'Developed a thick skin early in life'

Sonaskshi Sinha talks about 'Lootera' and why people's snide remarks about her weight doesn't bother her anymore

Sonakshi Sinha's dream debut opposite Salman Khan gave her a launch most actresses can only dream of but people were quick to dismiss her as a one-film wonder. Three years later, she is still going strong and has romanced superstars like Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn and Salman Khan. Despite not being endowed with the 'waif-thin' structure which most Bollywood heroines sport, she has a filmography most actors would envy in terms of box-office success. Many would point out that Sonakshi's mature looks make it difficult to pair her with younger heroes. But Sonakshi is nonchalant about this and says, "How many debutantes can boast of working with three of the country's biggest superstars in their first three films?"
Behind the scenes: Lootera

With her latest film 'Lootera', she sticks to her tried-and-tested desi-look which has always worked for her. The films she chooses mostly revolves around the macho superstars. However, she dismisses the thoughts of a well-calculated strategy behind doing masala movies opposite established stars. Coming from a filmi background, Sonakshi is no stranger to the workings of the film industry. She started her career as a model and walked the ramp at the Fashion Week 2008 and has designed costumes for movie 'Mera Dil Leke Deko' in 2005. That was before Salman Khan discovered her and packed her off to the gym and launched her opposite him. In 'Lootera', she is paired opposite Ranveer Singh who is closer to her age than the stars she has worked with earlier.The film director Vikramaditya Motwane has been inspired by O Henry's 'The Last Leaf' and it would be interesting to see how he encompasses the story in this period drama. On that, Sonakshi says, "The Last Leaf is a small but integral part of the film. Of course, you can't turn a 4-page story to a film." 
Sonakshi: Superstar in the making

In this film, she plays a Bengali girl from an aristocratic family and therefore sticks to the tried and tested traditional look. While you may wonder how different was it from her earlier release Rowdy Rathore or her forthcoming Dabangg 2, Sonakshi is quick to retort, "I don't choose my roles based on what clothes I am going to wear. If a role gives me an opportunity to be a part of a big film, then what's the harm? I am working with some of the best people in the industry." Thankfully, having a good research team made it easier for her to get into the character. "The team had already done their research by the time I joined. I am a spontaneous actor and can emote once the camera is on. I rely on my director's instructions completely."
Making of 'Lootera'

Her striking resemblance to Reena Roy reminds people of yesteryear heroines who were not particularly thin. Not every producer is looking for a waif heroine and her desi girl image seems to be working well for the actor. After Rowdy Rathore, producer Viki Rajani has signed the successful combination of Sonakshi and director Prabhudheva for Namak while Milan Luthria is directing her in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai sequel. "I am in a good space now. I am content with working on my own terms," she says about her current state of mind."
Sonakshi's sizzling avatar

In Bollywood, an actor is as good as his or her last film. By that logic Sonakshi has done well, never mind her clothes. But this is definitely one sore point for the actress and she passes this catty comment, "When most heroines do role after role in mini-skirts, nobody asks them why they choose to do such roles, so it is a little strange that being an Indian girl, brought up with Indian values is questioned about my choice of clothes." After being in the industry for few years, that doesn't bother her much anymore. "I have been picked on all my life because of my weight. I had developed a thick skin very early in life," she admits.

Her mood lightens up as she talks fondly about her father who has shown her film to his friends in New Delhi. "I am glad that I have been able to carve a niche for myself without anyone's help. My father had to never call up a producer and ask him to cast me in any film. He never had to use connection or interfere in my work," she concludes.