While in the early part of her career, Sonakshi Sinha appeared alongside male superstars like Salman Khan (Dabanng), Akshay Kumar (Rowdy Rathore) and Ajay Devgan (Son Of Sardaar), her career took a swerve towards self-actualization when she decided to be her own hero in a slate of films. Here ‘s celebrating Sonakshi The Hero.
In this Vikram Motwane-directed film, Sonakshi played a girl literally dying for love. As she withered in bereavement, we saw her amazing physical transformation. I remember telling Sonakshi’s proud father (Shatrughan Sinha) that she reminded me of Satyajait Ray’s heroine Madhabi Mukherjee in the way she carried herself physically and emotionally. Ranveer Singh, for once, moved aside to let his leading lady take centrestage. We never saw Sonakshi invest the same level of commitment to any other character.
Designed as Bollywood’s Kill Bill, Sonakshi played our own Uma Thurman. Interestingly the original Telugu film had a male actor playing Akira’s role. Akira lost out on a great opportunity be a rare action film with a female hero in the lead. The plot got trapped between Anurag Kashyap’s sneering and a shower of gruesomeness. More Oh-Ma than Uma, I must say.
As a small-time investigative journalist who stumbles on a big life-changing story, Sonakshi would have scored big were it not for the fact that the film suffered several dilutions. For one, the original Pakistani novel Karachi, You’re Killing Me by Saba Imtiaz had to be relocated to Mumbai for political reasons. From there, it was downhill for the project. Though well-intended, the message of sensational scooping versus the conscience got compromised even before the protagonist’s conscience.
Happy Phir Bhaag Jayegi(2016):
A sequel to Happy Bhaag Jayegi where Sonakshi is kidnapped and taken to another country. The ensuing confusion gave a wide berth to Sinha to convey her range as an actress. But somehow this film, like the others where Sonakshi played the hero, did not attain its full impact.
Khaandani Shafakhana (2019):
And now Sonakshi is back in the central part. Playing Baby Bedi, a feisty sex consultant, Sonakshi pulls out all stops to deliver a rousing performance. Will this film finally establish her as actress who can play the hero convincingly?