Actress Sonam Kapoor, in a recent conversation with an Indian film magazine, has spoken about the difficulty of making women-centric films such as Khoobsurat and Aisha. She narrated how no hero wanted to work in Khoobsurat because of the film’s title and so Pakistani actor Fawad Khan was roped in to play the male lead, and due to his confidence, went on to become a huge star in India. The actress also talked about how she had auditioned for every role she got, despite being a star kid and the talks regarding nepotism in the industry these days.
“Initially, when I came in the industry, everyone said she’s born with a silver spoon, they alleged nepotism, etc. They didn’t know that I had auditioned for Saawariya (2007), I had auditioned for Delhi 6 (2009) and that I’ve auditioned for every film I’ve worked in. I just was able to have the initial meeting. That was it,” she said.
She went on to talk about her selection for Delhi 6: “When Delhi 6 was being made, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra had Rang De Basanti behind him. He was the biggest filmmaker that time. Every heroine wanted to do that film. But I was signed before Sawaariya released. I don’t even remember how many auditions I gave for the part. Even for Saawariya, I was auditioned with Ranbir Kapoor. Honestly, I got those films on my own merit.”
The actress — who was recently been appreciated for her performance in Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga despite the film’s box office failure — is currently working on The Zoya Factor, a romantic drama film opposite South star Dulquer Salmaan. This film is a light adaptation of Anuja Chauhan’s novel with the same title. Directed by Abhishek Sharma, Sonam will be seen playing the character of Zoya Solanki, who becomes a lucky charm for the Indian Cricket team during the World Cup in 2011. The film is scheduled for release in September 2019.