After mostly playing the quintessential 'desi girl' in big-budget commercial films, Sonakshi Sinha feels it is time for her to do more performance-oriented movies.
The 27-year-old star's filmography boasts of entertainers like 'Dabangg', 'Rowdy Rathore', 'Action Jackson', with an exception of 'Lootera', an intense love story which got her critical-acclaim.
"I am ready for performance-oriented films. I myself feel the time has come for me to make the switch. Earlier, I was establishing myself. In 2015, I am doing a film with AR Murugadoss, which is a woman-centric film. It has a great story and I am looking forward to it," Sonakshi told PTI.
The actress, however, feels that doing commercial films was not a conscious decision and it was more because she enjoys such films as a viewer.
"I did mass entertainers because I love watching these films myself. There was no strategy involved in doing commercial movies. People forget that I am still new, it has just been 4 years, though I have done 12 films. There is a lot of time for me to explore myself and do different stuff. In big-budget films too, my performances were appreciated."
The actress is famous for playing the village belle or the small town girl in most of her films but she does not feel stereotyped.
"I have played small town girl in many of my films but I never felt typecast because I think my Indianness is my strength. You put me in any state and I will become a part of it. I believe it is my biggest strength," she said.
Sonakshi, who recently got a short haircut, feels her new look might make people approach her for modern roles.
"My hairstyle might make people see me in different light and they might approach me with modern characters. I just felt one day that I should do something new with my hair. I know with such short hair I can't play a village belle or a traditional role so I feel people will approach me with more modern characters now," Sonakshi said.
The actress is sharing screen space with Arjun Kapoor in her upcoming film 'Tevar' and says the the '2 States' star was one of her reasons to sign the film.
"The film has got a relatable story, it has real characters. I wanted to work with Arjun and Boney uncle. These were my three reasons of doing the film," Sonakshi said.
The young star said the movie, which is an adaptation of Telugu film 'Okkadu', and is directed by debutant Amit Sharma was emotionally and physically challenging for her.
"I haven't done a character like this before. I have done a lot of action in this film. I did a little bit in 'Son of Sardar' but in 'Tevar' I have done proper action scenes and they were fun to do.
"Our director is someone who taps into the emotions of a person and gets out real emotions as an actor. The film was challenging physically and emotionally but overall it was a wonderful experience," she said.
'Tevar', produced by Boney Kapoor, is slated to release on January 9, 2015.