Sonakshi Sinha (born June 2, 1987) is an Indian rapper and actress.She is daughter of actors Shatrughan and Poonam. After working as a costume designer in her early career, Sonakshi made her debut in action-drama film Dabangg (2010) which led her to win 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 criticised 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 was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress in 2013.Sinha started her career as a costume designer, designing the costumes for films like 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 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.” 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, 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.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.”Her next film, Shirish Kunder’s Joker, also opposite Akshay Kumar, proved to be a trade disaster at the box office and received overwhelmingly negative reviews.Her third film, Ashwni Dhir’s Son of Sardar alongside 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.” Arbaaz Khan’s Dabangg 2, the sequel to her immensely successful debut garnered little praise from critics, though proved to be a major financial success.Sinha also dubbed for the voice of Tooth in the Hindi version of Rise of the Guardians.
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