Mumbai, Aug 17 (IANS) As an actress, Sonakshi Sinha has to travel and shoot at odd hours, but she says amidst all this, she has to observe a deadline set by her parents because for them she is still a "little girl" and must be home by 1.30 a.m.
"My deadline is always 1.30 a.m. I am still treated like a little girl in my house and I am thankful about that," Sonakshi, the 26-year-old daughter of actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha and actress Poonam Sinha, told IANS.
"I have always had a sheltered and protective life, but they (my family members) have given enough space for myself and have guided me all the time," she added.
She is a star thanks to big hits like "Dabangg" and "Rowdy Rathore", but Sonakshi still gets shouted at by her mother if she doesn't wake up on time.
"There is still no change in their behaviour today. If I wake up late or my bedroom is messed up, my mother shouts at me. It's really amazing they don't treat me like a star," said Sonakshi, who features in Milan Luthria's "Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara!".
At home she might be treated as a child, but in the show business she is called the "Rs.100 crore queen".
"It's a trend today everyone is talking about Rs.100 crore. Tomorrow it will be Rs.200 crore, Rs.300 crore. It's a sign of good business, but Rs.100 crore doesn't come into my pocket. It is going to the producer's pocket. If films are doing so well, lots of factors are to be taken into account," she said.
"I think there is a connect with the masses. People enjoy watching me. I am happy for that. There is a lot of hard work put into it and it's not just about luck. I do films from audience's perspective. So far, touch wood, I have been part of good films," she added.
Sonakshi also believes that a lot of people get carried away by success, but this can't be said of her.
"A lot of people can get carried away in their life with the success, but I am still the same way," she said.
The designer-turned-actress has a fondness for commercial cinema and doesn't deny her love for singing and dancing on the big screen.
"My first love will always be commercial cinema because those are the kinds of films that I would love to watch as an audience. I am not apologetic about the fact that I love singing and dancing. It's a part of me," she said.
Apart form potboilers, Sonakshi also did period film "Lootera".
"When a film like 'Lootera' came, it's like once in your lifetime you get such a role. It showcases a lot more aspect of acting; so I took it as a challenge. If a film like that comes along and challenges me as a person, I will take it up," she said.
Irrespective of her love for cinema, Sonakshi says post-marriage she would like to give all her time to her husband.
"I want to enjoy my life and relax. I want to chill. I don't know I am not thinking of marriage now, but the profession I am in; it's too hectic. So I want to give all my time to my husband after marriage and I want all his time," she said.
(Uma Ramasubramanian can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)
--Indo-Asian> News Service