Ok…so I get up late on a Friday. It’s 12pm and the first thing I do before I sip my hot cuppa chai is log on to Twitter and Facebook. Cut to Thursday afternoon. When you log in, you see the entire world awake, Bollywood celebrities going ga-ga about the Dabangg promo. From veterans like Satish Kaushik to new comers like Imran Khan, the list was endless. I too send a text message to Sonakshi congratulating her and the promo. She replies in affirmative saying that she will call up once she gets a bit free from her prior commitments. Cut to Friday. It’s 12.15pm. I sip my tea and comment on the twitter page of Sonakshi Sinha, “You didn’t call. OMG.” At 12.16pm, my phone rings and my blackberry signals, ‘Sonakshi Sinha calling’. I love Twitter, we all do, don’t we? But we all love Sonakshi Sinha too. Yes, it just wasn’t the promo which took the tweetiepies by surprise, oh no! It was the fact that the word ‘beautiful’ had a new meaning and it all changed on a mystic Friday afternoon. Welcome Sonakshi Sinha. Welcome to the world where dreams are sold, welcome the newest of the many Sinha’s who’ve taken our cinema to new heights.
So elated is this beautiful girl, that she spoke her heart out, “I spoke to Rani Mukerji, my favourite actress. I got hundreds of text messages, my Twitter page was all filled up and my mother was keeping track on all of it.”
So when asked, what did the eldest of the Sinha member, Mr Shatrughan Sinha thought of the Dabangg promo, Sonakshi answered, “My father and I saw the promo together and instead of me watching the promo, I was looking at him. He had tears in his eyes after seeing the Dabangg promo. He loved it and that for him, was his most emotional moment. For me too.”
But it’s not only Dabangg which she wants to talk about, the daughter of Shatrughan Sinha is very excited and anxiously waiting for his father’s best ever role to come out in RGV’s Rakta Charitra. She quotes, “I am eagerly looking forward to Rakta Charitra. I did visit the sets with my mother one day while he was shooting one of the key scenes with Vivek Oberoi. Whatever I saw, I had no words to describe it. It’s like sounding too biased but it’s still the truth. He is a class apart.”
But before we parted ways, I had to ask the debutant, what she thought when people commented on Dabangg to open with a bang at the box office this Eid. “It’s obviously going to work well for me as an individual if that’s what the trade pundits have predicted. It’s going to do even better for the Khans (Arbaaz, Salman) and Shree Ashtavinayak, as we all have had faith in this project right from the day of its inception. Never before has anyone commented so much in advance before a Hindi film’s release and that too on networking sites. Thank you Twitter and Facebook.”
Now imagine a life without these networking sites. For starters, it’s working…and how! And as I write the final words to end this brief but beautiful talk with Sonakshi, two more Bollywood celebrities, Riteish Deshmukh and Kunal Kapoor tweet – “Extremely happy for my friend Arbaaz ‘Robinhood Pandey’ Khan and Dabangg looks like a Hindi pulp movie. Really looking forward to this one.”
I hope Mr Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe are following our Indian ‘Robinhood’ Pandey. A much needed inspiration for them!