SONAM: DAD A GOOD EX­AM­PLE TO FOL­LOW

Sonam Kapoor, who turns 10 in Bol­ly­wood, is “ex­cited” to work with dad Anil Kapoor

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - FRONT PAGE - Prashant Singh prashant.singh@htlive.com

It’s been 10 years since Sonam Kapoor faced the arc lights for the first time with Ran­bir Kapoor in San­jay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya. She is “grate­ful” about what­ever she has been be­stowed with.

You are set to work with your fa­ther, Anil Kapoor in Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga. Ex­cited?

Till the time we don’t go on the set and start work­ing to­gether, you never know what can hap­pen in be­tween. But I am ex­cited.. Af­ter all, he is my favourite ac­tor. I’m kicked about a role that would chal­lenge me.

You re­cently praised your dad on Twit­ter. Has he al­ways been an in­spir­ing per­son?

I’ve al­ways wanted to be [like] my dad. In terms of the kind of work he does, the per­son he is and the way he lives life, it’s very in­spir­ing and a really good ex­am­ple to fol­low. Not just my favourite ac­tor, he is my favourite per­son, too. It’s good to have such a per­son at home.

You have never gone about your ca­reer in an ar­che­typal man­ner…

I al­ways knew that I don’t want to fol­low the set norms that I have to do one film with cer­tain di­rec­tor, so that the films can make ₹200-400 crore. You have to work in films that in­spire you. I took a year-and-a-half off be­fore Raan­jhanaa and even said no to a cou­ple of so-called big films be­cause I wanted to do films that will help me en­joy do­ing my job.

Many feel that your ca­reer path changed af­ter Raan­jhanaa (2013). Do you feel it’s true?

Ab­so­lutely! It is [true] be­cause I changed [with that film]. I had a great ex­pe­ri­ence while work­ing on Delhi-6 but I wasn’t able to cap­ture that ex­pe­ri­ence again in any film... I re­alised it was be­cause of the peo­ple that I worked with. You must be happy with your [film] choices as well as the di­rec­tors and ac­tors.

You re­cently hit out at a ‘blind item’ (about al­leged is­sues be­tween cast mem­bers of Veere Di Wed­ding) on so­cial me­dia...

I know ex­actly who wrote that piece. She is a trou­ble­maker, which I didn’t re­alise ear­lier. It is sad that a woman is try­ing to drag an­other woman down. We need to stick to­gether and up­lift one an­other. That’s the only way we can change the way the so­ci­ety looks at women. I wasn’t even an­gry but it made me sad. It was just so dis­ap­point­ing.

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