Right from the very start of her Bollywood career, Sonam Kapoor has spoken her mind, without worrying about the consequences. Even now, she says she isn’t scared of voicing her opinions. “I am completely fearless. Actually, people are now appreciating me for that. I have been given a platform, and I am blessed to be where I am. If I don’t use this [platform], then it will be very unfortunate. Even if my words influence only three-four people, why shouldn’t I speak my mind anyway? Fame can be a great thing if it is used constructively,” says the actor.
She adds, “If I am saying something isn’t okay, it doesn’t matter whether I am right or wrong. I am sharing with you my opinion. Parents in India often tell their children, “Beta, chup raho (Keep quiet)”. But, it’s okay to have opinions. Young people need to be opinion makers. They must have a voice,” she says.
The Raanjhanaa (2013) star calls herself a “feminist”, and asserts that she has been one even before she entered the film industry. “A lot of actresses say they are not feminists. It’s really offensive, and one shouldn’t say that. I don’t judge them, but they clearly have no idea what being a feminist is all about. I also feel that when you don’t take a stand, you are, in a way, siding with the person who’s in the wrong,” she says.