Actor Sonam Kapoor is the only Bollywood heroine to be featured in a string of rain sequences without wearing the trademark chiffon saris, adorned by most Bollywood heroines for decades now. "I’m so unlucky!" she exclaims, "No heroine would ever have done romantic rain scenes and songs wearing a 10-kilo burqa or a pair of heavy pants or an off-white salwar kameez. I’ve done it all and trust me, every time I’ve done it, I’ve nearly frozen to death."
While shooting the scene in an off-white salwar kameez in Mausam, which releases today, Sonam was with co-star Shahid Kapoor in Chandigarh in the middle of winter. There was artificial rain organised and despite wearing a protective layer of clothes underneath the actual clothes, the actors couldn’t stop their teeth from clamouring. "We were freezing despite all our efforts. And imagine, in that weather, I had to emote as if I felt like love is in the air," giggles Sonam, recalling a similar and worse rain act, shot in the winter at Edinburgh. "The winter there clubbed with fake rains has ensured that I never shoot rain sequences in winters."
However, as much as she dislikes the idea of getting wet in the cold weather, Sonam adores the concept of romance closely linked with the rains. "During monsoons, if you’ve noticed, the light outside is usually dim, as if God’s setting the mood for love. It’s cool weather, you’d want to curl up in bed with your loved one, you’d want to feel his or her arms around you, have a lot of wine and just stay indoors hearing the drops pitter-patter on the ground," says Sonam, adding that she wouldn’t mind a monsoon wedding in the hills. "If I had it my way, I would marry my man in a huge house with French windows atop a hill, bang in the middle of the monsoons. It’s so scenic to have a mehndi ceremony in an open space covered with plastic sheets on top, with friends and sisters around."
As for reel life, the Aisha (2010) star, who’s known for her dressing sense, now wants to be seen in a chiffon sari, dancing in the rains. Sridevi in Mr India’s (1986) song Kaate nahi kat te… and Raveena Tandon with smoking hot’Akshay Kumar in the Mohra (1994) track, ‘Tip tip barsa paani…’ are her favourites. "If you notice, they’ve not exposed too much, but the way they’ve danced, emoted and felt the rains in a sari is so sensuous. I watched these songs when I was growing up," recalls Sonam. "Now, that I’m an actor and I know I can carry off a sari, I’d better have one such number to my credit, ASAP!"