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Exclusive: Sonakshi Sinha interview: 'I'm in the right place at the right time'

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Sonakshi Sinha became an overnight sensation when she made her debut with Salman Khan in Dabangg. The actress has since gone on to work with Akshay Kumar in the blockbuster film Rowdy Rathore and Ajay Devgan in Son of Sardaar.

After her first two films went straight into the 100 crore club, she was hailed as something of a lucky mascot in Bollywood and has filmmakers and leading stars queuing up to work with her. With four major releases in 2013, she is one of the most in-demand actresses in the industry.

Sonakshi Sinha in Thank God It's Friday


Carving a niche for herself based on her traditional Indian looks, Sinha has eschewed the trend for exposure in films and has been vocal in her determination to star only in films for a family audience.

After the success of her song 'Go! Go! Go! Govinda' in OMG!, the actress - whose father is '80s icon Shatrughan Sinha - makes a special appearance for a disco track called 'Thank God It's Friday' in Sajid Khan's reworking of the '80s Jeetendra starrer Himmatwala.

Digital Spy caught up with Sonakshi on set during the shooting of the song. She told us what she thinks of the '80s and why she believes there's nothing wrong with remakes or item numbers.

You are too young to have experienced the '80s, but what do you think of the fashion and style of the era featured in Himmatwala?
"The song is set in the 1980s and it's a disco song, so it's really different. The clothes are really extravagant and it's a lot of fun for me to shoot a song like this as well. The song is very different from something that the audience would expect me to do, which is why I found it so exciting and wanted to be a part of it."

Himmatwala is a remake of the 1983 film starring Jeetendra. What is your view of remakes?
"I've done two remakes, Rowdy Rathore and Son of Sardaar, and I see nothing wrong with it. The originals were in a language that not everyone understands so when you're making it in another language you can reach a much wider audience. That's how I look at it. It's just a means of showing a great film to a wider audience who might not see it otherwise. So why not remake it and present it in that language?"

'Himmatwala' movie poster


You're perceived as an actress who portrays the traditional Indian girl. Are you worried about being typecast or that the audience might not accept you in a more contemporary image?
"It's not that I'm not accepted in a modern image because my endorsements are mostly in western wear. When I go to my events I wear western clothes. I don't pick my roles based on what clothes I have to wear. I pick roles because of the character I have to portray and the public have enjoyed seeing me in those roles."

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."

What do you think of the discussion around item songs and their effect on attitudes towards women?
"My opinion is that you cannot really blame cinema for the result of what is somebody's mindset. I think it's just entertainment. For me I've always believed in doing things that I can sit and watch with my family. So far I think I've stuck to that and I will also in the future."

Himmatwala is scheduled to release on March 29. Watch a trailer below:

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