Being the daughter of Shatrughan Sinha and Poonam Sinha, Sonakshi Sinha was no stranger to the spotlight. Yet, believe it or not, becoming an actress was the last thing on her mind.

Sonakshi was studying fashion, when Salman Khan gave her a piece of advice that changed her life. He suggested that she get in shape pursue acting as a career. She lost oodles of weight and made a dream debut opposite Salman in Abhinav Kashyap’s Dabangg eight years ago. There has been no looking back for her ever since.

The actress turns 31 today, and several Bollywood celebrities took to social media to send some love on her birthday.

Meanwhile, Sonakshi is celebrating her special day away from the prying eyes of the media. In an interview with Mid-Day, she said, “I don’t want to celebrate my birthdays in Mumbai anymore. It’s a call I have taken. I would like to keep it low-key from now on. Every year, I hope to head to a new destination.”

Unwilling to reveal where she is heading for her birthday this year, Sonakshi said that she will share sneak-peeks on social media, and her followers can keep guessing.