Actor Sonakshi Sinha said that it felt amazing to carry a film on her shoulders in Akira, a film she feels she was born to do.
At its trailer launch, Sonakshi, asked about the feeling of carrying the film on her shoulders, said: “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 hardwork for me to look the way I’ve looked in the film.”
The film is directed by A. R. Murugadoss, who had previously directed Sonakshi in the film Holiday also starring Akshay Kumar.
About Murugadoss, Sonakshi 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.”
The film sees Sonakshi’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 gripping 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.”
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.”
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. It’s very strenuous and very gruelling. But it’s all worth it,” she said.
Akira is set to release on September 2.