In November, Sonam Kapoor will complete nine years in Bollywood. The actor says she is “not focusing only on solo films” even after being in the industry for so long.
Here, she talks about her reasons to do multi-starrers, working on a film with sister-producer Rhea Kapoor, and more.
It is believed that Bollywood actors focus more on solo-lead films. But after Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015) and Neerja, you are working on a multi-starrer, Veere Di Wedding, that also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan…
I do things that excite me. For me, it is about how I impact the world [with my work], and how I evolve. I want to do solo-lead films. When something interesting comes along, I will do it. Right now, I am excited about my new film.
Are you competing with anyone?
I am not in a race with anyone, but myself. I try to beat my records. I don’t care what other people are doing. My happiness comes from the work I do, and if I push myself as an artiste. You need to look at your life, and go about with dignity in whatever you do.
Do you feel a sense of responsibility after your last two films did well at the box office?
I always had a sense of responsibility, more so after becoming a public figure. When you are a public figure, everything you say and do has an impact. We need to be responsible. At the same time, I need to be honest to my craft too. Striking that balance is difficult. I tell myself, “Just be honest in everything you do and things will be good.”
You must be looking forward to working with Rhea after Aisha (2010) and Khubsoorat (2014)?
It is a coming-of-age film about young modern Indian women. I am happy to have my friends Swara (Bhaskar; actor) and Bebo (Kareena) in it. Rhea and I are close, so to have such a strong female presence (Ekta Kapoor is one of the producers) in the film is exciting. It will be path-breaking of sorts.
Any developments on your plans to direct?
I hope to get behind the camera soon. I am looking for scripts. There are many talented people in our country who inspire me.
Now that you will work with Shashanka (Ghosh director) and Rhea (Kapoor, sister) again, do you think the comfort level between the three of you will be better?
I worked with a lot of talented directors, including Shashanka. I worked with Rakeysh sir (Omprakash Mehra) and Aanand sir (L Rai), but I want to work with them again because we understand each other. We have a similar creative vision. It’s difficult to find that in the industry but, luckily, the understanding that I have with the directors is similar. Plus, they are the best directors in the industry.
As an actor, does it help to have a father like Anil Kapoor?
For me, he is just my dad, not Anil Kapoor, the actor. For my parents, I am not Sonam, the actor. I am their child, who they fire all the time. Dad is a brilliant actor, but I know him as much more. I have seen his work, but I can’t separate the two people. There are many people, and actors such as Ranveer (Singh), Ranbir (Kapoor) and Arjun (Kapoor) who are obsessed with his persona. It’s cool when people look at your dad as a hero. But for me, he is my dad.
Is it true that despite being Anil Kapoor’s daughter you didn’t want to become a Bollywood star?
I didn’t because when an actor tries to become a star, his or her intentions are wrong. When actors do their job and become stars in the process, it has more impact. When you have good intentions, good things follow, and you and your craft flourish.
Why aren’t you signing more films?
I am in talks with several film-makers. I am open to some brilliant work. If anyone is interested, they are welcome to approach me (laughs). I am the most open person, but I am not someone who wants to do run-of-the-mill stuff. I want to do something that stretches my boundaries as an artiste and as a person. It doesn’t have to be the most commercial film.