Sonakshi Sinha born 2 June 1987 is an Indian film actress.She is daughter of actors Shatrughan Sinha and Poonam Sinha.
After working as a costume designer in her early career, Sinha made her acting debut in the action-drama film Dabangg (2010),
which won her all the Debut awards including the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.
Sinha has played the romantic interest of the male protagonists in several top-grossing action-dramas, including Rowdy
Rathore (2012), Son of Sardaar (2012), Dabangg 2 (2012) and Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty (2014), though she was
criticized for taking up roles that offered her limited scope. She received critical acclaim for her portrayal of a woman suffering
from tuberculosis in the romantic drama Lootera (2013), for which she received a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best
In addition to acting in films, she sung a small part in the Imran Khan song “Let’s Celebrate” in her film Tevar (2015). She then
made her official singing debut with the single “Aaj Mood Isqholic hai” and sung in a total of four of her films.
Sinha was born on 2 June 1987 in Patna into a Maithilis Kayastha family. Her father, Shatrughan Sinha and her mother Poonam
Sinha (née Chandiramani) are actors in Hindi Cinema. Her father is now a political member of Bharatiya Janata Party. She is
the youngest of three children, her two elder brothers, Luv Sinha and Kush Sinha are twins. She did her schooling at Arya Vidya
Mandir and later graduated in fashion designing from Premlila Vithaldas Polytechnic of Shreemati Nathibai Damodar
Thackersey Women’s University.
Debut and breakthrough (2010–13)
Sinha started her career as a costume designer, designing the costumes for films such as Mera Dil Leke Dekho in 2005.She
made her acting debut in the 2010 film Dabangg, in which she starred opposite Salman Khan. It went on to become the
highest-grossing film of 2010 and ultimately emerged as an all-time blockbuster. Sinha had to lose 30 kg in preparation for the
role as a village girl. Her performance was well received, with noted critic Taran Adarsh noting that “Sonakshi Sinha looks
fresh, acts confidently and pairs off very well with Salman. Most importantly, she delivers the right expressions and is not
overpowered by the galaxy of stars in the cast.” Although Sinha had no film releases in 2011, she won awards for her debut.
This included the Filmfare Award as well as the IIFA Awards among many others.
Sinha had four releases in 2012, her first being Prabhu Deva’s Rowdy Rathore, opposite Akshay Kumar. The film opened to
mixed reviews from critics, although it had a strong opening at the box office, collecting approx. ₹150.6 million (US$2.3 million)
on the first day and eventually became a blockbuster.
Sinha at DVD launch of Rowdy Rathore in 2012.
However, critic Rajeev Masand criticized her ornamental role and wrote that Sinha “seems to exist in this film only to have her
midriff repeatedly pinched by Akshay Kumar.” Her next film, Shirish Kunder’s Joker, also opposite Akshay Kumar, proved to be
a commercial disaster at the box office and received overwhelmingly negative reviews.
Her third film, Ashwni Dhir’s Son of Sardar, opposite Ajay Devgan, was poorly received by the critics, but proved to be an
economic success. Critic Saibal Chatterjee from NDTV noted that Sinha “endeavours to be pretty and dainty amid all the
madness.” Arbaaz Khan’s Dabangg 2, the sequel to her immensely successful debut garnered little praise from critics, though it
proved to be a major financial success. Sinha also dubbed for the voice of Tooth in the Hindi version of Rise of the Guardians
Sinha’s first film of 2013 was Vikramaditya Motwane’s period romance-drama Lootera, placing her opposite Ranveer Singh.
Despite receiving a lukewarm response at the box office, the film and Sinha gathered praise, with Sinha’s portrayal of
Pakhi, a Bengali girl who is dying of tuberculosis, receiving universal acclaim from critics. Sarita Tanwar notes that “the star of
the film is undoubtedly Sonakshi Sinha [who gives] a mature and refined performance. She lives the character body and soul.”
Raja Sen agrees, saying that “Sonakshi Sinha plays Pakhi beautifully, creating a character who is immaculately wide-eyed and
possesses casual, yet unmistakable, grace. It is a performance that starts off dreamily soft and turns harder, and she does
well-etched dialogue justice like few actresses can. There’s a discernible vulnerability to Pakhi throughout the film, and Sinha
brings out this fragility perfectly without ever overplaying it.”
