she proved it with her sen­si­tive act­ing in the film Lootera! But strangely enough, even though she has worked with sev­eral top-notch peo­ple of the film in­dus­try, her film graph un­for­tu­nately has been plum­met­ing steadily down more so af­ter the su­per-hit Dabangg se­ries. In fact, if you check out her list of re­leased films in re­cent times, prac­ti­cally all have had a poor show­ing at the Box of­fice. Why?

One Woman Show

The past few years, the ac­tor has strangely con­cen­trated only on women cen­tric movies like Akira and Noor. But un­like her con­tem­po­raries Kan­gana Ra­naut and Deepika Padukone, per­haps it was too soon for Son­akshi to be shoul­der­ing the weight of an en­tire film. Both Akira and Noor had just Son­akshi’s name to talk about. And un­for­tu­nately both the films crashed at the Box of­fice and with the rev­enue that these films gen­er­ated, un­lucky for Son­akshi, since she was the only well-known name, she had to bear the brunt of their fail­ure.

Too Much Too Soon

Also per­haps her fo­cus wa­vered a little. Son a ks hi seemed to be want­ing to do much more than just act­ing. She for­ayed into the world of mu­sic. And to be fair to her, she def­i­nitely sounded more mel­liflu­ous than the other singing stars. But her sin­gle too wasn’ t ex­actly a chart buster. And that too per­haps added to her share of woes. Then there were ru­mours that poor Sona had a bro­ken heart. In fact, some time back, there were hushed whis­pers about a ro­man­tic en­tan­gle­ment be­tween pro­ducer

Bunty Sachdev and Sona. “They are se­ri­ous about each other and the re­la­tion­ship may reach the next level,” whis­pered ru­mour­mon­gers. Un­for­tu­nately, close at heels came the news of a split be­tween the two. Per­haps that’s why poor Son­akshi put on her trav­el­ling boots and went glo­be­trot­ting. From criss-cross­ing through the US, she was seen hol­i­day­ing in the Mal­dives, and that too for quite a long pe­riod of time. And ab­sence un­for­tu­nately doesn’t make the heart go fonder any more. …That we’ve seen from her dwin­dling for­tunes at the Box of­fice.

Choice Of Films

Most of Sona’s choice of films were again ob­vi­ously wrong. Force 2, Him­mat­wala, Te­var, Son of Sar­dar and of course, the dis­as­trous Wel­come to New York, proved that poor scripts had no busi­ness to be made into films. But at the end, it was Son­akshi who suf­fered the most be­cause of these duds. How­ever, things are not as bleak as they seem…

B-Town ki­boli…

In­dus­try wall a are rather in favour of the doe-eyed ac­tor. Di­rec­tor Sun­hil Sippy said, “Son­akshi was our first choice for Noor. I didn’t know if it was right at the very be­gin­ning but when I started and once I got to end, it be­came ev­i­dent that she was per­fect for the role. I like the fact that Son­akshi Sinha has tremen­dous range. Even though she is filmi, quirky, and silly but at the same time she is very in­tense and se­ri­ous. In Noor, I got the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore ev­ery part of her as an ac­tor.” She also caught the at­ten­tion of the Dhak Dhak girl Madhuri Dixit who ap­par­ently praised the act­ing abil­i­ties of the ac­tor and said, “I haven’t seen many new films,

but I saw Dabangg and I re­ally feel Son­akshi Sinha has a lot of po­ten­tial... her eyes are very pretty and she is quite ex­pres­sive.”

Khano mai Khan Sal­man khan..

It is a well-known fact that many in Bol­ly­wood owe their ca­reers to our very own Sallu bhai. From Ar­jun Kapoor, Zarine Khan, Sooraj Pancholi, Elli AvrRam, the list is end­less. Ka­t­rina Kaif, in fact, owes a huge thanks to Sal­man for breath­ing in life into her almost dead ca­reer. Will he do the same to Sona’s ca­reer? It is a fact that when­ever this jodi is to­gether on screen, they set the screen on fire. Be it in songs like Dabangg’s Tere mast mast do nain or its se­quel Dagabaaz Re, the chem­istry be­tween Sal­man and Son­akshi is ex­plo­sive on­screen. So will Da­bangg3 get Son­akshi’s ca­reer back on track? Only time will tell. But we are putting our money on Son­akshi Sinha. Here is one hero­ine who looks good, acts well and is ex­tremely pro­fes­sional. Maybe all she needs is a change of for­tune, per­haps that will be ini­ti­ated by the Sul­tan Sal­man Khan. And as Son­akshi al­ways quotes her dad Sha­trughan Sinha - “In this in­dus­try, try and be the best. But if you can­not be the best, then be dif­fer­ent.” Well, it’s time to be dif­fer­ent, Sona and make the Box of­fice col­lec­tions ring fu­ri­ously yet again!

I haven’t seen many new films, but I saw Dabangg and I re­ally feel Son­akshi Sinha has a lot of po­ten­tial... her eyes are very pretty and she is quite ex­pres­sive.” — Madhuri Dixit

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