Unlike her twin brothers, Luv and Kush, Sonakshi Sinha, daughter of yesteryear actor Shatrughan, was never quite in to films. "I would get bored sitting on the sets when dad was shooting. I hated being a passive audience, so I would often return home half-way through. I never had a cinematic bent of mind, "recalls the 22-year-old, who is set to make her debut opposite Salman Khan in Abhinav Kashyap's film Dabangg.
It was Khan, long-time family friend, who helped her change her mind, insists the debutante. "In college I was hugely overweight. But when I lost those extra 30 kilos, I was coaxed by Salman uncle to take a look at the script. Once I did, it was too exciting to let go of the offer. I suppose it’s not that I was averse to acting. It was just that there was nothing exciting to make an effort for," Sonakshi Sinha said, in between a short break from her dubbing session at a Mumbai studio.
Dabangg - The film, is set in a fictional place, Lalganj, in Uttar Pradesh, and portrays Sinha as a headstrong village girl. The film also stars actors Sonu Sood, Vinod Khanna, Dimple Kapadia, Anupam Kher, Mahie Gill and Arbaaz Khan and is a character-based family drama. Arbaaz Khan debuts as a producer with this project.
Acting opposite Salman turned out to be quite a ball. "I have known him since my childhood, so it was not intimidating at all. Also, my character required me to speak shudh Hindi, which is something I am proficient at. I did not have to practice an accent or take language classes since we all speak Hindi at home," says Sonakshi Sinha, with the air of a seasoned actor. Her mother chaperoned her on the sets, whipping up lovely meals for the unit, but Sinha says she spent the time between shots taking painting lessons from Salman and indulging in her passion for photography.
Her dad is yet to see her in front of the camera, but Sonakshi Sinha says she does imbibe his style of acting. "There is a subtle resemblance between us on screen, but that’s natural, "says the youngster, who was training to be a fashion designer before the offer came along. While her Brother Luv’s debut film Sadiyaan might have sunk at the Box Office without a trace, despite immense support from their father, for her debut Sonakshi Sinha is keeping her fingers crossed. "I am enjoying acting now. I will gladly accept my father's patronage, but I know there will be a time when I have to break away and do my own thing", Sonakshi Sinha says.