Actor Sonakshi Sinha never really set out to be an actor. Her entry into the film industry as accidental.
The young star's perception about acting and films changed after her debut in 'Dabangg'. She feels that every project that she has done so far, whether 'Rowdy Rathore' or 'Action Jackson' or 'Tevar' or 'Force 2', has given her the chance to discover the actor in her. Sonakshi, who was in the city recently for 'Blenders Pride Fashion Tour', takes time off to chat about her life as an actor.
What do you have to say about your meteoric rise in Bollywood?
I have done 18 films in just seven years. Having worked with so many directors, I have learnt so much. Every project teaches you something new. I have now reached a stage where I can take my time and choose the characters.
What made you get into acting?
I never wanted to be an actor and it just happened to me. It is Salman Khan who wanted me to work in 'Dabangg'. He believed that I had it in me to become an actor. I haven't looked back since.
Which actor do you like to match your steps with?
Prabhu Deva sir is a big challenge to dance with. The open and carefree style of dancing is what I learnt from him. I also think Salman has his own style and Akshay Kumar has so much energy. It's a pleasure dancing with them all.
An actor you wish to work with...
I want to act with Hrithik Roshan because I find him to be a warm person and a wonderful actor. I have been following him since my school days.
How has your father influenced you?
He is a very genuine and honest man. As a person, I would like to be like him and speak my mind like he does. I would love to have a personality like my father.
How do you manage to stay lively at all times?
I am a big ball of energy. So when I get roles that give me that opportunity to expend my energy, I choose it because I really enjoy being on screen, singing and dancing. I feel acting is an outlet for my energy.
Tell us about your interest in singing...
Just like I enjoy acting, painting and sketching, singing is also an integral part of me. I am not saying that I want to sing every kind of song but there are a few songs that I am keen on singing.
How do you handle negativity?
I just block it out. I am always surrounded by people who are good and genuine. I think it helps to have a positive attitude.
What's in the pipeline?
I have just finished shooting for a comedy with Diljit Dosanjh and Karan Johar. I am currently working on 'Happy Bhag Jayegi Returns' which has a great cast and has me in an interesting role.
Thoughts on Bengaluru...
I have been coming to Bengaluru at least twice a year since my college days because some of my best friends live here. I stay with them and hang out with them.