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Sonakshi Sinha is an Indian Bollywood actress. She marked her debut in the Hindi film industry in the 2010 film Dabangg, which went onto become the highest grossing Bollywood film of the year.
Born: June 2, 1987 (age 26), Patna, Bihar, India
Height: 1.68 m
Occupation: Actress, voice actress, costume designer
Upcoming movies: R... Rajkumar, Pistol, Holiday, Kick, Shivam
Parents: Poonam Sinha, Shatrughan Sinha
Siblings: Luv Sinha, Kush Sinha
Sonakshi is the daughter of an actor and a politician Shatrughan Sinha and Poonam Sinha. She is the youngest of three children with two twin brothers, Luv Sinha and Kush Sinha. Sonakshi completed her schooling from Arya Vidya Mandir in Mumbai and graduated in Fashion Designing from Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women's University, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
Sonakshi started her career as a costume designer, designing the costumes for films like Mera Dil Leke Dekho in 2005, and walked the ramp at the Lakme Fashion Week 2008 and then again in Lakme Fashion Week 2009. She made her acting debut in the 2010 film Dabangg, in which she starred opposite Salman Khan. The film went on to become the highest grossing film of 2010, and ultimately emerged as an all-time blockbuster. Sonakshi had to lose 30 kg in preparation for the role as a village girl. Her performance was well received, with noted critic Taran Adarsh noting 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." She featured as the cover girl of Indian edition of Maxim magazine for the month December 2010. Although Sonakshi had no film release in 2011, she won quite a few awards for her debut. This included the Filmfare Award as well as the IIFA Awards among many others.
Sonakshi 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 had a strong opening at the box office, collecting approx. INR 150.6 million (US$2.3 million) on the first day and eventually becoming a blockbuster. Her next film, Shirish Kunder's Joker, also opposite Akshay Kumar proved to be unsuccessful at the box office, and received overwhelmingly negative reviews. Her last two films, Ashwini Dhir's Son of Sardar alongside Ajay Devgan, and Arbaaz Khan's Dabangg 2, the sequel to her immensely successful debut, were both successful at the box office, despite receiving mixed reviews. As a result of the strong collections her films were gathering at the box office, she was recognised by ETC Business Awards, as the Highest Grossing actress of 2012.
Sonakshi's first film of 2013 was Vikramaditya Motwane's period romance-drama Lootera opposite Ranveer Singh. Despite the film receiving a lukewarm response at the box office, both the film and Sonakshi gathered praise, with Sonakshi's portrayal of Pakhi, a Bengali girl who is dying of tuberculosis, receiving universal acclaim from critics. Sarita Tanwar notes that "the star of the film is undoubtedly Sonakshi Sinha [who gives] a mature and refined performance. She lives the character body and soul." Raja Sen agrees, saying that "Sonakshi Sinha plays Pakhi beautifully, creating a character who is immaculately wide-eyed and possesses casual, yet unmistakable, grace. It is a performance that starts off dreamily soft and turns harder, and she does well-etched dialogue justice like few actresses can. There's a discernible vulnerability to Pakhi throughout the film, and Sonakshi brings out this fragility perfectly without ever overplaying it." Critics were also appreciative of Sonakshi and Ranveer's chemistry, with Taran Adarsh claiming that "Every frame of LOOTERA exudes sensuality, partly because the chemistry between the on-screen lovers is scorching. The fervor and passion the two actors emanate on screen, while living those characters, leaves you awe-struck."
Sonakshi will next be seen in Milan Luthria's crime romance film Once Upon ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara!, the sequel to Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, in which she will once again star alongside Akshay Kumar, as well as Imran Khan. She is currently shooting for Prabhu Deva's Rambo Rajkumar opposite Shahid Kapoor, Tigmanshu Dhulia's Bullett Raja alongside Saif Ali Khan, and A. R. Murugadoss's tentatively titled Pistol opposite Akshay Kumar. She has recently signed Prabhudeva's Untitled film opposite Ajay Devgan.