Sonam Kapoor may be a star in her own right now, but she doesn’t shy away from revealing that, as a kid, she was particularly star-struck by another actor. With her usual candour, she says that meeting him for the first time “one of the highlights of [her] life".In an upcoming film, you will be playing the lead opposite Salman Khan. Are you looking forward to it?
How did your production house sign Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, who’s new to Bollywood, to star opposite you in the remake?
We auditioned a lot of actors for the film (her next) and thought he would be right for the role. He’s big in India as well. I don’t know anyone who watches TV and doesn’t know Fawad. In fact, he has a bigger fan following than me. We were shooting for a TV show recently, and there were girls taking pictures of his van even when he hadn’t stepped out. And it [the decision to cast him] has got nothing to do with being an Indian or a Pakistani; an artiste is an artiste.
Your brother Harshvardhan will soon make his debut with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s next. Have you seen him act?
No, I just tell him to work hard. Harsh suited the role that Rakeysh had in mind. Now, a lot of my family members are part of the industry… Arjun (Kapoor), Mohit (Marwah). I’m excited that I have three brothers who are lead actors and doing some of the best films in the business.
Will your production house ever produce movies that won’t feature anyone from your family?
Yes, we are already making one such film. It has seven newcomers. No Sonam, no Arjun, no Harsh… It’s a family tradition to make films. Production is in our blood.