New Delhi: She maybe getting rave reviews for her moving performance in Vikramaditya Motwane's Lootera but Sonakshi Sinha says she was warned by many against doing the period film so early in her career.
Sonakshi started her career with Dabangg and went on to star in masala movies Rowdy Rathore, Dabangg 2 and Son Of Sardaar.
The story of unrequited love, set in the era of 1950s, came as a nice challenge for Sonakshi. She plays a pampered but devoted daughter of a Bengali zamindaar who falls in love with a stranger with dubious past.
"After Dabangg people saw me in a particular kind of cinema. I heard comments like 'This is too early in your career', 'You may not be able to pull it off', 'You need to be mature for something like this'.
"I was irritated and decided to prove everyone wrong. I tried doing something experimental and I am happy that I was able to carry it off," Sonakshi told PTI in an interview.
The actress credits Motwane for bringing out the best in her and feels without him it would have been impossible to do the role of Pakhi.
"It is my most challenging role till date. Because it is set in the 1950s, an era I know nothing about. I have just gone by pure instinct and Vikram's direction. He is a tremendous director, I could not have done it without him. I am so glad that the first opportunity where I got to showcase my range as an actor was with Vikram," Sonakshi said.
It is another busy year for Sonakshi. After Lootera, she is looking forward to three more releases - Once Upon a Time In Mumbaai Dobara, Bullet Raja and Rambo Rajkumar.
The actress says her mantra is to do work quietly and not make much noise about it.
"I believe in doing my work quietly and not make a big hullabaloo about it. That is how I operate. I don't see any other reason to be visible for, I like it when people talk about my work, that is what I am here for."
"There is no point being visible for other things like going for events, parties. I have never spoken about who I am dating, what I am doing behind the scenes. So that is how I want it to be," Sonakshi said.
She insists there is a normal life behind her stardom, which she very much cherishes. "Coming from a filmy background I have seen everything growing up, but even at that point of time it never really fascinated me. I did not like going to my dad's shoots. We were taught not to get carried away with it from a very young age."
"The upbringing has been very strong, rooted. My mother gave up her career bringing us up and she has played a very important role in keeping us grounded. Even now I don't take my work home, my stardom home. It ends where it is supposed to end. There is a life beyond stardom and its a very normal life which I cherish. I anyway don't handle attention very well," she added.
There is constant attention on her figure but Sonakshi says it does not bother her anymore. She has decided not to answer questions related to the topic.
"It is a non-issue to me. I am very happy doing work and lot of work... Probably more than the skinny-minnies. I am going to take a stand in my life by not talking about it, stop answering questions so that people stop writing about it.