Beautiful from the Inside Out: Sonakshi Sinha

Sonakshi Sinha exudes a certain confidence and charisma that no one else does and comes across as effortlessly gorgeous in all that she does. The actor who lives life on her own terms, spoke to NAMITA GUPTA on her feisty, filmy journey and her other passions over a candid tête-à-tête.

Text by Namita Gupta

What’s your personal fashion statement like?
My personal fashion statement is being extremely comfortable. I love being in my tshirt/ Ganji, jogger’s jeans and my cap. I studied fashion design for three years before I became an actor. It’s always comfortable smart casuals that work for me. If you’re not comfortable you won’t be confident.

What’s your fitness regime?
I usually try and incorporate some time for my fitness training whenever I can, but if I have a busy schedule, then I have to skip it. I do a mix of cardio and yoga and I do like to keep balanced diet throughout the year. Small lifestyle changes really help. I’m quite a workaholic so I’m usually on my toes and that’s also good exercise.

What’s your beauty regime?
My beauty and skincare regime is moisturising externally and also drinking lots of water. I keep myself hydrated at all times. I also make sure I take the necessary vitamins for my skin and hair. I’m blessed with great genes. I’m fully taking my parents genes for granted and am thankful to them for giving me good skin. I have been chosen as the face of MyGlamm. When MyGlamm approached me for POSE – I was immediately drawn to it, as the campaign is absolutely clutter-breaking and so edgy. Using a prison mug shot as the main campaign image to launch a makeup product is unlike any other beauty campaign I’ve seen. Usually, it is pretty much standard – look pretty, pose, look happy. I’m really happy to be the face of the brand, because I get to do something as cool as this. I know the European quality standards are really high and they’re also cruelty-free. My favourite product is the HD matte lipstick, which suits me well. They have a range of such amazing colours from nudes to reds and from peaches to pinks.

What are your favourite holiday destinations and how often do you get time to travel?
I love Maldives and Australia. I don’t get to travel for leisure that often due to my work commitments. But whenever I get some free time, I make sure to unwind and travel with my friends. I love beaches and scuba diving.

What are some of your upcoming projects? Any plans to act in movies down South?
My latest movie Mission Mangal released on August 15. Post that I have Dabang 3 which is a homecoming for me and I have just finished shoot for Bhuj that will release next year. Dabangg 3 with Prabhudeva will release this year in 2019. It will be my fourth film with Prabhudeva. He’s a fabulous director to work with as he gets the massy sensibility bang on and he’s taught me so much, specially the real commercial heroine dance steps. I’m quite a funny person by nature so comedy is something that comes naturally and easily to me. I keep getting lot of offers from the South Indian industry, especially after Linga with Rajinikanth in Tamil, but my Bollywood projects are keeping me so busy that I’m not able to take them up. I don’t really plan ahead for the future but I like to make my next year better than the previous year.

How do you manage to keep that calm demeanor despite all the hectic schedules?
It is very important to find something that disconnects you from the stress and timelines of your work. I found solace in painting and sketching. I carry my sketch book wherever I go. Sometimes when I come back really tired from a shoot I go into my painting room and it’s like meditation for me. It releases me of all the stress. When a pen comes to my hand it starts moving and I go with the flow. It could be abstracts, forms, mermaids, faces of animals like tigers and wolves and I also do acrylic. Also, earlier when I was working on multiple films at a time, it was quite crazy, but now I’ve made a conscious attempt to do one film at a time. I don’t let them overlap. The profession is such that the life is so fast that one has to make time for oneself. It’s very important to be healthy inside as well. I catch up with my friends and family. I’m also singing and working on next few singles and I do everything that I want to do. The love that I get from my fans keeps me going. I’m very active on my social media where I direct feedback and I do it all personally.