Sonam Kapoor is known to be someone who likes to speak her mind — whether it is about her career or other issues that affect her. But when it comes to her personal life, the actor adopts a guarded approach. “Even if I have something happening in my personal life, I won’t talk about it. So, it (her personal life) will never make for a news-worthy story. I will never use it to boost certain things (smiles). I strongly feel that it (talking about one’s personal space) takes away from your private life, and most importantly, the respect you need to give the person you love. Also, I feel it takes away respect from your work too. So, it damages both aspects of your life,” she says.
Sonam, who is currently on a high post the success of Neerja, says she won’t talk about her private life till, maybe, when she decides to get married. “Still, you should never have [too many] conversations about it. I am as it is open and honest. I don’t know how much more openness and honesty is needed,” says the actor.
In fact, Sonam credits her forthright attitude to her parents (father Anil Kapoor and mother Sunita Kapoor). “My father has always let me be. I make a lot of tough decisions — in my personal and professional sphere — and strong statements, which are hard for a father [to understand], especially when he really loves you. So, if you want to be a certain way, take sides and comment on things you believe in, remember that it’s not easy on your parents, as you might end up getting a lot of flak for it. It’s scary for them, but they have never said anything to me,” she says.
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On the professional front, Sonam says she is “looking for roles that challenge” her. “Neerja was largely on my shoulders. So, it was a tough journey,” says the actor, adding, “That’s why I am chilled out (laughs). Jo jiski kismet mein hota hai woh usko milta hai (you get whatever is in your destiny). Honestly, I feel I am really blessed. I live a fairy-tale life, and maybe, that’s why they (the makers) make me play girl-next-door parts.”