Sonakshi Sinha: I want to play a badass girl on screen – Times of India

It has taken a little over a decade for Sonakshi Sinha to navigate her space and find her rhythm in Bollywood. From playing the demure and propah heroine, she’s now found her comfort in going after characters which churn her insides and connect with her at an emotional level. Whether it’s the role of a cop in Reema Kagti’s show, her character in Double XL or the one she’s reportedly playing in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s web-series, Heera Mandi. Although she can barely scrape through a horror film as an audience, she has played a pivotal part in a horror comedy, called Kakuda.

“I don’t want to do anything that’s repetitive, ever. With every passing piece of work, I’m only attempting a new genre. Like the horror-comedy space. I don’t even watch horror films. In that sense, acting in one was tough. I have to admit that I enjoyed being a part of that crew. The process was so much fun. More than anything else today, the work has to offer some sort of a challenge to me. Trust me, even after working in a horror-comedy, I can’t watch one. I will make an exception to watch Kakuda because we did such interesting things. Like, I have realised that a lot of things depend on VFX in such films. On so many occasions, I found myself emoting or reacting to things that weren’t even there. I had to imagine them happening or being there. That’s the real challenge in this space.”

After over a dozen years in business, Sonakshi admits that she feels drawn to changes at every level. “When you see the tide shifting in the business, it feels great to be able to rise to the challenges that come along. With avenues opening up, industries becoming a more cohesive space and so many sub-genres of content opening up, we have so much to choose from and so much that we can experiment with. Like, I have worked in the South before. I haven’t done a project there in a long time due to my commitments here, but now, I would like to look at something there. I just find so much variety in our content today, both as a consumer and a performer. It is mind-boggling. So, now if I have to say yes to something, it has to be the weight of the role being offered, the way it moves me and whether I can imagine myself doing what the character in the movie or the show is doing. My instinct charges me towards a role. As an artiste, I’m now veering towards roles that make me happy.”

In her years as an actor, Sonakshi has barely ever played a badass character. Ittefaq was the closest, she says, that she ever got to playing a negative part. “I badly want to play a negative character. I want to play a badass girl on screen. I really want to sink my teeth into something of that sort. I have never really played an outright badass. And that’s also because no one quite writes that kind of stuff for women. But I want to venture into that space. Now, that’s a challenge and that’s a space that I positively want to explore in the coming time,” she sums up.

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