Sonakshi Sinha who sashayed into Bollywood with Salman Khan's Dabangg was often accused of taking up roles of damsel in distress. However last year, the actress shut silent a majority of her critics by taking up Akira where we saw her beating the bad guys to pulp with her kicks and punches. Next, she will be seen playing a journalist in Sunhil Sippy's Noor.
Recently at the trailer launch event of this film, Sonakshi said that she is not feeling any pressure for being the sole audience-puller for Noor, but is, in fact, enjoying every bit of the responsibility as it makes her feel more independent as a performer. She further added that it shows that she has come a long way in her career and doesn't depend on any other star for the success of her movie today.
The actress was quoted as saying, "What I saw during Akira and now with Noor, I feel liberated that I don't have to depend on anyone else to carry the film. I have such a solid team support that I don't need anyone else. Also, once you become independent and you know you can move ahead, that's the best feeling in the world. I am happy to carry this film on my shoulders, along with my team. And, I have pretty strong shoulders."
She further added, "I didn't miss any big actor at all. The way this film had been written, it needed real people. I had never met Kanan or Shibani before we started shooting but we play best friends in the film and we gelled really well. Each one of them has portrayed their roles so beautifully that you will feel that there are real people on screen. I don't think anyone else could have done these parts as well as these actors."
Sonakshi further revealed that Noor is extremely close to her heart. When quizzed about the changing perception of Bollywood towards female performers, Sonakshi said such questions should end now because she believes that today, women are getting great opportunities in Hindi cinema.
She added, "There's nothing that women can't do, so what is the big deal about filmmaking and promoting it? We are doing that and will do a lot of other things too. Today, there are such wonderful characters being written, films are being made keeping female protagonists in mind. I think now this has become a normal thing and I am happy that the industry is moving in that direction and giving us opportunities to portray characters, which people can only dream of."
Now, that's a valid point, Sona!
Meanwhile talking about Noor, the film is a slice of life drama based on a regular girl's misadventures as she navigates her life through a big city. The film is slated to release on 21st April.