I don’t lobby for awards, says Sonam

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Af­ter the re­lease of Neerja (2016), Sonam Kapoor (left) took a break for an en­tire year. Now, she is back on the sets of her next film, re­laxed and re­ju­ve­nated. What makes the re­turn spe­cial is that yes­ter­day, Sonam re­ceived a Na­tional Award (Spe­cial Men­tion) in Delhi for play­ing the fear­less Pam Am airhost­ess Neerja Bhanot in Ram Mad­hvani’s biopic. The film won the Na­tional Award for Best Hindi Film.

Why hadn’t she spo­ken about the Na­tional Award un­til now? “I’m re­ally shy and awk­ward about these things,” says Sonam. “I’m ec­static with the Best Hindi Film Award and, of course, the Spe­cial Men­tion for me, too. I’m elated that our film was recog­nised for this hon­our.”

Her fa­ther, ac­tor Anil Kapoor, has been gush­ing about Sonam’s award. She says, “For me, re­ceiv­ing the award be­ing Anil Kapoor’s daugh­ter is the big­gest joy, be­cause I don’t lobby for awards. Fun­nily, I didn’t feel any pres­sure or ner­vous­ness; I just feel light be­cause this is a huge val­i­da­tion.

“Con­trary to what peo­ple think, I work re­ally hard on ev­ery project, and I do it with a lot of in­tegrity. When a film like this wins an award, it’s re­as­sur­ing, as ev­ery­one is part of a com­pe­ti­tion and the rat race. It’s about putting your head down, be­ing fo­cussed and work­ing at your own pace. I’ve re­alised that ag­gres­sion doesn’t work in the long run. It af­fects you men­tally and phys­i­cally, and even­tu­ally burns you out. If you are kind, gen­tle, and true to your­self, that should be enough.”

When a film like [Neerja] wins an award, it’s re­as­sur­ing, as ev­ery­one is part of a com­pe­ti­tion and the rat race SONAM KAPOOR, AC­TOR

PHOTO COURTESY: SHEHLAA BY SHEHLA KHAN

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