Sonakshi Sinha talks about her latest film, Bullett Raja, also starring Saif Ali Khan and Jimmy Shergil.
This is your first time working with Saif Ali Khan. Were you excited for this opportunity?
I think we make a very fresh pairing, I have wanted to work with Saif for a while now and was very excited to get the chance in Bullett Raja. Saif is a great actor and is so committed to his roles, I am very happy with how we look together on-screen and I would love the opportunity to work with him again.
Your role in the film is of a struggling Bengali actress, what did you think of your characters look in the film?
This is the second time I am playing a Bengali girl. But my character in Lootera was drastically different; I was playing a girl from the ’50s, who is a Zamindar’s daughter. In Bullett Raja, I am playing a contemporary Bengali girl. I loved my look for this role; it has a very traditional feel and there was a certain grace to it. Once I was in the costume, everyone was shocked to see how Bengali I looked. I wish the sequence we shot in that costume was a little longer, because I did not want to get out of it.
After having so much success so early in your career with your films, do you feel under pressure with every new release?
There’s no pressure actually. I really like what I do and if I think of it as pressure it would really bog me down. I feel I’m in the right place at the right time because there are a lot of films right now where, for me as an actor, there’s something I can give to them. So I truly believe I’m in the right place at the right time.
Do you feel overshadowed by your co-stars? Does less visibility bother you?
Never. I do my work to the best of my capacity. I don’t pick a role looking at its length. I take up a film because I would like to see it. People notice me, appreciate my work and dancing skills, so where’s the question of being overshadowed? No one has any complaints.
How would you describe this phase of your life?
I’ve come in at the right time and I’m getting films with great roles. It’s fabulous.
No one has ever heard of any stories of you fighting over a role or anything of that sort.
I’ve never had to fight for a role. Call it my ego or my self-respect, but I won’t pick up the phone and call a producer and fight or ask for a role. That’s not me. I’ve always got the best and my work speaks for itself.
But you’re always the Indian girl. Don’t you want to break that image?
People see me like that. I may play an Indian girl, but each role is different. If I’m offered a film where I need to play an urban character, I will. But these roles work for me. I’m not stuck in a rut and neither do I feel the need to break the norm. When a female star plays western roles only, no one asks her these questions. At 25, I can proudly say that I’m successful.
Bullet Raja releases in UK cinemas through 20th Century Fox on 29th November 2013.