‘You Cannot be a Celebrity and Behave Irresponsibly’: Sonam Kapoor

‘You Cannot be a Celebrity and Behave Irresponsibly’: Sonam Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor on why her latest film is beyond box office numbers or figures
‘You Cannot be a Celebrity and Behave Irresponsibly’: Sonam Kapoor
Sonam Kapoor

Sonam K Ahuja, as Sonam Kapoor is known after marriage, is very happy with the way her latest film Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga has been received. Though the box-office numbers have not been large, Sonam is content as only she can be. “When we set out to shoot this beautiful story of same-sex love, we never aimed it to be a blockbuster. The numbers that we’ve gathered for the film are very satisfactory to us. Ek Ladki…was released in only a 1,000 screens. That’s not a  big release by the standards of the big blockbusters. We knew we were breaking rules in the film and we were cautious about how we go about it. I am very pleased with the result.  The number of  messages and calls I’ve  received in  response  to my character  and to the  film just gladdens  the heart.”

Sonam refuses to take credit for being the first mainstream actress to play a such a different character. “Long before me, Shabana Aunty(Azmi) and Nandita Das played lovers in  Deepa Mehta’s Fire. That was so progressive and such a long time ago. I love Deepa Mehta’s elemental trilogy (Fire, Earth, Water). Indian actresses have constantly been pushing the envelope whenever they’ve been given  the opportunity  to do so.”

Sonam feels a sense of responsibility should be a fundamental part of all actors’ work ethics. “You cannot be a celebrity and behave irresponsibly. I think being sensitive about marginalised communities has always come naturally to me. That’s the way I’ve been brought up. There is no self-congratulation in doing a film like Ek Ladki Ko Dekha….”

Having said that, Sonam admits playing the repressed woman was not easy. “Sweety is a repressed character. I am nothing like that in real life. I’ve always done what I’ve wanted to with the full support of my family. My character  Sweety in Ek Ladki Ko Dekha is as repressed as Sakina,  the character I played in my first film Saawariya…I think  from the start I’ve gravitated towards  roles that challenge me  to explore new facets  to  my  personality.”

Sonam’s next release   The  Zoya Factor in  April is far more light in tone. And she had fun doing it. “It’s been a while since  I did a fun film. The Zoya Factor is very different from Ek Ladki Ko Dekhaa…much lighter in a tone I worked with (Malayalam star) Dulquer Salman who is a very good-looking man and a talented actor. I think more people would come for him than for me,” she jokes, not the least insecure about her co-star.

In  Ek Ladki Ko Dekha, she had her father Anil Kapoor as co-star who happily took a  backseat to her author-backed role. Sonam disagrees vehemently. “Not at all. If you see,  my dad is the hero of the film. His character brings about the change in the mindset. He didn’t do the film only because  I was in it. At the end  of the day, he’s a professional actor and he  saw what a fabulous role he had.”

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