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Akira: When Sonakshi Sinha told Anurag Kashyap to switch to acting for good

News Agencies | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 3:57 IST

Sonakshi Sinha will soon share screen space with director Anurag Kashyap in Akira. Interestingly, according to her, she tried convincing him to take up acting on a full time basis now!

Sonakshi said:

"I was really convincing him to become an actor. He has fit the role and the character so well. He has performed so well that you'll really be scared when you see him on screen. He is a great actor."

Anurag is playing a negative role in the film and this is his first full-fledged role as an actor. Even though he has done cameos in numerous films earlier and had a substantial role in I Am, he is reputed for his directorial skills.

Akira also stars Konkona Sen Sharma.

One would assume that being a director, Kashyap may have had too many suggestions during the making of Akira. However, Sonakshi denies this, and says, "

"No, he was aware of the fact that he is coming on the sets in an actor's capacity, so he wouldn't share his tippaniya (inputs). He was fantastic to work with. He is not interfering at all despite being a director."

The film is a remake of Tamil film, Mouna Guru, directed by Santha Kumar where the protagonist was a male but Akira will be a female-centric film, directed by A.R. Murugadoss.

"This role was physically as well as emotionally very grueling. Some of the sequences that we shot and some of the locations were places I never imagined I would be in. It is probably my most challenging role so far," Sonakshi revealed.

According to her, she had to train in mixed martial arts too. "I had to train for just a month and half and I was ready. I had to really up my game. And luckily I have been into sports when I was a child, so that's where the energy and the strength comes from," she said.

For Sonakshi, being pushed to the edge is a high by itself. She added, "I get very excited when something challenges me. And Akira has done that to me in so many ways. It has been a fantastic experience and so fulfilling."

First published: 5 January 2016, 3:42 IST