Sonakshi Sinha, who made her acting debut with Dabangg in 2010, agrees that certain facets of regional cinema are better than the mainstream Hindi film industry.
In 2014, Sinha worked in Tamil film Lingaa with superstar Rajnikanth.
“I have done a Tamil film, and based on that I can say that their style of work is slightly better than how we work over here [in Bollywood],” she said. “In terms of timings, vision, originality and the concepts that they come up with... like the stuff they make over there, we could not even imagine making over here. Otherwise, why hasn’t a Baahubali been conceptualised in Hindi cinema till today? And they have gone and done it and we can all see how.”
The daughter of actors Shatrughan Sinha and Poonam Sinha says Hindi cinema will always be her first love.
“I really respect the way they work, but yes it is unfair to say that we cannot do it. Where there is a will, there is a way. If we want to do it, we can do it, we will do it,” said the Lootera actress.
It was filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, as the jury head of the 65th National Film Awards last month, who said Hindi cinema was far behind regional cinema in content and treatment of subjects.
On working on the digital platform, Sinha says she is open to it.
“A lot of money is being pumped into making good digital content. People are watching it, and nowadays everybody is on their phone. Everybody has access to it. I think that is the future and if something really good came along my way in terms of a digital series or a movie even, I wouldn’t mind doing it,” said Sinha.
A number of times, certain actors have stepped behind the camera and surprised the audience — be it a web series, short film or a feature movie. However, Sinha feels she is incapable of directing.
“A director’s job is really tough. I have seen all these wonderful directors I have worked with over the years. And I would not be able to do what they do.
“If I have any idea, I will give it to the right person. Maybe they can implement it, but I love being in front of the camera and being the actor. That is what I love and that is what I will do,” said the actress, who will next be seen in Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi, Kalank and Dabangg 3.