-- SONAM L ASHES OUT!
“There Are Many People Who Are Educated, But They Are Worse Than Pimps And Whores. ” This self-styled Madonna is no virgin territory. Over-exposed literally and figuratively, Sonam floated into the industry on a wave of controversy and the fifteen-year-ol
Yash Chopra who once couldn’t stop raving about you, now can’t resist passing snide remarks every time your name is mentioned. It’s common knowledge that he’s extremely upset with the way you’ve not been able to give your best to Vijay only because you are signing films left, right and centre. Now don’t you feel guilty for using your godfather as a stepping stone and then conveniently kicking him aside? I don’t think that Yash ji is upset with me at all. If he was, he would have come and told me himself. He is a very frank and outspoken person. He fights his own battles. In any case he never did stop me from signing more and more films. His only condition was that Vijay should be my first release. Otherwise he has no restrictions on me at all. Maybe he said what he did, in a jovial mood. He is a great kidder with a terrific sense
of humour. Yash ji, is one who loves progress in everybody and he wouldn’t ever hinder anybody’s progress. In fact, whenever I sign a new film he is only too happy and gladly blesses me each time.
You seem to have rubbed a lot of big stars the wrong way. For you cannot deny that both Rajesh Khanna and Feroz Khan haven’t forgiven you for having taken them for a massive ride by promising to do their films and then happily ditching them for Yash Chopra. No wonder they’ve sworn never to sign you again. I admit I was supposed to be launched by Rajesh Khanna, but nothing was finalized. But by the time talks of the film actually started. I was offered a role by Yash Chopra. And I thought that a bird in hand is definitely better than three or four running around in the bush. So I signed Vijay. Maybe because of that there was some misunderstanding between Rajesh ji and me. I have heard that he is
not the forgiving kind, but on the sets of Vijay, he behaves perfectly normal with me. As for Feroz Khan, as far as I am concerned, I am still in Yaalgaar. I know there have been reports saying that I have been replaced by Madhuri Dixit, but I don’t know how far they are true. According to me, I am still in the film because I haven’t got any news from Feroz Khan’s office informing me that I am out. At least when you throw a person out of a film it is the duty of the producer to inform the star. Why should I go and ask whether I am still in the film or not? As far as I am concerned, I am still there because the role and everything was narrated to me. Only if I am personally told that I am out will I believe it.
You claim to be a mere fifteenyear-old but you surely don’t look it at all. Rumour has it that you took a lot of growth inducing hormone injections and pills only to increase your vital statistics. Is that why you wear revealing clothes all the time to show off your well-endowed assets? Whether anyone believes it or not, I am only fifteen years old. While others try to hide their age by knocking off four or five years from it, I have to add two or three years to my age and tell people that I am much older. Otherwise I wouldn’t even be allowed in an ‘adults only’ film. All my physical growth is natural and I am not even aware of the fact that such hormone injections and pills are available. Will someone please tell me where to get them? I don’t think that such things are available in the first place. Because for every existing chemical, there has to be an antidote or something to reverse it. In that case why don’t people have special injections to make them young and healthy when they are old and ill? I am sorry to disappoint everyone, but I am not used to taking any such injections. Maybe there are people who do, why do they expect others also to follow suit. Why not ask them because they are the real culprits?
Your manly voice is the standing joke of the industry. For according to certain directors it’s difficult to differentiate between the hero’s voice and yours. How do you react to the fact that your disgruntled producers have got your voice dubbed in all your films? I think my voice is perfectly okay. In fact I quite like it. It is so different from the normal, ordinary voices. It is distinct. And how can people say that it sounds bad in films? They obviously don’t know what they are talking about for I have yet to dub for any film. My voice will be heard only after I have dubbed. Then, let people form their opinions. I will be dubbing for my films soon and to the best of my knowledge, no one else has dubbed for me so far. Jealous people just talk without a reason. Maybe they have a lot of E.S.P. and sixth sense for being able to predict my screen voice without having heard it. In that case, hat’s off to them.
