‘I am Impressed by Sonam’s Dedication': Proud Dad Anil Kapoor Gets Candid About his Daughter

Anil Kapoor, who shares screen space with daughter Sonam in 'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga' says he will only direct a film with Sonam in the lead
‘I am Impressed by Sonam’s Dedication': Proud Dad Anil Kapoor Gets Candid About his Daughter
Anil Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor Ahuja

You wouldn’t come across a prouder father than Anil Kapoor in showbiz. As  the  glowing reviews for  Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga pour in,  Anil is basking  in  the flow of glow, more for  his  daughter than himself. “To see  her make such brave  choices  at  such a  young age…. I too used to balance out the hard-core commercial projects with something more offbeat and unexpected.  If I did an out-and-out commercial Tezaab I also did a Parinda,” says Anil.  Parinda incidentally  was produced by Anil’s dear friend Vidhu Vinod Chopra, the  producer of his  new film Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga. Chuckles Anil, “Vinod and I go back a long way. The title  of  Ek Ladki Ko Dekha  Toh Aisa Laga comes from  Vinod’s 1942 A Love Story. That’s the last time we  worked  together. And now we’ve collaborated again 25 years later, can you believe it!”

Anil remembers saying no to 1942. “I actually refused the part initially. I was asked to play someone much younger than my actual age. Vinod convinced me. I then started to work out toward looking much younger. This is when I started taking my workouts, exercises and diet very seriously. So yes, the credit for my trim-and-fit look goes to Vinod Chopra and 1942 A  Love Story.”

Anil says he was flooded with memories while doing  Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga. “That song is iconic. I remember when we shot it, every detail comes flooding back. Now, that same song plays an important part in my new film.  I also had Juhi Chawla as my co-star after so long. We did some fun films in the past. This one was fun too. And  yes, I am very happy  to  just be part  of a film where  I  share screen space  with my daughter.”

Anil’s voice brims over with pride when he speaks of Sonam. “She’s making such brave choices. Neerja was a film that broke many myths. It gave Sonam a chance to prove herself as an actor. I am thankful to (director) Ram Madhvani for believing in Sonam. Now I  feel Ek Ladki Ko Dekha… gives Sonam another opportunity to prove what she’s worth. Her performance is not-overpitched. She is never over-dramatic because she relates with real people and situations through her first-hand experiences. She’s widely read and travelled. She connects to her character in Ek Ladki…. And expresses the character’s emotions with such natural grace.”

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