Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor, who turned 24 Tuesday, is on a roll. After becoming the face of global cosmetic brand L'Oreal in India, she has now featured in a special edition of Hollywood's trade bible The Hollywood Reporter. She is thrilled by the recognition.
Sonam, who was seen in Saawariya and Delhi-6, has featured in The Hollywood Reporter's inaugural Next Generation: Asia Class of 2009 magazine, which is a special issue devoted to Asia.
"It is pleasing to be recognised by Hollywood so early in my career, but my success is due to the enormous faith that the Indian film industry has placed in me and the great love that I have been lucky to get from my audiences," Sonam said in press release.
"I am very gratified that such an influential Hollywood publication decided to honour me in this fashion. But given that the Hollywood Reporter issue was devoted to talent from all over Asia, I accepted the honour not just for myself but as representative of all the great new talent that the industry has seen in recent times," she added.
Sonam's name has been mentioned in the article about "the next generation of leaders in the rapidly evolving Asian entertainment sector". The magazine also has a separate write-up on Sonam talking about her career, including her start as an assistant director to Sanjay Leela Bhansali in Black.
With her career going beyond Indian shores, actor Anil Kapoor's daughter says she will give a nod to international cinema only if a project matches her criteria.
"My heart is in India. And the films we make here can stand comparison with those made anywhere in the world, including Hollywood. So if and when there is an offer from the West, I will judge it on the same criteria that I choose scripts - whether I believe in the story, the project and the people involved or not; and not just because it has come from Hollywood," she said.