Bollywood biggie Anil Kapoor’s daughter Sonam Kapoor made headlines right from the start.
She made her debut along with fellow debutant Ranbir Kapoor and looked ethereal against the dramatic backdrop of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s noir film Saawariya (2007).
After an almost two-year-long gap, Sonam made her next appearance in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Delhi-6 (2009) opposite Abhishek Bachchan.
Although, like Saawariya, this film didn't achieve much at the box office, but the difference here was Sonam’s performance was critically acclaimed. She was praised for her portrayal of the spontaneous and spirited Delhi girl Bittu Sharma.
Film critic Rajeev Masand said, "Sonam Kapoor is the revelation in Delhi 6. She's a firecracker, instinctive and uninhibited in what isn't even a conventional female lead."
Ever since then, there’s been no looking back for Sonam Kapoor. The actress has been landing plum roles opposite several prominent actors.
Sonam Kapoor achieved her first commercial success with chick-flick I Hate Luv Storys (2010) opposite Imran Khan. The mushy romance story with the done-to-death theme won her praise from some critics who liked her dreamy girl avatar in the film.
Critic Taran Adarsh was in raptures about Sonam in IHLS. He said, "From salwars (donned in Saawariya, Delhi 6) to skirts in I Hate Luv Storys, Sonam finally gets a role that does justice to her as an actress. The ease and class with which she carries off the glam look is fantastic. She's like a whiff of fresh air and you actually wonder, is she the same girl from Saawariya and Delhi 6?"
Sonam’s first role as a protagonist came in Aisha where she played the titular character. The film, which was produced by sister Rhea and daddy Anil Kapoor, was supposed to be based on Jane Austen’s famous novel Emma. While both Sonam’s acting and the film’s performance at the box office were nothing to write home about, it was Sonam’s couture dressing sense that became talk of the town. The film undoubtedly made her the reigning fashionista of Bollywood.
Although Sonam’s initial acting skills didn’t prove to be her forte, this charming Kapoor more than made up with her sharp features and her fashionable dressing sense. From a cocktail dress and leather pants to elegant Anarkalis and a Pac-Man sari, this lady has never been shy to experiment and what’s more, she carries them all off with élan.
Other than Aishwarya and Mallika, Sonam is among the very few Bollywood actresses to have been invited to the Cannes Film Festival.
Not many know that Sonam is a trained classical dancer too.
Sonam played the shy and reticent Sakina, whose heart belongs to Iman (Salman Khan) while Ranbir Kapoor falls in love with her.
Sonam Kapoor played the ambitious Delhi Girl Bittu Sharma opposite Abishek Bachchan
I Hate Luv Storys (2010):
Sonam plays the young Simran Saxena, who while assisting a director on a film, loses herself in its dreamy world.
Sonam is the rich brat who tries to play match-maker for all those around her
Thank You (2011):
Sonam plays the troubled wife of Bobby Deol, who is tired of his philanderous ways
Sonam was cast opposite Shahid Kapoor in his father’s film, where she played Aayat Rasool, a demure Kashmiri girl
Sonam is seen in an out-an-out glam role as Naina Braganza with Abhishek Bachchan and Bipasha Basu in Abbas Mustan’s remake of The Italian Job.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2012):
Sonam has a cameo role opposite Farhan Akhtar in the film
Sonam will be seen opposite Southhern superstar Dhanush.
Raanjhana star Dhanush and Sonam
2008: Stardust Awards - Superstar of Tomorrow – Female - Saawariya
2011: Hello! Hall Of Fame Awards - Face Of The Year – Female
2012: Cosmopolitan Awards - Fun Fearless Female Best Dressed
Sonam Kapoor is not known for her tactful ways and even as she admits to working on her sharp tongue, the lady’s already been found in certain awkward situations.
* In 2010, Sonam Kapoor lashed out at columnist Shobhaa De, who trashed her then released film in her column, writing, “I Hate Dumb Storys”. Sonam retorted on Twitter, "Guys please don’t take Shobhaa De seriously. She’s a fossil who’s getting no action and going through menopause." She even called De a ‘60-something porn writer’.
* Sonam once again made headlines when she reportedly called Aishwarya Rai Bachchan an ‘aunty’ because she had acted opposite her dad Anil Kapoor. The two ladies, who are also ambassadors of the same fashion brand, perhaps don’t share the warmest of relations.
On an episode of Koffee With Karan, Sonam appeared with Deepika Padukone and once again landed her foot firmly in her mouth. The actress took many digs at her former co-star and Deepika’s ex Ranbir Kapoor. She said: “Ranbir is not sexy unless he sheds all his clothes...Ranbir is not a good boyfriend material and can never stay faithful, I wonder how Deepika held on to him for so long... and that “Ranbir needs a stylist.”
Ranbir’s dad Rishi Kapoor was allegedly furious and called both the girls immature, even referring to their comments as a case of sour grapes.
* In May 2012, Sonam Kapoor made what sounded like a snide remark about fellow actress Katrina Kaif. In a vague comment, which she later said was a compliment, Sonam said to journalist Anupama Chopra, "I would like to give Katrina a bouquet of flowers." When asked why, she said: "I don't know how she does that. You need a certain kind of commitment and a certain kind of shamelessness to do certain things. You get that may be with stardom or with confidence in your talent or with who you are as a person. I need to develop that before I do films like that."The actress later clarified, "I’m so over being misinterpreted. How can some select media take a compliment made to someone and make it into a controversy…"
On film roles
"One of the major reasons why I am seen in few films is that most of them have demanded a lot of time from me. I don't want to do something forgettable. Whether a movie works or not, people should remember the character that I have played. This is the reason why they still known me as Bittoo, Aisha, Aayat, Simran or Sakina. I work hard but then I want to have a life besides movies as well."
"I never compete with any of the heroines, whether I am starring alongside them or not. I don't think there is any reason to look at any competition and work. I truly believe that I am my own competition and that's the way I wish to be."
On fellow actresses' sartorial sense
"I think most people in the industry dress up really well. Look at Kareena and Deepika… I think they all know how to carry themselves well. We all have our own individual style."
“I think Kangna herself is one of the most incredibly dressed people around but the most stylish person in the industry is Kalki Koechlin. She carries every outfit with confidence.”
On prospective modelling career
“I get the opportunity to do magazine covers and shoots because of my films. I know how to work a camera and the camera loves me. But there are lots of people who want to see me act. In fact, I’ve never had a bad review of my performance.”
On future in Bollywood
“I look younger than my age, and that’s good because it means I have a longer run in the industry. In the next couple of years, I’ll be playing a 16-year-old in one film and a 19-year-old in another. Then it’s just a question of one film being successful and that will wipe the slate clean.”
On Daddy dearest Anil Kapoor
“At his age, he is working as much as the young boys. He is giving them a run for their money.”
On her childhood dreams
I always wanted to be a part of the Famous Five. I wanted to be a detective, a teacher, and when I read Great Expectations, I wanted to be a painter. Books open up this world to you… you feel you can do so much more. I don’t know why today’s kids read strange books or just don’t read!
Date of Birth: 9 June, 1985
Place of Birth: Chembur, Mumbai
Qualification: Political Science and Economics from University of East London
Parents : Anil Kapoor, Sunita Kapoor
Siblings: Rhea Kapoor, Harshvardhan
Family: Surinder Kapoor (Grandfather), Arjun Kapoor (Cousin), Sanjay Kapoor (Uncle), Boney Kapoor (Uncle), Sridevi (Aunt), Mona Shourie Kapoor (Aunt)