There are not many leading actresses in the Hindi film industry
who shed their 'girly' look to play a strong sportsperson on the
big screen. But Sonakshi, who has also studied fashion designing,
has no qualms about essaying such roles.
"I was interested in it immediately because I played sports in
school and college. Personality wise, the role is closest to me as
possible. It was like being myself on screen and doing what I love
to do," Sonakshi said.
"I would love to do a film in the future where I can explore
this facet a little bit more where I can play sports probably
longer," added the actress, known for serenading the big screen in
saris-backless blouse or bright coloured traditional attires with
her curls left loose in movies.
For the scene, in which she is seen as a boxer participating in
an inter-college championship, she took some training from Olympics
bronze medallist Vijender Singh and her co-star Akshay Kumar
too gave her tips to prepare for the role.
She said that the 'Ghajini' director wanted her to look
as realistic as possible, so be it her co-star Akshay or Vijender,
who will soon make his acting debut with Akshay's production
Fugly, all forces got together to help her get into the
skin of the character.
"He (Murugadoss) didn't want me to look girly or stylised or
fake. Akshay showed me a little bit about boxing and made me meet
boxer Vijender Singh who told me about the body language of a boxer
and that helped in making it more convincing on the screen," said
"The sporty look was styled by Sakshi Mehra, who is my stylist.
Rest of the film has been done by Ami Patel," she said. While she
is yet to get an offer that would let her step into shoes of a
sportsperson, she is thrilled about being chosen for the role in
"Akshay has worked with me before and he knew I am into sports.
We've played sports on many of our film sets. He knew that I would
be capable of pulling off the character and would be able to do
what the role requires me to do physically," said the actress, who
acted with the 46-year-old in movies like Rowdy Rathore
Holiday produced by Vipul Shah and presented by
Reliance Entertainment, will hit theatres on June 6.