Sinha appeared in Milan Luthria’s crime romance film Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara!, the sequel to Once Upon a
Time in Mumbaai, in which she was paired with Akshay Kumar again, as well as Imran Khan. The movie was a commercial
disappointment and critic Mohar Basu labeled her “a chatterbox replete with idioticity which the director frames as naiveness.”
She then appeared in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Bullett Raja opposite Saif Ali Khan, a box office flop. Her final release of the year
was Prabhu Deva’s R… Rajkumar opposite Shahid Kapoor. A moderate commercial success, the film and her performance
received negative reviews. Taran Adarsh labeled her “repetitive” and noted that she needed to “reinvent herself.”
Recent work (2014–present)
In 2014, after providing her voice for the voice of Jewel in the Hindi-dubbed Rio 2, Sinha was seen in A.R. Murugadoss’s action
thriller Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty, a remake of the director’s Tamil film Thuppakki. Starring opposite Akshay Kumar,
Sinha appeared as a boxer. It received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics and emerged as a box office hit. Jyoti Sharma
Bawa said of Sinha’s portrayal: “Sonakshi has nothing to do much in the film and overacts in places. For an actor who has
already proved her mettle in the acting department, this definitely is a downer.” Sinha appeared in a music video with Yo Yo
Honey Singh titled Superstar.In July, Sinha jointly bought a team in the World Kabaddi League. Her second release of 2014
was Prabhu Deva’s Action Jackson, with Ajay Devgn and Yami Gautam.
Sonakshi Sinha with Ajay Devgn during the promotions of Action Jackson (2014)
She made her Kollywood debut opposite Rajinikanth in KS Ravikumar’s Lingaa, her final release in 2014. She then appeared
in Boney Kapoor’s remake of Okkadu, titled Tevar (2015), opposite Arjun Kapoor. For the last of these, Rajeev Masand wrote:
“Sonakshi Sinha, playing another simpering damsel in another South remake, once again has nothing to do. She appears
content showing up for a few dance numbers, and waiting around for a man to save her.”
Sonakshi released her debut single “Aaj Mood Ishqholic Hai”, in collaboration with Meet Bros on 23 December 2015.
In 2016, Sinha starred in the remake of the 2011 Tamil film Mouna Guru, entitled Akira, an action-drama from director AR
Murugadoss, in which she plays an aggressive college student for which she got praised. Then, she appeared in Abhinay
Deo’s action-thriller Force 2, opposite John Abraham.The film was commercially success. In 2017, She was seen in Sunil
Sippy’s comedy Noor based on Saba Imtiaz’s novel Karachi, You’re Killing Me!. She features in the titular role of Noor
alongside Kanan Gill, Shibani Dandekar and Purab Kohli. Then she appeared in Abhay Chopra’s remake of the 1969 murder
mystery Ittefaq, opposite Sidharth Malhotra, and Akshay Khanna.
In March 2017, Sinha announced that she is currently working on a new single. She also confirmed that she will perform as the
opening act for Canadian singer Justin Bieber’s Purpose World Tour concert at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai on 10 May,
where she hopes to launch her new single.
In 2018, she was seen in Welcome to New York, with an ensemble cast including Diljit Dosanjh, Karan Johar, Riteish
Deshmukh, Lara Dutta, Boman Irani. The first film based on the award show and the hell of ride after it. It was shot in IIFA
Awards 2017 and it was a Box Office Bomb. She’s currently shooting for Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi with Diana Penty, Abhay
Deol, Ali Fazal, Jimmy Shergill & Jassi Gill. The film is slated to release in the 24 August,2018. After that, she will reprise her
role in Dabangg 3, with Salman Khan & Arbaaz Khan. It will be directed by Prabhu Deva. The film’s shooting will start in the
April 2018, and is slated to release in December 2018. Then She also has a spacial appearance in Nikhil Advani’s to be
directed film based on the infamous Batra House in Delhi. Saif Ali Khan is also a part of the film. She will also be seen in a
song of Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se & a cameo role in Race 3.
Sonakshi Sinha is a professed animal lover, and she had posed for a PETA campaign advocating the adoption and sterilization
of dogs and cats. She has starred in a one-minute video PSA, urging everyone to adopt animals and have them sterilised. She
has been quoted saying: “Breeders, pet stores and people who don’t sterilize their animals are responsible for all the animals
who end up homeless. Every time someone buys a dog or cat from a breeder or pet store, a homeless animal roaming the
streets or waiting in an animal shelter loses a chance at a home and a good life.”