Ac­tor Sonam Kapoor says she’s had enough of peo­ple telling oth­ers what to do and what not to do

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Monica Sharma and Oin­drila Mukher­jee htc­i­ty­mo­hali@hin­dus­tan­times.com

It’s a strug­gle for young­sters to­day to do the right thing. So many of us, roam in the grey area

You can­not to dic­tate any­one I’ll do some­thing. never tell any­one to eat or not to eat beef

Sonam Kapoor stays true to her pub­lic im­age as a fi­esty young woman with her head firmly on her shoul­ders. In a tete-a-tete as part of the Hin­dus­tan Times Youth Fo­rum, the 30-year-old ex­presses her views, likes and dis­likes with­out in­hi­bi­tions.

She was in Chandi­garh as a pan­elist at the HT Top 30 Un­der 30 ini­tia­tive where she was part of a dis­cus­sion on the topic ‘Is it the best time to be young in In­dia?’

The ac­tor stars in a biopic on Neerja Bhanot, the PanAm airhost­ess who was killed while saving pas­sen­gers from ter­ror­ists on board the hi­jacked flight on Septem­ber 5, 1986. Sonam says, “To have that kind of courage to do the right thing at such a young age is in­cred­i­ble. Neerja is an un­sung hero. She is the youngest re­cip­i­ent of the Ashoka Chakra, In­dia’s high­est award for brav­ery in peace time. And she was a civil­ian. She had ev­ery­thing go­ing for her in life at the age of 23, but she didn’t think twice be­fore do­ing the right thing when it came to it.”

So, should young­sters take a leaf from her page to be more in­spired? She says, “It’s a strug­gle for young­sters to­day to do the right thing on a daily ba­sis. So many of us roam in the grey area.”

Sonam was also up­front about her views on the re­cent in­ci­dents of in­tol­er­ance in the coun­try. She says we are sec­u­lar and are known all over the world for tol­er­ance. Strongly ad­vo­cat­ing the right to free­dom of speech, Sonam says, “You can­not dic­tate any­one to do some­thing. I will never tell any­one to eat or not to eat beef, who am I to stop any­one? It is wrong to tell peo­ple what to do.”

So­cial me­dia has been un­fair to her in the past but Sonam takes it all in her stride. “At least there’s a space for young­sters to talk now. In In­dia, young­sters are told, ‘Chup baitho, jab baat karna za­roori hai tab karo’. We need to sift the pos­i­tive from the neg­a­tive. De­bate can be con­struc­tive too. Any tool can be mis­used. So, should we stop us­ing it?”

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