Sonakshi Sinha made her Bollywood debut with Dabangg in 2010. Exactly seven years later, she came out with Noor, where she played a feisty, albeit spoilt, journalist who had 99 first-world problems but playing second fiddle to a male hero wasn’t one of them. After being dismissed as the girl who only does damsels in distress kind of roles, with little to no substance, Sonakshi started picking characters more carefully a couple of years ago.
Over the last few years, we have seen a rise in women-centric films that do well at the box office. With roles in films like Lootera, Akira, and Noor, Sonakshi has made one thing clear – she ain’t no damsel, but someone who knows how to play by the rules of the game. With more and more films introducing multiple female leads (think Veere Di Wedding), Sonakshi has also signed up for Happy Bhaag Jayegi Returns, which also stars Diana Penty, who was the lead in the previous instalment.
Given the fact that we still live in a patriarchal society, where the concept of pitting women against one another makes for titillating entertainment, a leading daily asked her about any possible “cat fights” on the sets. Pat came Sonakshi’s reply: “I don’t understand why that’s said only about heroines. I can tell you men are more insecure and also gossip more than women (laughs). They are the ones who gossip the most.”
When further quizzed about what goes on in her mind when she’s offered roles in films that has more than one prominent female character, she said, “It’s absolutely fine as long as you are happy with your role and character. Why do you want to think about who else is doing what? If you are not happy, then you try to make tweaks if you enjoy the premise of the film. But other than that, if you are okay with what you are doing, do it else don’t. The choice is in your hands.”
She also slammed the idea that she wouldn’t do a film like that if she didn’t share a personal equation with the other heroine.
“No, how do you make equations like that all the time? So many times there have been actors whom I didn’t know or had an equation with when I worked with them for the first time. Akshaye Khanna, for instance. Why should it be any different for a heroine?”
FYI, she would love to work in a chick flick. Her choice of companions for the film? Jacqueline Fernandez and Alia Bhatt.
That’s all, you guys. This is what your attitude should be like when you hear a film will have more than one heroine.
— Sonakshi Sinha (@sonakshisinha) December 10, 2017
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