Though she hails from a film family, actor Sonam Kapoor says she wants to make her own identity without help from her actor father Anil Kapoor. “I feel there’s very little that can grow under a banyan tree. So, I have tried to create my own path and have very successfully done it — whether it’s through my fashion or the movies I choose,” says the 28-year-old.
In her six years in the industry, with 11 films under her belt, Sonam says she has tried her best to avoid taking a piggy-back ride on her dad’s shoulders. “I tried not to do much with my father. It’s a very selfish decision, as I just wanted my own identity. So even when Aisha was produced, my sister (Rhea) produced it. It was her first film. I never asked my father to do this for me. I think I have a man’s ego in a lot of ways,” she says, adding, “And also, I don’t want to take away his hard work. If I don’t do well and he has put in his money or name on me, then 40 years of his hard work goes down the drain because his daughter is a disappointment. So, I would rather fall down on my own and don’t want to take my dad with me.”
From her 2006 debut film, Saawariya to subsequent releases Delhi-6, Players and Mausam, all were box office disappointments. Sonam says she was too young to understand a few things in the past.
“I realised that because of my glamorous image, I don’t need to do films to add star value to myself. I was too young to understand that back then, but I am old enough and now understand that because of my image I can get away with doing more real films. But that doesn’t mean I am only doing Raanjhanaa or Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, in which I am playing a quintessential rooted Indian girl.” In fact in Yash Raj Films’ next, “I play a modern girl who is a banker.”