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Sonakshi Sinha: Salman is honest, Akshay calm and Arjun intelligent
Sonakshi Sinha, 27, is extremely simple, honest, emotional and laid-back. In this hyper weight-conscious film industry, she is not just non-competitive, but she is also totally comfortable being herself. While she may not yet confess her love for Arjun Kapoor, working in Boney Kapoor's Tevar was like working in a home production for her. Ahead of her upcoming entertainer Tevar, she talks to Bombay Times about her being treated like a daughter by Boney Kapoor on the set of Tevar, why Arjunshould think a little less, and her decision to now to do one film at a time. Excerpts:
Since when have you known Arjun Kapoor?
Rhea Kapoor and I were in the same class in Arya Vidya Mandir. Arjun and Sonam were two batches senior to us. While somewhere in between Rhea and I lost touch with each other post school, we actually grew up together and so I only knew Arjun as Rhea's cousin, meeting him at her birthday parties till he shifted school when he was in class VIII. So we were acquaintances and I came to first know him when he used to work out with Salman Khan in his house while I was doing Dabangg. But I really got to know him properly only now while shooting Tevar. Sanjay and Boney uncle have seen me grow up, so much so that I used to call Sanjay chachu as that is what Rhea used to call him. Actually, for me also this was like working in a home production.What is Arjun like?
We became friends literally in the middle of the shoot. He is intelligent, articulate and speaks very well. He is constantly thinking, though I think he can do without it and his life would be simpler if he stopped thinking so muchJ. He is very funny and entertaining.Working in Tevar was like working in a home production
I am more spontaneous than him and I don't think so much. He will overthink situations and mull and dwell over things. He also talks too much and once he starts talking, he cannot stop. The good thing is that he is such a nice person that it makes up for a lot of things. While I don't think and am different from him that way, otherwise we are quite similar. We both love food and are quite lazy.In this fiercely competitive industry, what keeps you so non-competitive.
For me, maybe it comes from the fact that one, I have grown up in this world so it never fascinated me, second I didn't have the dream of becoming an actress while growing up and therefore, certainly I had no such dream of becoming the No. 1 actress. Also, I don't look at this as work. I barely take breaks as I feel I don't need them. I really enjoy and look forward to coming on set and facing the camera everyday.With your next female oriented film with AR Murugadoss, you seemed to have changed tracks in your career. Is that by design?
I am thinking of pulling back a bit. In the last four years, I have done way too much and have done 12 films and have been working at a breakneck speed doing 3-4 films simultaneously at any given point in time. I have learnt and enjoyed a lot, but now I want to do one film at a time.The only film that explored your acting ability, was Lootera. Has doing mass entertainers got to you in some way?
No, I have really enjoyed being a part of these films and whatever I am today is due to those films. I have made a particular standing as an actor and have reached out to people through those films as people know me because of them. So no regrets at all. Everything has a phase and time and maybe being a Gemini, I want to do different things. So starting this year, I want to do different genres and not repeat the same genres. And I am thrilled that I am starting with Murugadoss sir's film in early Feb in which I am the hero of the film. I have to also prepare for it and he is actually going to fly down some experts from LA to teach me stuff. I want to do the action myself and am more than willing to start training whenever he is ready. He is somebody who has done so well both in terms of making films with content and commercial success. This film is a character-driven film with a strong-willed girl who can get past anything that is thrown at her and like his other films, has a message.You have worked with three of the biggest superstars this country has "Rajinikanth, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar. Talk about each of them.
Right from the time I did Dabangg, I would get offered South films. I was apprehensive as I did not know the language, but when I was offered a film with Rajini sir, I automatically wanted to be a part of it as he is the best. He is the simplest man I have ever met. He is most humble. So many fans used to come and meet him on the shoot and he would acknowledge each and every one of them. He has no airs about himself. He would be the first to come on set and get ready. And while on set, he would not go back to his van at all other than to eat and would mingle with everyone. He would be so comfortable both onscreen and off screen. When people would ask him for pictures, while he was in hair, makeup and costume, he would ask them to wait and come back normally dressed for them to take pictures. That's how much he is comfortable with himself. It was amazing to see someone like that. The other person who hardly goes to his van is Salman Khan. He too always sits outside his van. He will go in just to go to the loo or change. But otherwise he has a set up outside the van, with his chair, table where he chills. Salman is very honest. He has known me since I was 17 and has seen me grow up as an actor and as a person. His honesty is something that I appreciate and I love the fact that he is so unaffected by his stardom. Akshay is very composed and calm. He is the calmest person I have ever met. Nothing fazes him. And he sees everything in such a positive light. And he doesn't bitch at all. He has no interest in gossip, but is a very funny person otherwise. Everything that comes out of his mouth is a joke.Is there a wish list of an actor you want to work with?
I want to work with Hrithik as he is such a wonderful actor and he is such a fabulous dancer that I want to do a song with him.Your experience working on Tevar?
Boney uncle and Sanjay chachu have both been very involved as producers. They have literally run the film like a household. Boney uncle is a very sweet person and he would take personal care and ask, 'Beta khana khaya kya?' He has treated me like a daughter on the set. He would take the liberty of having known me and would get random people who wanted to take pictures with me to take pictures in the same way that my dad would have done. It was really nice to work like that for a change. What I like about him is the fact that he is so passionate about making a film and does not look at it as a business proposition. He has only looked at it like a labour of love.
Edited by .King-Of-Kings - 28 December 2014 at 12:15pm