Sonakshi Sinha will be seen packing punches and doing hardcore action sequences in her upcoming Akira and the actor says the film came at the right time in her career as she wanted to push her limits as a performer.
The action-thriller is directed by AR Murugadoss, who is known for his commercial potboilers, starring leading actors. The 29-year-old actor says she is overwhelmed that she got a chance to become the Ghajini helmer’s first leading lady as he has never made a film with a female protagonist before.
“Akira pushed me in lot of ways that I have not been pushed before. It has been very challenging and it has been a fantastic experience. I’m really happy that it came to me at this point of time in my life and career when I was looking to do something like that,” said Sonakshi.
The actor says Murugadoss thought she would fit the role of Akira Sharma during the making of 2014 Akshay Kumar starrer Holiday. “With Holiday, I got a chance to work with Murugadoss sir, who saw the spark in me to cast in Akira. He is the man who has worked with one of the top action stars of our country. He has never made a film with female protagonist before. He approached me for that and I felt really honoured.”
“It has a lot of shades and it was very challenging for me to portray such a character.” When asked if now she is only interested to play female-oriented characters, Sonakshi says it is only by chance that she is getting such roles.
“It is happening by chance that I’m doing Akira and then Noor. The audience is opening up to these kinds of films. They like to see something different. I only look at how good the character is and how badly I want to play. So, for me these are really good roles and that is why I have taken them up.”
Sonakshi’s last release was Tevar which hit theatres in early 2015 and the actor says she may have been absent from the big screen but she was shooting back-to-back films.
“I was shooting. I was working for Akira because the shoot went on for a while then I started Force 2 and then Noor happened.” Sonakshi says she will be seen doing action sequences in Force 2 as well but it is quite different from her upcoming film.
“There is action in Force 2 as well but it is very different from Akira. It is much stylised and sleek. In this film, it is very raw and hand-to-hand combat. It’s quite different and interesting.”
Sonakshi is excited about Noor and says in the film she plays a happy-go-lucky and relatable girl.
“My character in Noor is wonderful. It is something that every girl and even boys might be able to relate to because the way she is. It’s a story of a girl going through life and it’s a very happy-go-lucky character.”
Akira will hit theatres this Friday. It also stars Konkana Sen Sharma, Anurag Kashyap and Amit Sadh.