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...

Cosmopolitan (India) - - COSMO INTERVIEW - By Priyam Chaturvedi; Pho­to­graphs by Suresh Natara­jan

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 at Kitsch

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