All those who know you insist that you are very ashamed of your background, especially your illiterate family whom you desperately try to disown while you gaily cavort with your dressdesigner aunt Sabiha who is well versed in the ways of the industry. Are you that enamoured by glamour that you’ve completely forgotten your roots? I have not disowned my family. I think I belong to a very respectable khandaan. Tell me what’s wrong in not being educated? As long as I have sense, I don’t need to be educated and the same goes for my family. There are many people who are educated, but they are worse than pimps and whores because they don’t have any sense. Many of our so called literates fit into that category and I look down on them. Frankly in the long run, it doesn’t really matter whether you are educated or not. It doesn’t make a difference at all. What counts
Only if I am personally told that I am out will I believe it. ”
is the innermost instinct in your heart and mind. If you follow that, then you will always be right. I am definitely not embarrassed by the fact that I am not educated. I think I have got more than what most have got. Even PhD’s don’t get what I’ve got at such a young age. So why should I be ashamed?
Both Saaniya and you keep tearing each other apart at the first opportunity you get. In fact recently, you even had a showdown with her where you almost scratched her eyes out. What has she done to you that you cannot stop hating her? Who’s Saaniya? I don’t know her. I don’t know who you are talking about. Really! If any small-time creature is bitching about me then how am I to know about it? One can’t pay attention to every small flea. And there is no question of me ever having got involved in a fight with her because I don’t squabble with glorified junior artistes. I am not even aware of the existence of a person called Saaniya and neither is the rest of the industry. No one knows her kind of people though she goes on talking about the bigwigs in the industry. As if anyone would take her seriously. I am sure that everyone is laughing at her.
Farah dislikes you. Not because you have replaced her in the Yash Chopra camp, but because you have no individuality of your own. For according to her you hopelessly try to copy Rekha and make a mess of it. Comment. Farah may be a fiery person with
I am denitely not embarrassed by the fact that I am not educated. ”
a sharp tongue but her heart is in the right place. She is one person in the industry who is not a hypocrite. She might rub people the wrong way with some of her talk but then they are people who do not understand her. She is not the kind of person who would back bite about anyone unless they have done some harm to her and then she will confront them directly. So since I haven’t ever said or done anything against her, she shouldn’t be upset with me. In fact, Farah and I even went to Dubai together recently. Besides, I am also doing her home production JeeneDo. I don’t think she would have signed me for her home production if she had anything against me. In any case if she has said all those nasty things about me then I can’t help it. It is her way of thinking and I don’t want to change her trend of thought. On my side I like her very much because she has always been nice to me at least on my face, on the three or four occasions that I’ve met her.
Insiders insist that there is a lot of tension between Mandakini and you. For ever since you started stripping for the silver screen, all of Mandakini’s bare-all roles are being passed on to you, especially since you are willing to expose a lot more. Now do you blame her for being cut up with you? I’ve come to the industry to act and I know better than anybody else about what I am doing. I go about my profession in a way that I feel is right. I will naturally do what is best for my interest. I have to protect that first. Everything else comes after that. I am not going out of my way to cut down Mandakini or trying to beat her at her own game. If I am getting what she would have normally got, then it is entirely on my merit. You get roles only if you are capable. If not, then that is your bad luck. No, I am not saying that Mandakini is not capable. Her first film Ram TeriGangaMaili has proved her potential. It may have been a Raj Kapoor film. They came to see her. She should get equal credit for the hit not just Raj ji. Anyway what I’m trying to say is that I’ve not come here to grab positions or throw people out. I’m not here to interfere with others and I don’t expect others to interfere with me.
You sure are a hard-core opportunist. You took full advantage of the Govinda-Neelam split by catching him on the rebound, which made things only worse for him. For while Neelam is signing film after film with his rival Chunky Pandey, you are getting him to recommend you as a strong answer. Isn’t it callous of you to play with someone’s emotions? What went on between Govinda and Neelam is personal and I wouldn’t like to comment on anyone’s personal life. As far as I am concerned there is no question of my playing one against the other in order to get recommended. Whatever I have got so far has been thanks to me only. However I must add that if Govinda is recommending me, then I am very grateful to him. It is very sweet of him. But knowing Govinda, I don’t think he is the type who will spite anybody. He’s not the kind who plays games. I have worked with him in a lot of films and I found him to be a very decent, cultured and most of all a very humble boy.
Hardly have you entered the industry than you’ve already got too big for your boots. For isn’t it true that Bhappie Sonie happily dropped you in favour of Sangeeta Bijlani after you held up his new movie only because you didn’t like the outfits you had to wear. Aren’t you cursing yourself for acting so starry? I am not the kind of person who would kick up a fuss over just an outfit. I am not made that way.
Farah may be a ery person with a sharp tongue but her heart is in the right place. ”