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Sonakshi Sinha (pronounced [soːnaːkʂiː sɪnɦaː]; born 2 June 1987) is an Indian film actress.[1] She is daughter of actors Shatrughan Sinha and Poonam Sinha. 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 all the Debut awards including the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.[2]

Sonakshi Sinha
Sonakshi Sinha - IIFA 2017 Green Carpet (35586491213) (cropped).jpg
Sinha at the 18th IIFA Awards in 2017
Born (1987-06-02) 2 June 1987 (age 30)
Patna, Bihar, India
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Alma mater SNDT Women's University
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 2010–present
Parent(s) Shatrughan Sinha
Poonam Sinha

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 received 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.[3][4]

In addition to acting in films, she sung a small part in the Imran Khan song "Let's Celebrate" in her film Tevar (2015). She then made her official singing debut with the single "Aaj Mood Isqholic hai" and sung in a total of four of her films.


Early lifeEdit

Sinha was born on 2 June 1987 in Patna into a Maithils Kayastha family. Her father, Shatrughan Sinha and her mother Poonam Sinha (née Chandiramani) are actors in Hindi Cinema. Her father is now a political member of Bharatiya Janata Party.[5][6] She is the youngest of three children, her two elder brothers, Luv Sinha and Kush Sinha are twins. 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.[7]


Debut and breakthrough (2010–13)Edit

Sinha started her career as a costume designer, designing the costumes for films such as Mera Dil Leke Dekho in 2005.[8] 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.[9][10] Sinha had to lose 30 kg in preparation for the role as a village girl.[11] 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."[12] Although Sinha had no film releases in 2011, she won awards for her debut. This included the Filmfare Award as well as the IIFA Awards among 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,[13] although it had a strong opening at the box office,[14] collecting approx. 150.6 million (US$2.3 million) on the first day and eventually became a blockbuster.[15]

Sinha at DVD launch of Rowdy Rathore in 2012.

However, 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."[16] 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.[17][18]

Her third film, Ashwni Dhir's Son of Sardar, opposite Ajay Devgan, was poorly received by the critics, but proved to be an economic success. Critic Saibal Chatterjee from NDTV noted that Sinha "endeavours to be pretty and dainty amid all the madness."[19] Arbaaz Khan's Dabangg 2, the sequel to her immensely successful debut garnered little praise from critics, though it proved to be a major financial success.[20][21][22][23] Sinha also dubbed for the voice of Tooth in the Hindi version of Rise of the Guardians.[24]

Sinha's first film of 2013 was Vikramaditya Motwane's period romance-drama Lootera, placing her opposite Ranveer Singh. Despite receiving a lukewarm response at the box office,[25] the film and Sinha gathered praise,[26] with Sinha'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."[27] 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 Sinha brings out this fragility perfectly without ever overplaying it."[28]

Sinha appeared in Milan Luthria's crime romance film Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara!, the sequel to Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, in which she was paired with Akshay Kumar again, as well as Imran Khan.[29] The movie was a commercial disappointment and critic Mohar Basu labeled her "a chatterbox replete with idioticity which the director frames as naiveness."[30] She then appeared in Tigmanshu Dhulia's Bullett Raja opposite Saif Ali Khan, a box office flop. Her final release of the year was Prabhu Deva's R... Rajkumar opposite Shahid Kapoor. A moderate commercial success, the film and her performance received negative reviews. Taran Adarsh labeled her "repetitive" and noted that she needed to "reinvent herself."[31]

Recent work (2014–present)Edit

In 2014, after providing her voice for the voice of Jewel in the Hindi-dubbed Rio 2,[32] Sinha was seen in A.R. Murugadoss's action thriller Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty, a remake of the director's Tamil film Thuppakki.[33] Starring opposite Akshay Kumar, Sinha appeared as a boxer. It received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics and emerged as a box office hit.[34][35] Jyoti Sharma Bawa said of Sinha's portrayal: "Sonakshi has nothing to do much in the film and overacts in places. For an actor who has already proved her mettle in the acting department, this definitely is a downer."[36] Sinha appeared in a music video with Yo Yo Honey Singh titled Superstar.[37] In July, Sinha jointly bought a team in the World Kabaddi League.[38] Her second release of 2014 was Prabhu Deva's Action Jackson, with Ajay Devgn and Yami Gautam.

Sonakshi Sinha with Ajay Devgan during the promotions of Action Jackson (2014)

She made her Kollywood debut opposite Rajinikanth in KS Ravikumar's Lingaa, her final release in 2014. She then appeared in Boney Kapoor's remake of Okkadu, titled Tevar (2015), opposite Arjun Kapoor.[39][40][41] For the last of these, Rajeev Masand wrote: "Sonakshi Sinha, playing another simpering damsel in another South remake, once again has nothing to do. She appears content showing up for a few dance numbers, and waiting around for a man to save her."[42]

Sonakshi released her debut single "Aaj Mood Ishqholic Hai", in collaboration with Meet Bros on 23 December 2015.[43][44]

In 2016, Sinha starred in the remake of the 2011 Tamil film Mouna Guru, entitled Akira, an action-drama from director AR Murugadoss, in which she plays an aggressive college student for which she got praised. Then, she appeared in Abhinay Deo's action-thriller Force 2, opposite John Abraham.[45][46][47] The film was commercially success. In 2017, She was seen in Sunil Sippy's comedy Noor based on Saba Imtiaz's novel Karachi, You're Killing Me!. She features in the titular role of Noor alongside Kanan Gill, Shibani Dandekar and Purab Kohli.[48] Then she appeared in Abhay Chopra's remake of the 1969 murder mystery Ittefaq, opposite Sidharth Malhotra, and Akshay Khanna.

