Four releases and three of them superhits -that's Sonakshi Sinha's track record in Bollywood and things seem to be poised to get even better with the Christmas eve release of 'Dabangg 2', exactly two years after she debuted with 'Dabangg'.
Tagged as Sau-nakshi (sau as in hundred) by some because of her films invariably entering the Rs 100-crore club, the actor herself is pretty demure.
"Well, people tell me 'you are the lucky mascot' but no, I don't think that is really the case. I am lucky and blessed to be a part of these films that have turned out to be huge. The credit that I give myself is that I have had the common sense to say 'yes' to such films."
And one man who continues to give her personal and professional support is Salman Khan. During the 'Dabangg' days Sonakshi had famously mentioned that since Salman was like family, she was never intimidated by his presence.
Two years down the line and in a much more secure posi tion in the industry, Sonakshi says that the equation with Salman is "just the same".
"I hold Salman's friendship in high regard. And he is glad that I am doing so well. He introduced me in the industry and wanted me to do well. Today he is very happy for me."
One of course has to also ask about the Rajjo-Chulbul Pandey equation in the sequel as the characters are now married. "The beauty of this relationship is that there are very sweet dialogues between the husband and a wife here," says Sonakshi, "Generally in movies you see romance between a couple only before marriage and one hardly sees any married couples romancing on screen. However, we have brought that in 'Dabangg 2'. Arbaaz has shot these scenes beautifully."
She had nailed the part of a Punjabi kudi in Son of Sardaar and is excited talking about the role. "People felt that I fitted most naturally into the Punjabi role. Many would say that in my other films I didn't have much to do, but in Son of Sardaar there was a lot more to do. I guess it was a gradual process for me to grow from small to big and then bigger. I am taking it slow and easy and things are falling in place beautifully."
The actor has her hands full with projects in the coming months. After 'Dabangg 2' there's 'Lootera' and 'Once Upon A Time in Mumbai 2' lined up for release. These will be followed by 'Bullet Raja' and 'Namak' and one more big banner biggie which will be announced soon. "Yes, there is no breather whatsoever but for me as a person, that's the way it works best," she smiles, "For instance, recently a shoot was cancelled and I didn't really know what to do. I was so bored. Rather than staying idle, I would rather work every single day of my life."