Sonakshi Sinha says that it felt amazing to carry a film on her shoulders in Akira, a film she feels she was born to do. Sonakshi Sinha who has worked with superstars like Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn in numerous action films, says that she learnt to do action from them.
At the trailer launch of her film Akira, Sonakshi was asked who her favourite action co-star was, she replied,
Dabangg is Salman, Rowdy is Akshay and Sardar is Ajay. The past five years I’ve been working with these guys and I have learned only maar peet from them.
It’s truly been a pleasure watching them do the action on screen. I love action films, I love to be a part of them and I’m really happy, thankful, grateful that I could be doing the action in this film myself.
It feels more than great. It feels amazing, it feels that I was waiting for this moment and I was born to do this. It’s been a lot of hard work for me to look the way I’ve looked in the film.
Sonakshi worked with Salman in two Dabangg Ajay in Son Of Sardaar and Action Jackson, all films having a good dose of action.
In Akira, Sonakshi reunites A.R. Murugadoss, her director on the film Holiday, also starring Akshay. Did Sonakshi take any tips from Akshay?
The biggest tip that he gave me was to be away from injuries, which even I was not able to follow. But he is a very sensible person when it comes to understanding proper form and martial arts.
Watching him while I was shooting with him in all the movies that I have done with him, watching him do the action, you get to learn a lot, and he’s always very involved with it, so he automatically teaches you without it being intentional.
About Murugadoss, Sonakshi Sinha said:
I really want to thank Murugadoss sir, who has worked with the best action heroes in our country. He trusted me with this kind of a film. He’s a fantastic director to work with. I was pleasantly surprised when he came to me with this film and he said that we’ll turn it around and make it a women-centric, hard-hitting film about this girl’s character.
Sonakshi Sinha is seen in all kinds of action in the film, throwing a flower pot, hitting goons with a stick, flashing guns as well as the kicks and punches style of action.
About the action she did in the film, Sonakshi said,
It feels great, there is always an adrenaline rush when you do scenes like that on set and with all these amazing stuntmen, fighters and action directors. It was quite exciting and really awesome.
Sonakshi Sinha also got numerous injuries, three of them major ones, on her wrist, knee and back. It’s very strenuous and very gruelling. But it’s all worth it, she said.
The film sees Sonakshi Sinha’s character coming to Mumbai from Jodhpur, where she gets into a tiff with the goons of the college she enrolls in. The story is about her fight to come out of a case, where the college goons, a corrupt cop played by Anurag Kashyap and another played by Konkona Sen Sharma play crucial components.
It has got a couple of tracks, there’s Anurag’s track, there is Konkona’s track and my track and they are all interconnected in some way so it’s a really cool Murugadoss style thriller.
I love to watch action films and be a part of them, so I was more than happy to do it. When I narrated the story to mom and dad, they too liked it because it was a very good, gripping story, a story of a single girl’s struggle and fight. Overall the role is very powerful, so they were also very happy and there was no reason for me to say no to this film.
Akira also stars Anurag Kashyap and Konkona Sen Sharma. The film releases on September 2.