I don’t lobby for awards, says Sonam
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