Sonam Kapoor was in Auckland on February 14 and guess who was her secret Valentine? No, it wasn’t a blonde, bue-eyed hunk but her band of girls, that includes assistant, Namrata, a pretty little miss who touches up her pancakes and paints between shots and another young lady who makes sure that there’s a tuna salad waiting for the actor when she returns to her room, low on energy after a hard day’s work.
Sonam is in the ‘City of Sails’, filming Players, the desi version of The Italian Job. And though normally calorie conscious about her catwalk figure, on Cupid’s Day, she gave in to her cravings and went on a rare binge.
“We had everything from kebabs and falafel to aaloo parathas and butter chicken, from fries with Peri Peri sauce to a chocolate caramel pudding,” she says, sighing over the sumptuous memory.
And then, Sonam being Sonam, had a guilt attack at 10 pm and hit the gym to knock off the extra calories. The next morning she was up at 4.30 am for a shoot at the Sky City’s revolving restaurant, Orbit, arriving, as always, on the dot, after digging into a bowl of nutritious dalia.
As she waited to be called for her shot, she admitted that she was still hungry, but resolutely turned away from the bhurji-pau (scrambled eggs and bread) that was on Namrata’s plate.
Valentine’s Day was over, she reminded herself, and smiled over the chocolates and gifts the girls had exchanged. What gifts? “Socks, with hearts and cupcakes on them,” she laughs.
The shoot wraps up this Thursday. And before she whizzes off to Indore, Scotland and Chandigarh for Pankaj Kapur’s Mausam, followed by the promotional whirlwind for Thank You that’ll keep her busy till June, Sonam hopes to snatch at least one fun day in Auckland.
She is debating between taking the plunge from the 192 metre sky diving platform at the Sky Tower or helping sail a former American Cup yacht. “I’ll let the girls decide,” she says. One thing the girls
definitely want to do is go snooping around the Spooky House with its maze of grabbing hands and a headless woman in labour. “Gross!” admits Namrata, “but what the heck!” Yeah, girls just wanna have fun, right?