Ever since the release of her debut film Dabangg, Sonakshi Sinha has appeared in quite a few films as a leading lady. Starting her career with a Rs. 100 Crore Superhit, she went on to deliver four more centuries in quick time. Of late though, she has been featuring in films that are not necessarily Rs. 100 Crore Club material but focus more on her character standing out. Last such film of hers was Akira where she was the central protagonist and soon enough, she would be seen playing the title role of Noor.
"If there is any time to take risk in the industry, it is now," says Sonakshi, who at one point in time was a hot favourite when it came to South remakes that guaranteed big moolah for most of the times, "Today, audience is much more open to see different kind of things on screen."
She is obviously referring to films like Noor, Akira and her next outing Ittefaq which is set in the setting of a single night.
"I hope audiences appreciate the effort that is put in such films," says Sonakshi who is quietly but smartly aiming to find a new set of audience base for her in the coming weeks, "With a film like Noor, I have promised myself that I would do play characters that would challenge me in some way or the other."
No wonder, she is happy to announce on the film's poster that 'Mera weight mere twitter followers se zyaada hai', hence not hesitating to have some laughs cantered around her.
"And the best part is that in the film I am not even acting, I am playing myself," she smiles, "Noor is such a relatable character; every girl and boy would see some part of his or her story being played in Noor's life. I am playing today's girl who loves life. The film is about her journey, work and relationships. It is a feel good film and I really enjoyed making it. It has been my quickest film till date."
The film is also an official adaptation of Pakistani's author Saba Imtiaz's novel Karachi, You're Killing Me. For director Sunhil Sippy's film version though, the stage and setting of Karachi has moved to Mumbai.
"We have changed the location from Pakistan to Mumbai in order to make it much more realistic," says Sonakshi, "Sunhil is very familiar with Mumbai. He is a street photographer, he sees Mumbai in a way which we also haven't seen it despite been born and brought up here. He would wake up at 5 AM and shoot at locations which you may not have even heard of."
While one waits to see it all unfold on the big screen now, rest assured Sonakshi has made a resolve to surprise herself as well as audiences with every film of hers. While Noor is indeed a beginning, one waits to see what unfolds next from her film diary.