Dressed in a white, off-shoulder gown, and seated on a sofa, Sonam Kapoor is a picture of radiance. While she has always been known for her sense of style, the actor has also progressively proven her talent by doing different kinds of films — from playing a small-town girl in Raanjhanaa (2013) to an airhostess in Neerja.
We are seated in a hotel room, when the actor says she hasn’t “received a bad review” for her performances in the past five years.
When asked if she ever feels pressurised to constantly look good because of the ‘style icon’ tag, Sonam says, “There is nothing in my life — including wearing clothes or acting in movies — that I do for other people. I do everything for myself.”
Elaborating on the same, the actor explains, “I do not believe in dressing up for somebody else or signing a movie for anybody. I do not believe in conforming and following [set norms]. I believe in doing things that make me happy. One day, if I decide to be in pyjamas, I’ll wear them and come for an event. How I dress has nothing to do with what people think of me.”
Ask her if it’s possible for actors to function without managers and PRs today, and Sonam says, “No, we can’t. There’s too much media, and too many things that keep happening. We are professionals; we aren’t working in a cottage industry, but in a multi-crore industry. I think it is very important to work as professionals. You need these people to manage you and create your brand, so that when you have to work as an artiste, you can concentrate on that.”
Coming to her personal life, the actor has always maintained that she is guarded about it. Do incidents such as the Hrithik Roshan-Kangana Ranaut controversy convince her that it’s better not to reveal details about her relationships to the media? “Not at all,” says Sonam. “I have been like this since I was 21. I have certain principles that I stand by. I believe in honesty, doing the right thing and not treading on other people’s toes to go ahead [in one’s career].”
The actor goes on to say that because of these qualities, she has a positive image in the media today. “I think there’s a lot of positivity towards me in the media and on social media. I have never looked at the media as an enemy, because I don’t have anything to hide. There’s no smoke without fire,” she says.
Talking about whether the PR machinery comes in the way of a journalist’s personal rapport with an actor, Sonam says, “I don’t think that’s true. I have personal connections with journalists who care to have relationships with me, and vice versa. If they want to make a good copy with you, they need to nurture that relationship.”
The Bollywood actor is currently in the news for having launched her app, which allows fans to get a sneak peek into her world, follow her fashion tips, and be in constant touch with her. Though it’s a given that only popular celebrities can have their apps, but Sonam doesn’t consider herself a star.
“I don’t think I’m immodest enough to do that,” she says, adding, “I just know that there are a lot of like-minded people. They have the same kind of world view as me, and they follow me on social media. I do not look at them as people who are inferior to me. I look at them as equals. They might aspire to have a life like mine, but I might aspire to have a life like someone else’s.”