Pics: Sonakshi-Prabhu Dheva shooting for OMG Oh My God
While Sonakshi Sinha’s sticking to principles which come with her surname, she says it doesn’t mean that she’s too rigid
Garima Sharma (BOMBAY TIMES; July 9, 2012)
Of all that’s keeping Bollywood actresses in vogue, item numbers seem to be the flavour of the season, and joining the long list is Sonakshi Sinha. The actress shot a special dahi handi number for Akshay Kumar’s upcoming film OMG Oh My God! this weekend, and BT has exclusive pictures of the filming. Choreographed by Prabhu Dheva, the number Go Govinda features Sonakshi and him dancing to this Himesh Reshammiya song. Dressed in denims and a short white top, an outfit chosen by her fans through a contest on timesofindia.indiatimes.com, the actress chatted with us about dancing with Prabhu, even as he told us, “Sonakshi is a superb dancer and has her own distinct style. This is her third film, and look at her perform. By her tenth film, she’ll be in a league of her own.” Excerpts from an interview:
Why is every actress — you included —doing an item number these days? What’s the catch?
Every song is also being called an item number irrespective of what it is, but this is a special Gokulashtami song. Having Prabhu Dheva in the same frame as me was the biggest catch; plus Akshay asked me to do it. He made me hear it and I immediately started dancing to it, so I knew it was a good one… I’ve been approached before for similar appearances and I’ve not done it because it has to be something which really clicks with me. I wouldn’t do it just for the heck of it.
You’ve just finished Son Of Sardaar, your dad’s been unwell, you’re shooting for Dabangg 2 and will soon start OUATIM2. How do you make time for yourself with such a packed schedule?
When I pack up, I go home and be with friends and family — that’s my unwinding space. But, I don’t like to go home and discuss work except for the obvious — momma will ask me how my day was but other than that, nothing. I like to switch off as soon as someone screams pack up. In reality, I switch on and switch off with the camera only. Once I am home, I am a family person.
You have the image of a family-oriented girl who doesn’t cross certain boundaries and it seems to have worked for you. Weren’t you worried that the industry may not accept an actress who has such restrictions?
Contrary to belief, it’s not difficult to be a desi girl. I don’t have any dearth of films which are coming my way. And the work I’m doing doesn’t require me to do any of that. I have certain principles which I’m going by, and none of my producers or directors have any complaints. Dabangg opened up a lot of avenues for me. People ask me about my desi avatar and if it’s risky. And I always ask them if they know of any newcomer who has signed six films after their debut.
Never felt the need to loosen up a bit or be a little less rigid about these principles?
They’re very proud I follow it like this. But I’m not that rigid. I’m not walking around in a burkha. I’m doing what I am required to do.
Despite being so, you’re invariably linked up ever so often. How do parents react to that?
My parents have been here too long to know what’s true and what isn’t. They know me well enough to understand that I’d never hide such things from them. And anyway, if an actress is single, she has to be linked up. So, it’s fine by me and it’s fine by them. They know the truth.
But why is Sonakshi single?
I wish I had the time for love. I have been working around the clock and my goals are very different right now. But most importantly, I am happy. I like coming on the sets every day, meeting new people, dancing, singing… Basically just going things I enjoy. When love has to happen, it will.
Then why are you keeping charming men at bay like you said in a recent interview? Not even open to casual dating?
I don’t believe in casual dating. When I find the one, I’ll see how I balance my personal and professional commitments. Right now, there’s no time for it.
When you debuted with Dabangg, much was said about Salman choosing you over Narmmadaa Ahuja. Why didn’t you ever give your perspective on it?
I wasn’t even aware of all of that when things like that were said. I’ve been brought up in a family which believes that when people say bad things about you, it’s a very good sign. That is what my parents told me even then. If only good is written about you, people get bored about. People like spice, gossip, etc, and it’s always better to be written about than not. So, I follow that.
OMG Oh My God! is presented by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Grazing Goat Productions.