Sonakshi Sinha in April 2022 enhanced.jpgSonakshi Sinha (born 2 June 1987) is an Indian actress who works in Hindi films. After working as a costume designer for independent films, she made her acting debut portraying Rajjo Pandey in the action film Dabangg in 2010, which won her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. She rose to prominence for playing the romantic interest of the male protagonists in several action films, including Rowdy Rathore (2012), Son of Sardaar (2012), Dabangg 2 (2012), and Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty (2014), and for appearing in a variety of item numbers.

Sinha garnered critical acclaim for her playing a troubled woman suffering from tuberculosis in the period drama Lootera (2013), for which she earned several accolades, including a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.  She has since starred in several commercially unsuccessful film, with the exception of Mission Mangal (2019) in which she had a supporting role.

Aside from acting, Sinha has ventured into singing, beginning with a song in her film Tevar (2015). Her debut single, “Aaj Mood Ishqholic Hai” was released in 2015, and she has sung in a total of four films, which include “Rafta Rafta Medley”, featured in the soundtrack of Yamla Pagla Deewana: Phir Se (2018).

Early life

Sinha was born on 2 June 1987 in Patna, Bihar,  to film actors Shatrughan Sinha and Poonam Sinha (née Chandiramani). Her father belongs to a Bihari Kayastha family while her mother hails from a Sindhi Hindu family.  Her father served as a Member of Parliament of the Bharatiya Janata Party,  before he switched to the Indian National Congress in 2019. Sinha is the youngest of three children – she has two (twin) brothers, Luv Sinha and Kush Sinha. 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.

Filmography

Films

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Dabangg Rajjo Pandey
2012 Rowdy Rathore Paro
Joker Diva
OMG – Oh My God Herself Special appearance in song “Go Go Govinda”
Son of Sardaar Sukhmeet Kaur Sandhu
Dabangg 2 Rajjo Pandey
2013 Himmatwala Herself Special appearance in song “Thank God It’s Friday”
Lootera Pakhi Roy Chaudhary
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
Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi Harpreet
Yamla Pagla Deewana: Phir Se Herself Special appearance in song ‘Rafta Rafta’
2019 Total Dhamaal Herself Special appearance in song ‘Mungda’
Kalank Satya Chaudhry
Khandaani Shafakhana Babita “Baby” Bedi
Mission Mangal Eka Gandhi
Laal Kaptaan Noor Bai
Dabangg 3 Rajjo Pandey
2020 Ghoomketu Herself Special appearance
2021 Bhuj: The Pride of India Sunderben Jetha Madharparya Released On Disney+ Hotstar
2022 KakudaFilms that have not yet been released TBA Completed
Double XLFilms that have not yet been released Saira Khanna Completed

Television

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 Indian Idol Herself Reality Series; Judge
Indian Idol Junior [citation needed]
2017 Nach Baliye
Om Shanti Om
2019 Myntra Fashion Superstar Web series; Judge

Discography

Year Title Label Album/Film Ref.
2015 “Let’s Celebrate” Eros Music Tevar
“Aaj Mood Ishqholic Hai” T-Series Non-album single
2016 “Rajj Rajj Ke” Akira
2017 “Move Your Lakk” Noor
2018 “Chin Chin Choo” Saregama Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi
“Rafta Rafta Dekho Medley” Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se
2021 “Hum Hindustani” Dhamaka Records Non-album single
“Mil Mahiya” BGBNG Music Non-album single

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Film Result Ref.
2011 Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards Best Female Debut Dabangg Won
Filmfare Awards Best Female Debut Won
International Indian Film Academy Awards Star Debut of the Year – Female Won
Star Screen Awards Most Promising Newcomer – Female Won
Stardust Awards Superstar of Tomorrow – Female Won
Best Thriller/Action Actress Nominated
Zee Cine Awards Best Female Debut Won
Best International Female Icon Nominated
2013 People’s Choice Awards India Favorite Youth Movie Icon Herself Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards India Best Movie Actress Nominated
People’s Choice Awards India Favorite Movie Actress Rowdy Rathore Nominated
Stardust Awards Best Thriller/Action Actress Nominated
Best Thriller/Action Actress Dabangg 2 Nominated
Best Comedy/Romance Actress Son of Sardar Nominated
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor in a Comedy Film – Female Nominated
2014 BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor in a Romantic Role – Female Lootera Won
Most Entertaining Film Actor – Female Nominated
Filmfare Awards Best Actress Nominated
Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
Screen Awards Best Actress Nominated
Popular Choice (Female) Nominated
Zee Cine Awards Best Actress (Critics) Won
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Actress Nominated
2014 Stardust Awards Best Thriller/Action Actress Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty Nominated
2017 BIG Zee Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor in an Action Film – Male/Female Force 2 Nominated
Akira Nominated