This year, with the success of Neerja, the film industry’s perception of Sonam Kapoor’s acting skills certainly changed. But for the Bollywood star, life remains the same, as her hunt for good roles continues.
You must be thrilled with all the success and good wishes coming your way.
Honestly, that’s not what I’m feeling right now. I feel a sense of equanimity. I’m very grateful for the way the film has been received. I’m happy for the people attached to it, and also for the fact that Neerja’s story has reached so many people. But I don’t think any of this has been about me at all.
Many of your contemporaries are taking up projects internationally. Do you have any such plans?
My ambition is to do good work, and it doesn’t matter what language it is in. Whether it’s English, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, French or Chinese; it doesn’t matter. I don’t think crossover cinema exists anymore. The world has become too small, and I realised that when I travelled for a few film festivals recently. A film like Neerja, for instance, is playing at some of the best theatres in America.
Are you open to working abroad?
I’m exploring film projects in England, USA and in south India. I’m trying to find good work, because that’s all I want to do. I’m even looking for some work in Europe. But that’s not what my ambition is. I don’t plan to be world famous. That’s a by-product of doing good work, and that will happen anyway.
You’re teaming up with your sister, producer Rhea Kapoor, for your next. Is it easier working with family members?
There are pros and cons to everything. Rhea and I are trying to make pop-culture films; we are trying to change the way people think. I think we were the first ones to make a chic flick; with Aisha (2010), we created a fan following comprising girls and women who like such movies. Then we did something like Khoobsurat (2014), and fortunately it did well. Why is it that female-centric films can’t be popular? Why can’t there be commercial, well-written, funny films? That’s what my sister and I are trying to do.
Watch: Sonam Kapoor in Neerja trailer
The common perception is that star kids have it easy in Bollywood. How true is this?
At the end of the day, it’s a business. As a star kid, you get recognised initially. But, if you cannot deliver, then people are not going to give you their money. Unfortunately, that’s how the film industry works. I’ve done movies with some very big studios, but my father never gave them money [to sign me]. It doesn’t work that way. It’s an industry, not a charity. Sure, there’s a certain respect that you get because you’re someone’s daughter; people don’t behave in a certain way with you. But I feel that being a star kid comes with its own set of expectations, and resentment too.
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