Sonakshi Sinha’s Decade of Transformation: Embracing Challenging Roles to Emerge as a Versatile Actor

From Small Town Cop to Vengeful Courtesan, Sonakshi’s Journey Through Diverse Characters

Ten years ago, actress Sonakshi Sinha made a pivotal decision to pursue more challenging roles, a choice that has significantly shaped her career. This strategic shift led to her acclaimed performances in projects like “Dahaad” and the recent “Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar.” Sonakshi’s portrayal of the vengeful Fareedan in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s pre-Partition Lahore-set thriller about courtesans has garnered substantial praise, following her notable role as a no-nonsense small-town cop in Reema Kagti’s critically acclaimed “Dahaad.”

Playing dual roles of mother and daughter, Rehanna and Fareedan, in the eight-part Netflix series was a demanding task, yet Sonakshi credits Bhansali’s belief in her capabilities for her success. Reflecting on her journey, Sonakshi acknowledges her transformation since 2012, when Bhansali produced “Rowdy Rathore,” a film starring Sonakshi.

In an interview with PTI, Sonakshi expressed, “If you give me the right roles and right directors, I can do magic.” She extended her gratitude to directors like A R Murugadoss (Akira), Reema Kagti, and Vikramaditya Motwane (Lootera) for recognizing her potential and offering her roles that pushed her boundaries.

Sonakshi emphasized, “I’m just looking for parts that truly challenge me and help me reach my potential. Once I changed my trajectory into doing the kind of roles that really challenged me, I ended up becoming a better actor. All those experiences have brought me to where I am today.”

Her exceptional portrayal of Fareedan in “Heeramandi” is winning over audiences, further solidifying her place as a versatile and respected actor in the industry.

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