As actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha's daughter Sonkashi debuts in Bollywood, her mother says she is free to do what she wants on the big screen, but she must not cross the limits set by the family.
"As an actress, Sonakshi has every right to decide what she wants to do and what she doesn't want to do. It is basically her call. There is a limit for everything and, of course, every family has its own 'maryaada' (rules). We have already told her that we have certain 'maryaada' and she shouldn't cross her limits," Poonam, an actress herself, told IANS.
Sonakshi, 23, who stars opposite Salman Khan in "Dabangg", has announced that she is not inclined towards doing any item numbers and has not worn any provocative clothes in the film.
Is that a result of her parents' restrictions?
"Hopefully, when you see her in subsequent projects, you will find out," Poonam said on being asked about the other restrictions imposed on Sonakshi. She refused to comment any further on the do's and don'ts for her daughter.
Sonakshi is a trained fashion designer, but when Salman offered her a film on the condition that she would have to lose weight, the newcomer jumped at the opportunity.
Poonam said she is extremely proud of her daughter for getting into shape.
"Sonakshi really looked after herself well with her will power. She regularly went to the gym, controlled her food and eating habits which had become very erratic. You know how, as a teenager, kids love to go out and eat. But once she knew she could get a chance in films, she started focussing on her goal; there was no looking back.
"She went on a diet, followed a strict gym routine. She really worked hard and the end product was really beautiful. I am proud of her," said Poonam, whose last big screen appearance was as Hrithik Roshan's mother in the historical drama "Jodhaa Akbar".
Almost three decades ago, Poonam was seen in movies like "Jigri Dost" and "Sabak" but moved away from showbiz to take care of her family after her marriage to Shatrughan.
"I have my hands full now. I have a daughter's career to look after and, of course, my sons also. I am a 24X7 housewife and that is why I couldn't take up much work. I did get a lot of offers, but my hands are full," she said.
But Poonam is open to any role as regal and as one-of-a-kind as her character Hameeda Bano in "Jodhaa Akbar".
"If another film like 'Jodhaa Akbar' comes, if I get something like that, maybe I will give it a try."
She also hopes that some day she will get to share screen space with daughter Sonakshi and son Luv Sinha, who had a flop debut with "Sadiyaan".
"I think it will be my privilege to work with my children. This is one relationship where there is no competition, where you would not mind your children walking ahead of you by leaps and bounds. And I hope my children do very well in their lives," she said.
Poonam's other son and Luv's twin brother Kush is yet to make a film debut.