In March 2017, Sinha announced that she is currently working on a new single. She also confirmed that she will perform as the opening act for Canadian singer Justin Bieber's Purpose World Tour concert at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai on 10 May, where she hopes to launch her new single.[49]

In 2018, she was seen in Welcome to New York, with an ensemble cast including Diljit Dosanjh, Karan Johar, Riteish Deshmukh, Lara Dutta, Boman Irani. The first film based on the award show and the hell of ride after it.[50]. It was shot in IIFA Awards 2017 and it was a Box Office Bomb. She's currently shooting for Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi with Diana Penty, Abhay Deol, Ali Fazal, Jimmy Shergill & Jassi Gill. The film is slated to release in the 24 August,2018.[51] After that, she will reprise her role in Dabangg 3, with Salman Khan & Arbaaz Khan. It will be directed by Prabhu Deva. The film's shooting will start in the April 2018, and is slated to release in December 2018.[52] Then She also has a spacial appearance in Nikhil Advani's to be directed film based on the infamous Batra House in Delhi. Saif Ali Khan is also a part of the film.[53] She will also be seen in a song of Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se & a cameo role in Race 3.


Sonakshi Sinha is a professed animal lover, and she had posed for a PETA campaign advocating the adoption and sterilization of dogs and cats.[54] She has starred in a one-minute video PSA, urging everyone to adopt animals and have them sterilised. She has been quoted saying: "Breeders, pet stores and people who don't sterilize their animals are responsible for all the animals who end up homeless. Every time someone buys a dog or cat from a breeder or pet store, a homeless animal roaming the streets or waiting in an animal shelter loses a chance at a home and a good life."[55]



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Year Film Role Notes
2010 Dabangg Rajjo Pandey Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut
2012 Rowdy Rathore Paro
Joker Diva
OMG – Oh My God Herself Special appearance in song "Go Go Govinda"
Son of Sardar Sukhmeet Kaur Sandhu
Dabangg 2 Rajjo Pandey
2013 Himmatwala Herself Special appearance in song "Thank God It's Friday"
Lootera Pakhi Roy Chaudhary Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara Jasmine Sheikh
Boss Herself Special appearance in songs "Party All Night" and "Har Kisi Ko"
Bullett Raja Mitali
R... Rajkumar Chanda
2014 Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty Saiba Thapar
Action Jackson Kushi
Lingaa Mani Bharathi Tamil film
2015 Tevar Radhika Mishra
All Is Well Herself Special appearance in song "Nachan Farrate"
2016 Akira Akira
Force 2 Kamaljit Kaur
2017 Noor Noor Roy Chaudhary Also playback singer of song "Move Your Lakk"
Ittefaq Maya
2018 Welcome to New York Jinal Patel
Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se Special appearance in a song
Race 3 Special appearance in a song
Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi TBA
Dabangg 3 Rajjo Pandey
2019 Untitled Nikhil Advani's film TBA Cameo Appearance



Single Label Released
Aaj Mood Ishqholic Hai 23 December 2017



Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Film Award Category Result
2011 Dabangg Annual Central European Bollywood Awards Best Newcomer - Female Won[56]
Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards Best Female Debut Won[57]
Filmfare Awards Best Female Debut Won[58]
International Indian Film Academy Awards Star Debut of the Year – Female Won[59]
Lions Gold Awards Favourite Debutant Actress Won
Star Screen Awards Most Promising Newcomer – Female Won[60]
Stardust Awards Superstar of Tomorrow – Female Won[61]
Best Thriller/Action Actress Nominated[62]
Zee Cine Awards Best Female Debut Won[63]
Best International Female Icon Nominated[63]
FICCI Frames Excellence Awards Best Debut Actress Won[64][65]
Aaj Tak Awards Best Debutante Actress Won
Dadasaheb Phalke Awards Best Debutant Actor – Female Won
2013 ETC Business Awards Highest Grossing Actress Won[66]
People's Choice Awards India Favorite Youth Movie Icon Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards India Best Movie Actress Nominated[67]
Rowdy Rathore People's Choice Awards India Favorite Movie Actress Nominated
Stardust Awards Best Thriller/Action Actress Nominated[68]
Dabangg 2 Best Thriller/Action Actress Nominated
Son of Sardar Best Comedy/Romance Actress Nominated[68]
2014 Lootera BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor in a Romantic Role - Female Won[69]
Most Entertaining Film Actor – Female Nominated[70]
Filmfare Awards Best Actress Nominated[71]
Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated[72]
Screen Awards Best Actress Nominated [73]
Popular Choice (Female) Nominated[74]
Zee Cine Awards Best Actress (Critics) Won[75]
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Actress Nominated[76]


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