She played the small-town girl in Raanjhanaa (2013), the girl-next-door in Khoobsurat (2014) and the chic damsel in Aisha (2010). But the one role that put Sonam Kapoor in the spotlight was her portrayal of the late air hostess Neerja Bhanot in Neerja.
The venture recently made it to The Economist’s What The World Is Watching list. It is the only Indian film to be featured in the reputed magazine. “It feels wonderful. Apart from everyone who have put their heart and soul into the film, I’m glad that we are able to do our bit to honour the memory of Neerja’s brave and courageous soul,” says the actor.
The actor further adds that such recognition is “encouraging and helps bring about a change”. “I hope this brings about a change and more funds go into backing such films, stories and subjects,” says Sonam. When it comes to choosing between critical and commercial success, the actor believes the latter is important, but she is quick to add that she has never cared about numbers. “As an actor, I want to do films I enjoy and am proud of,” she says.
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The section about Neerja in The Economist claims there have been years of news stories about victimised women, and India now “finally” has an appetite for female heroines. However, Sonam doesn’t vouch for the same. “India has shelled out female-centric films like Mother India (1957) and Arth (1982) in the past. I think the women in all these films have been heroes in their own right, and have inspired us for years now. I’m happy that we finally have audiences rooting for these films,” she explains.