We catch up with Sonakshi Sinha about Noor, today’s girls, nepotism, dealing with insecurities and more. Read on…
How’s the response to Noor?
Touchwood, it’s positive. Friends, family and online, I’m getting good response. Itna overall positive response bahut kam films ke liye milta hai. It’s always usually mixed but here it’s all positive.
What are the things people liked about the film?
I think the fact that the character of Noor is so relatable and anyone who watches it feels like ‘oh, I could be this person and I do this too’. You can connect with it immediately. It’s like meri bhi aisi equation hai best friend ke sath. It’s a very real character.
How much could you relate to Noor? Do you also party like her and do you have mad friends like her?
I actually don’t party like Noor. I have only partied for Noor (Laughs). But I connected with the character immediately because it’s not only about what you’re out-worldly seeing. There are a lot of things that girls would be able to relate with because she is a girl of today. She is a modern girl. She wants everything in life. She wants a great career, great job, she wants a perfect body, an amazing equation with her friends and family. Girls of today are like that. They want everything. They won’t satisfy anything for less. She is working on her life to achieve all of these things but only when she realizes that it’s ok to have imperfection, it’s ok to embrace your imperfection that’s when her life changes for better. You can’t keep chasing something unrealistic your entire life. You’ll never be happy. Until and unless you understand that this is who I am, this is how I should be and I should be myself. You will never be happy.
What’s secret of your happiness? We always see you happy and smiling…
For me it’s very important to accept yourself the way you are. To be happy doing what you are doing. So even when I’m working, my work doesn’t seem like work. It seems like a hobby. I’m doing it because I love to do it and when you find that balance in life, I think that automatically makes you happy. I have lovely friends and family, they are supportive and when you have strong support system you are in a place where your mood is always elevated and you are always smiling.
Have you ever pinpointed your imperfections?
Which girl hasn’t? Get me one girl who has not looked at herself critically. Who doesn’t have insecurities, who doesn’t have all these issues that you are seeing Noor face. I’m always a bit over critical of myself. Irrespective of how people perceive me, I over think a lot.
Overthinking is not a good thing…
Yeah, it’s not… A lot of problems arise because of overthinking but I’m like that. What do I do?
Who are your best friends?
My besties in real life have been my besties since school and college. They are Vidhi and Sakshi. They are my oldest friends.
What are the nuances you picked up for Noor?
I spoke to my director, Sunhil Sippy. I’m an actor who doesn’t really get into like preparation. I like to speak to my directors, understand their vision for the character that they want me to portray. I understand and then I play it. Then I add my own to bit what comes from within and I play the character in that manner. So there’s always a little bit of me in every character that I play.
Have you faced a situation like Noor does where you thought you are bored of what you are doing?
No (Laughs) and I hope that time doesn’t come but like I said I love what I do. I love the whole process of getting up, going on set, spending hours there, being in front of the camera, working with different people, meeting new people, seeing what you have done come to life on screen, the appreciation. I love it all. So for me I don’t think I have ever been in that situation where I have felt like putting my hands up and saying no. We are actually blessed to be in the position that we are in and I never want to take that for granted. We work hard for it, to reach a certain place, to have a certain following, you owe it to your audiences. You can’t certainly say one day that chalo, ab nahin karna.
Some people say that star kids get everything very easily…
Let them say that. Let’s not add more fuel to this conversation. It’s been going on for too long. It’s very pointless. Let them say what they want to say.
Nepotism is a trending topic these days…
I don’t know what it means. Let them say… yeh jo naya word ban gaya hai na… trend… karne do. Don’t want to get into only.
You are playing a journalist in Noor. If given a chance, who would you like to interview?
Haha… I would like to interview my director Sunhil Sippy. He is such a private person. He is a very interesting person and I think his entire journey is also very fascinating.