Sonam Kapoor looks a lot more confident and composed than she did a few films back. The actor admits that she made some rash choices when she was younger, but has now figured out what she wants.
She tells us about doing comedy, the pressure of doing films without popular co-stars, and why she should have relied on her father (senior actor Anil Kapoor).
You’re the solo heroine of your next release. How much pressure are you feeling?
The same amount I felt during Raanjhanaa (2013) and Khoobsurat (2014). Everyone in the film is 5,000 times more talented than me, and working with such actors helps you improve your own performance. There’s Rajkummar (Rao), who is a National Award-winning actor, and Pulkit (Samrat) and Varun (Sharma), who are natural actors. I am lucky to have them as co-stars.
You seem to have come into your own with your last few films.
I got a lot of appreciation for Delhi-6 (2009). I was 21 years old, and I hadn’t relied on my dad for advice. People would call me his daughter and they said I was born with a silver spoon, but whether or not anyone believed it, I wanted to learn on my own and make my own choices. However, that was a mistake. I should have spoken to dad and let him guide me. Had I taken his advice, my career trajectory would have been different. I was young and rash at that time, but eventually, I realised that whether they were big or small, I had to do films I believed in. I didn’t let go of my personal fashion sense, which is why people talk about it, and I have got many endorsement deals due to it. With my movies, I was trying to fit into a slot, and that didn’t work for me. I made mistakes, but I’ve grown up and somewhat figured out who I am, now.
Does working without popular co-stars scare you?
You can never tell which film will work and which won’t. Working with the biggest directors and actors didn’t give me the box-office credit I deserved, so I feel it doesn’t matter. The fate of a film can go any way, so I’d rather go with my gut, enjoy the process and leave the rest to the audience. I’m not in a race; I’m doing my own thing. I have a lot going for me in a happy way, not a crazy, ambitious or ugly manner.