|Sonakshi Sinha with Ajay Devgn in Son of Sardaar
Son of Sardaar is your fourth release and out of those, two (Dabangg and Rowdy Rathore) have been mega hits. That must give you a lot of confidence...
It does. It means that I am doing something right. With all my films, I have been very confident at the scripting stage. Even with SOS, I was laughing so hard when the script was being narrated to me!
Joker is the only flop you’ve had. Do you regret doing the film?
Not at all. There are ups and downs in every field. You can’t always gauge what the audience wants. While it was a big-budget film, it was also experimental and clearly it didn’t go down well with the audiences. I have moved on. Joker was the second film I signed immediately after Dabangg. It opened up doors for me. It was after Joker that Akshay (Kumar) offered me Rowdy Rathore. To be able to work with someone like Akshay or Ajay (Devgn) so early in my career is a dream. I enjoyed making Joker and I learnt a lot on the sets.
But what did your first box-office debacle teach you?
It’s how I chose to react to it. I was too busy working on my next film to let it affect me. I know everyone said a lot about the film but I didn’t react and after a while people stopped talking. Thanks to my parents (Shatrughan and Poonam Sinha), I have learnt to deal with success and failure alike. So, I don’t scream from rooftops about successes like Dabangg or Rowdy Rathore, nor do I sit in a dark corner to cry over a flop.
Many people are wondering why you aren’t doing more challenging roles...
I am very happy with how my work is going. When people talk about “challenging roles” they mean heroine-oriented films which are in vogue these days. I am young and hopefully would be working for many more years to come. I don’t have to rush up things, right? I am sure challenging roles would also come and I would be happy to pick them as and when that happens.... I have to say that I also take this question as a compliment. Clearly, people think that I am good enough to shoulder a heroine-oriented film.
What do you look for in a role at this stage of your career?
It should be something that gives me the opportunity to do something different from what I have done before. If you look at the characters that I have played, they are all so different from each other. Actually, all my characters have been from different parts of the country.
Who do you consult before signing a film?
Obviously my parents. Between the two of them, there’s a wealth of knowledge and experience and I would be a fool not to take advantage of it. In most cases, my mom sits in during the narration. Dad is not always there but I narrate the synopsis to him. The decision is taken by the family as a whole.
What interested you about Son of Sardaar?
I think it’s the perfect festival film [it releases on Diwali]. It is a complete entertainment package with great music, comedy, drama and action. I also like the character that I play in SOS. She is very feisty and I have never played that before.
After SOS you have Lootera, Dabangg 2 and Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2. You are quite a workaholic, aren’t you?
(Laughs) I have become one. After I wake up all I can think about is work. And then I spend the whole day working. Even when I have a day off, I am okay for the first half of the day when I catch up on my sleep but after that I don’t know what to do with myself!
Dabangg 2 releases this December. What was it like revisiting your first film?
It was amazing. There were so many memories. It was like going back home. Dabangg 2 takes the story forward. Rajjo is now married and the romance between her and Chulbul Pandey is absolutely adorable. Arbaaz (Khan) is a fantastic director. It doesn’t feel like he is directing his first film. I keep telling him that he should have started directing much earlier.