Nobody deserves to be made to feel unsafe, especially at work: Sonakshi Sinha


MUMBAI: There’s a lot being said about creating a safe work culture for women. Actor Sonakshi Sinha has also added her voice in agreement to it, saying that a shift in workplace culture is needed. The entertainment industry – be it Hollywood or Bollywood – is having its moment of reckoning in the wake of sexual abuse reports coming in from all quarters.

While Sonakshi is glad that women are speaking up, she feels the debate should have started “long back”. The Akira star said, “I think it’s very important and this stir should have been made long back. Nobody deserves to be made to feel unsafe, especially while working. It should be something to look forward to. I am glad women are finally speaking out.”

It all started with numerous women coming forward to allege that Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein used his position to harass them. Since then, many have come out in the open to talk about sexual advances from big names such as Kevin Spacey, James Toback, Ben Affleck, Brett Ratner and Dustin Hoffman.
Professionally, Sonakshi – daughter of actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha and Poonam Sinha –didn’t have it easy in the entertainment world considering how she was body-shamed, and even faced some setbacks at the box office.

After making a successful debut with Dabangg, she gave out hits like Rowdy Rathore, Lootera and Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty. But films like Tevar, Akira and Noor went unnoticed.

Speaking about this, Sonakshi revealed failure doesn’t scare her. “My priority has always been to be happy. Whether it’s my work or my life at home, it is important to be happy from within to make others happy. I try to be as positive so that it reflects on my work as well,” she said, adding that she believes failure teaches a person a lot more than success does. “Nothing ever stops at failure. It’s always followed by success because of the lessons it taught you,” said the 30-year-old.

Just like her onscreen avatar, Sonakshi is ‘dabangg’ (fearless) in real life too. “I try and be as real as I can and I guess people appreciate that, so no I am not scared. I am who I am, this is me… Take it or leave it.”

Talking about her recently released film Ittefaq, which is the remake of the original film of the same name made in 1969, produced by B R Chopra, directed by Yash Chopra and featuring Rajesh Khanna, Sonakshi said, “The best part about the character was to be able to play two sides… a good and a bad.”

She continued, “It is very exciting when a script challenges you like this. It will definitely showcase another side of me as an actor work-wise.”

The film, also featuring Sidharth Malhotra and Akshaye Khanna, released on Friday.