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Listening to Akriti Kakar talk about her significant other feels like they’ve been together forever.

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As we entered Amy Billimoria’s House of Design in Juhu, Mumbai, we knew we were not in Kansas anymore. The store exudes a happy feeling. From the décor of the store to the clothes housed within it, we could tell that this was going to be a departure from a traditional bridal makeover.

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We met at a common friend’s wedding in Lonavla, after which we started meeting almost twice a week with friends. We got along like a house on fire; it felt so comfortable talking to each other, it was like we were long lost friends. The initial courtship felt more like a game of hide and seek. We didn’t want to tell people yet as we were still getting to know each other.

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25 Oct

Sonakshi Sinha’s Homecoming

In the past decade, Sonakshi Sinha has revealed an ability to adapt to situations and be flamboyant, controlled, boisterous or subtle—with unwavering conviction. She possesses a casual confidence—one that makes her an undeniable force in Bollywood

Sonakshi has had a full calendar of work this year. From back-to-back releases (Kalank, Khandaani Shafakhana and Mission Mangal) to a string of special appearances, 2019 has been action-packed— just as she likes it. Now hot on the heels of her fourth and final release for the year, she is primed to add another career defining highlight to her resume. After all, this project was her golden ticket to Bollywood; a film that boosted her career, but most importantly, it’s where the magic began. After almost a decade since its first chapter, the crowd pulling Dabangg franchise is set to return with its third instalment—one that is poised to end this year on a high note for her. For Sonakshi, life has come full circle. Excitedly awaiting its release, she shares, “Working on the sets of Dabangg 3 is like a homecoming of sorts. To be able to collaborate with a group of people who over the years have become like family is truly special. If I’m not mistaken, I think this is also the first time [in Bollywood] that a lead actress has been retained in a franchise project—and that’s a special feeling.”

Necklace, earrings, rings (right hand index finger and ring finger): Anmol, Rings (right hand middle finger and left hand): Amaris By Prerna Rajpal

While she’s found her niche on the sets of Dabangg, she’s careful about getting complacent, as she reveals, “I can play Rajjo Pandey in my sleep, but I know better than to take my audience for granted. So of course, each time the storyline develops, the characters gain more dimension giving us actors more [material] to bring to the table.”

Necklace, maathapatti and haathphool (right hand): Anmol, Bangles (right hand): Amaris By Prerna Rajpal

Sonakshi’s signature mix of chutzpah and a penchant for playing relatable women on screen is what defines her. “I feel like there’s too much inside me to be classified under a clichéd notion of what a heroine should be like. I can showcase a raw yet restrained side in a film like Lootera(2013) while also working on a commercial, over-the-top release like Rowdy Rathore (2012). I pride myself in aspiring to be that heroine who can do it all, and to a certain extent, I think I have managed to achieve that,” she shares of her unbridled desire to simply perform. Currently, she’s flexing her acting skills on the sets of Bhuj: The Pride of India (2020). Divulging just enough to leave us intrigued, she states, “I play the role of Sunderben Jetha Madharparya, a valiant woman who mobilised 300-odd women from her village to repair a runway so that a plane could land at night in Bhuj during the 1971 Indo-Pak war.”

Earrings, bracelet and ring (left hand): Amaris By Prerna Rajpal, Bangles (right hand): Manubhai Jewellers

While she’s excited to tell stories that need to be told, she’s also appreciative of the moviegoer who seeks quality cinema over all else. She notes, “Today, ‘different’ scripts and films are faring well because the audience is more receptive to quality content. This very consumption of quality content has created a stir digitally too. As artists, writers and directors, this gives us so much more freedom to do the things we want to do. It encourages me to take up films like Noor(2017) or Khandaani Shafakhana (2019).”

Having starred in a string of top-grossing films, Sonakshi has also worked with some of B-Town’s most beloved leading men—from Salman Khan to Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn to Ranveer Singh, to name a few. Speaking of some of her most memorable partnerships on screen, she shares, “I feel deeply privileged to have had the opportunity to work with talented actors and actresses as well. A key takeaway for me is the experience of working and learning from the many talented people I encounter on set.”

Soon, Sonakshi will have clocked up a decade of cinematic work. Looking back at her debut, she recalls simply buckling in and instinctively hopping onto the Bollywood rollercoaster. But here’s a little secret— now that she’s got unlimited access to all the rides and attractions, I can tell by the look in her eyes, her great adventure has only just begun.

Photographs: Ajay Kadam, All Outfits: Shantanu & Nikhil, Make-Up: Heema Dattani, Hair: Madhuri Nakhale, Styling: Lynn Lobo, Creative Direction: Gopalika Virmani

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