Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha reprised her role of Rajjo in the third instalment of Dabangg series that released last Friday. The film which stars Salman Khan as Chulbul Pandey, didn't open to great numbers as expected. The film collected Rs 24.5 crore at the box-office on its first day of release and added Rs 24.75 crore on Saturday. However, actress Sonakshi feels that right now the discussion about the new citizenship law CAA and the ongoing nationwide protests are more important than the talk around the opening-day collections of Dabangg 3.
"We all know what is going on in the entire country," she said, referring to the CAA protests, adding, "I think people know that what is more important, but I am honestly happy with audience response to our film. At this moment, entire country has come together on this matter (CAA protests) and it is more important than a film."
Apart from the anti-CAA stir, there are reports that state the film has been leaked online resulting to its underwhelming opening. "I don't know since how long we are urging the audience not to watch pirated films because it affects our industry in a negative way," said Sonakshi, while interacting with the media at a Christmas celebration event with underprivileged kids of Angel Xpress Foundation.
Talking about the nationwide protests against CAA, Sonakshi said, "I am with the people of this country. I feel the way people are protesting on streets, you can't snatch that right from them. I am very proud of the people who have come out and voiced their opinion. I am with them."
Sonakshi Sinha was also asked why the bigwigs of Bollywood are not opening up about the protests, to which the actress said, "I think whoever wants to voice (an opinion) will voice, and whoever doesn't want, will not. After all, that is also their right." She further added, "I think they don't feel scared, but when they (celebrities) hit the streets, then the entire focus shifts on them. We know media cameras start following them, and because of that other people might feel ignored. If people can understand that they are also a part of the crowd, then they would definitely come out."
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(With inputs from IANS)
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