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Sonakshi Sinha on "Dahaad": Female Police Said People Won't Even Stop To Consider Before Making Jokes About A Woman In A Uniform, They'll Never Do That With A Male Cop

Actress Sonakshi Sinha claims that she learnt “everything on the job” and that she considers all of her career's “good, bad, and ugly” situations to have contributed to her development.
The actress, who made her film debut in 2010's “Dabangg” as the cop's love interest, has since put on a police uniform for the highly lauded role of a police officer in the Prime Video series “Dahaad.”
She does not, however, see her transition from “Dabangg” to “Dahaad,” her digital debut, as having yet come full circle.
“It isn't a complete circle. It says, “Meri jalebi ban rahi hai.” I'm still spiraling in circles. I also want to keep developing. I've come a long way in the last 13 years to get to this point. In an interview with PTI, Sonakshi said, “Everything I've learnt, I've learned on the job with the people I've worked with, the jobs I've done, and the things I've worked on.
The actor, noted for roles in “Lootera,” “Noor,” and “Force 2,” said, “Everything teaches you something. Whatever experiences I've had, whatever work I've done… good, bad, ugly, whatever it may be, have all led me to this moment.”
There has been a change in how women police officers are portrayed on cinema over the last ten years, whether it be Tabu in “Drishyam,” “Kuttey,” and “Bholaa,” Sanya Malhotra in “Kathal,” Shefali Shah in the “Delhi Crime” series, or Raveena Tandon in “Aranayak.”
It's “about time” that these adjustments took place, according to Sonakshi.
“It's actually a really good time for a woman to be an actor in the industry because great characters are being written and there's such lovely content coming out, so it's fantastic time,” said the 35-year-old actor.
The accolades she has received for playing Anjali Bhaati, the only female police officer in Rajasthan's rural areas who believes a serial murderer is on the loose, has been “overwhelming” to her.
“I feel like I just made my debut again. I'm receiving a ton of calls and texts from folks I haven't spoken to in over a year. It's been so wonderful, it's just overwhelming. Even my family enjoys the program, she said.
Reema Kagti and Ruchika Oberoi are responsible for “Dahaad”'s direction. Kagti and Zoya Akhtar also co-created the program.
A “so powerful, raw, and empowering” persona was what Sonakshi said she was yearning for.
“When it reached me, it really rang true with who I am and what I stand for. It simply seemed to fit right in. I had to accept. In fact, I admitted to Zoya and Reema that I would be the only one to play this part, and I would say yes straight immediately. The stars must have truly lined up on this one, she concluded.
Sonakshi said, “The way the role of Anjali Bhaati was written made it simple to portray. She is a lady from a lower caste who is battling prejudice at work as she manages the pressure of getting married.
“I just had to show up and don my outfit. I transformed into this person the moment I put on the uniform. She said that she trained in judo and learned how to ride a bike for the part. “Automatically, the way you talk changes, and a sense of power and authority comes in,” she said.
The actress, who is also a painter and a fashion design graduate, said she improved her riding skills and is now a bike owner.
“I like learning new work-related skills. Therefore, all of them just enhance your abilities as an actor. It brings your persona to life, which is why I believe people are so drawn to it.
According to Sonakshi, Anjali Bhaati is an example of how women need to be depicted on TV as achievers and go-getters.
“That's the type of representation of women we need to see on screen—strong, driven women who really go out and accomplish something in their life, despite the challenges they face. For me, it was a motivating persona.
According to Sonakshi, “Dahaad” had a powerful theme that connected with both her and the audience: the social pressure to be married.
“Women are always seen as incomplete if they are not married, regardless of their job or their current endeavors. I appreciate that the show's creators addressed several relevant issues.
There are other instances in the show when men make fun of Anjali Bhaati, like as when she is referred to as “Lady Singham” in a dig at Ajay Devgn's portrayal of a policeman.
After Kagti and Akhtar's conversation with female police officers, according to Sonakshi, these scenes were added to the movie.
Female police officers said that while ridiculing a woman in uniform, individuals don't even pause. With a guy police, they would never do it. They believe they can get away with it only because she is a woman and is covering herself with a uniform. And you need to put those individuals in their proper roles, she said.
Vijay Varma, Gulshan Devaiah, and Sohum Shah are featured in “Dahaad” as well.

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