‘Haven’t pre­pared much for Cannes this time’

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This will be ac­tor Sonam Kapoor’s (left) sev­enth year at Cannes Film Fes­ti­val. The sought-af­ter fash­ion­ista of Bollywood — whose sar­to­rial choices at the French Riviera al­ways make head­lines — says she hasn’t prepped much for her ap­pear­ance at the 70th edi­tion of the cov­eted fest this year. Sonam, who will be seen at the Cannes red car­pet on May 21 and May 22, says: “This year, since we are busy do­ing so many other things, I have not pre­pared much for Cannes. Usu­ally, my sis­ter Rhea styles me and she is busy with a film. I was also busy shoot­ing for two films... So we de­cided not to put any pres­sure on our­selves and just have a good time. We don’t think about it much. It’s not about the sta­tus quo of be­ing on the red car­pet.”

Sonam says she would have been tense if she was walk­ing the red car­pet for a movie. “I’m go­ing for a brand. For a movie, I would’ve been so stressed out that I’d faint on the red car­pet. But be­cause it (her ap­pear­ance at Cannes) is for a make up brand, it’s about be­ing beau­ti­ful and you look beau­ti­ful only if you’re happy in­side and con­fi­dent.”

On the film front, the 31-year-old ac­tor re­cently shot for film­maker R Balki’s up­com­ing film, Pad­man — a biopic on Arunacha­lam Mu­ru­ganan­tha, the man who in­tro­duced af­ford­able san­i­tary nap­kins for women.

Call­ing Balki a “fan­tas­tic film­maker”, she says: “He’s some­one I have a very strong con­nec­tion with. I hope he picks me in all his films now.”

Ear­lier this month, Sonam was hon­oured with the Na­tional Film Award Spe­cial Men­tion for Neerja (2016), di­rected by Ram Mad­hvani. The ac­tor says it has been an hon­our to work with di­rec­tors such as Mad­hvani, Balki, Rakeysh Om­prakash Mehra and Aanand L. Rai. “They are gen­uine peo­ple who want to make hon­est films,” she says.

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