Sonakshi Sinha is an Indian film actress and singer. After working as a costume designer in her early career, Sinha made her acting debut in the action-drama film Dabangg, which won her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.
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Sonakshi Sinha (pronounced [soːnaːkʂiː sɪnɦaː]; born 2 June 1987) is an Indian film actress and singer. After working as a costume designer in her early career, Sinha made her acting debut in the action-drama film Dabangg (2010), which won her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.Sinha has played the romantic interest of the male protagonists in several top-grossing action-dramas, including Rowdy Rathore(2012), Son of Sardaar (2012), Dabangg 2(2012) and Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty (2014), though she was criticized for taking up roles that offered her limited scope. She gained critical acclaim for her portrayal of a woman suffering from tuberculosis in the romantic drama Lootera (2013), for which she received a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. She followed this initial success by starring in a series of commercial failures, with the exception of Mission Mangal(2019), in which she had a supporting role.
In addition to acting in films, Sinha has sung a small part in the Imran Khan song "Let's Celebrate" in her film Tevar (2015). She has also sung the single "Aaj Mood Isqholic Hai" and sung in a total of four of her films.
Sinha was born on 2 June 1987 in Patna, Bihar,to film actors Shatrughan Sinha and Poonam Sinha (née Chandiramani). Her father belongs to a Bihari Kayastha family while her mother hails from a Sindhi family. Her father served as a Member of Parliament of the Bharatiya Janata Party,before he switched to the Indian National Congress in 2019. Sinha is the youngest of three children – she has two (twin) brothers, Luv Sinha and Kush Sinha. She did her schooling at Arya Vidya Mandir and later graduated in fashion designing from Premlila Vithaldas Polytechnic of Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women's University.Sinha started her career as a costume designer, designing the costumes for films such as Mera Dil Leke Dekho in 2005. She made her acting debut in the 2010 film Dabangg, in which she starred opposite Salman Khan. It went on to become the highest-grossing film of 2010 and ultimately emerged as an all-time blockbuster.Sinha had to lose 3 kg in preparation for the role as a village girl. Her performance was well received, with noted critic Taran Adarshnoting that "Sonakshi Sinha looks fresh, acts confidently and pairs off very well with Salman. Most importantly, she delivers the right expressions and is not overpowered by the galaxy of stars in the cast."Although Sinha had no film releases in 2011, she won awards for her debut. This included the Filmfare Award as well as the IIFA Awardsamong many others.
Sinha had four releases in 2012, her first being Prabhu Deva's Rowdy Rathore, opposite Akshay Kumar. The film opened to mixed reviews from critics,although it had a strong opening at the box office,collecting approx. ₹150.6 million (US$2.2 million) on the first day and eventually became a blockbuster.Despite this, critic Rajeev Masand criticized her ornamental role and wrote that Sinha "seems to exist in this film only to have her midriff repeatedly pinched by Akshay Kumar." Her next film, Shirish Kunder's Joker, also opposite Akshay Kumar, proved to be a commercial disaster at the box office and received overwhelmingly negative reviews.