Sonakshi Sinha: "When an Akshay Kumar or a Salman Khan Does a Film, No One Calls it a Male-Centric Film"
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Sonakshi Sinha: "When an Akshay Kumar or a Salman Khan Does a Film, No One Calls it a Male-Centric Film"

Sonakshi Sinha will next be seen in Khandaani Shafakhana, releasing on 2nd August. The actress talked about labeling projects as ‘women-centric’.

Sonakshi Sinha has been working in Bollywood movies since the past nine years. She made her debut with the blockbuster Dabangg opposite Salman Khan and has gone on to do movies, such as Noor and Akira, which don’t have a strong male lead. Sonakshi will be seen in another such role in her film Khandaani Shafakhana, where she plays a happy-go-lucky Punjabi girl who has to run her maternal uncle’s sex clinic in a small town. In a recent interview with Indian Express, the actress spoke about her choice of roles.

“I want to be that actress whom a filmmaker can think of putting in any kind of film. That’s what I have been doing for the last nine years. That’s what keeps me engaged with my work and makes me love it more,” she said. Sonakshi also spoke about gender disparity in Bollywood and the trend of labelling projects as ‘female-centric’. “I just want this whole thing of calling a film led by a female artiste ‘woman centric’ to go away because when an Akshay (Kumar) or a Salman (Khan) does a film, no one calls it a male-centric film. A film is a film. Period. We should stop categorising them. We should treat them as equals,” she said.

She mentioned how some actors reject scripts which have a stronger female lead and it would be nice to have more men supporting women in the industry. Her next drama-comedy film, Khandaani Shafakhana, has been directed by debutante Shilpi Dasgupta and also stars Varun Sharma and rapper Badshah, who will be making his Bollywood debut with this film. While expressing her excitement about Khandaani Shafakhana, which is releasing on 2nd August, Sonakshi said that it was “a great time to be an actress in Bollywood” because of the wide variety of scripts.

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By Ayesha Hoda
Ayesha Hoda is a senior communications professional and writer, currently based in Dubai, UAE.