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On Sonakshi being told not to do Lootera: ‘I was discouraged from doing it’ | Bollywood

by Joe Bourn

Sonakshi Sinha once spoke about why she took on the unconventional role in her film Lootera after starring in commercial hits like Dabangg and Rowdy Rathore. She said she never chose a role to prove her point. However, she said she was warned about making an “arty film” as many believed she should be more “mature” for such a genre. Read also: Sonakshi Sinha shares update from her new Mumbai apartment with stunning sea view


Sonakshi Sinha as Pakhi Roy Chaudhary in Lootera.



Directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, Lootera is loosely based on The Last Leaf by author O. Henry. Starring Sonakshi Sinha and Ranveer Singh. While the film underperformed at the box office, it was critically acclaimed, especially for Sonakshi and Ranveer’s performances.

Sonakshi Sinha chooses unconventional roles

During an interview at Filmfare in 2017, Sonakshi was asked about the reason behind choosing unconventional roles. She said, “I don’t think I’m that pretty. And I’ve never done a role to prove anything. I did Lootera because it came during the period when I was doing masala films. It offered a refreshing change. The script was beautiful. My role was that of a tuberculosis patient. But I never consciously sought such a role. Just happened.”



“Everyone around me was telling me not to do the ‘artty’ movie. I was told the time was not right. That I had to be very mature to play this role. It discouraged me from doing this film. But I felt so strongly about the character that I went ahead and did it. And I’m glad it was appreciated,” added the actor.

Lootera’s success despite being a failure

Lootera earned Sonakshi a Best Actress nomination at an award function. Apart from Sonakshi’s performance, the film is considered a breakthrough in Ranveer Singh’s career. The film also received high praise for its songs, including Monali Thakur’s Sawaar Loon.

Sonakshi’s upcoming projects

Sonakshi turned a year older on Friday. He is currently riding high on his Prime Video hit series, Dahaad. She will next be seen in Kakuda, Nikita Roy and The Book of Darkness and Bade Miyan Chote Miyan. He also has Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period web series Heeramandi in the pipeline.



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