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Friday , November 9 , 2012
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Homecoming after 3 years

Sonakshi, the silver screen star, will light up her hometown before Diwali.

The Son of Sardaar star is coming to the capital on Saturday with co-star and producer Ajay Devgn to promote the Diwali release.

Speaking to The Telegraph from Mumbai, Sonakshi said: “It is a homecoming for me, I am really excited to visit my hometown after a long gap to promote my upcoming film, Son of Sardaar, with my co-star Ajay Devgn.”

Daughter of Patna Sahib MP Shatrughan Sinha and Poonam Sinha, Sonakshi plays Jiya in the November 13 release. Son of Sardaar, which also stars Sanjay Dutt and Juhi Chawla, is a remake of 2010 Telugu release Maryada Ramanna.

In spite of giving hits like Rowdy Rathore opposite Akshay Kumar, this would be Sonakshi’s first visit to Patna since she debuted opposite Salman Khan in Dabangg (2010). She said: “I really wanted to visit (Patna) but I could not come because of other commitments. I know the people of Patna love me and a lot of people must be praying for my upcoming movie. I am sure that people will like this film.”

Sonakshi’s last visit to Patna was around three years ago when she had come to campaign for her father for the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. This time, Sonakshi will visit Takht Sri Harmandir Sahib in Patna City with Ajay after landing around 1.30pm. They will also hold a news meet at Maurya at 4pm before leaving for Mumbai.

Family friend of the Sinhas, Rajiv Sinha, is looking after all preparations for Sonakshi’s visit. He said: “Sonakshi will not only visit Patna on November 10 but will also offer prayers at Takht Shri Harmandir Sahib gurdwara in Patna City.”

On her short time in Patna, Rajiv added: “Her schedule is packed with too many commitments, so she would not be able to spend much time at the gurdwara. Both Sonakshi and Ajay are visiting several cities to promote the film.”

The film has attracted controversy with Ajay filing a complaint with the Competition Commission of India against Yash Raj Films, alleging that YRF was using its dominant position to book more screens for its release Jab Tak Hai Jaan.