Sonam Kapoor Curated
National Award Winning Actress
CURATED BY : +44 others
Who was your inspiration?
Why is it so important to be real on social media?
How do you keep it real?
How do you use the power that you have?
Why did you decide to show all your imperfections despite being a celebrity face?
Why did you take a break from twitter recently?
What is your mantra of controlling social media rather than it controlling you?
Why do you think the story of “Ek ladki ko dekha to aisa laga” is very important?
Why is the story of Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa is so important?
Do you think we are moving towards the right direction after the removal of section 377?
How did you get inspire to do the role in Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga?
What was it like to work with your father specially when he is so competitive?
Does it bother you that despite of doing such good movies you are labelled as “fashionista”?
How difficult it is to keep the chemistry alive in a long distance relationship?
How are you balancing your personal and professional life?
What’s your relationship with time?
What is your advice to all the young aspiring girls out there?
The ambition to become an actor came from the family legacy or it was your own wish?
For you, what does being a feminist means?
What did you mean when you said you were ruined by books?
Is it difficult to be a star and also to retain the genuineness of who you are?
You took a year off to find out what you really want to do, so where did you arrive at?
Apart from your beauty, what do you like about yourself in terms of qualities?
Why do you say that make up artists should have most of the credit for how you look like?
What has Indian film industry taught you?
Who are the people you have surrounded yourself with?
What qualities did Anand Ahuja have that melted you?
Did you face challenges in your childhood regarding your body?
With the pressure of presenting your best self to the world on social media, how do you maintain your privacy?
What according to you is the one idea which can change our country for the better next generation?
Is it true that you are an insulin dependent diabetic and how do you manage to balance your lifestyle with it?
From where do you get the passion for fashion?
What kind of a temper do you have?
Is it true that you once worked as a waitress just for experience?
Can two actresses be friends?
Why the title “Rheson”?
Would you say your career has gone exactly how you wanted it in terms of getting roles?
How did your relationship with your father alter after you became an actress?
How good are you at taking failure in your journey?
How was it growing up as Anil Kapoor’s daughter?
Have you ever felt like dating any of your co stars?
Do you look for qualities in a man that your father has?
What tips would you like to give someone who wants to date you?
Do you find it incestuous when people in the industry date each other?
What is so special about your brand Rheson?
How have you planned to sell your brand?
Are you happy with the journey that you are having in the film industry?
Are you a geek or a fashionista?
Did moving out of your house at the age of 15 made you very independent?
What was your very first job?
As a person, are you free spirited?
What fears do you have?
What kind of men are off limits for you?
What do you think about live-in relationships?
in today’s age, who would you say has re-defined their status to become a symbol of desirability
How do you empower yourself?
Tell us little bit about your love towards writing poetry.
When someone criticises you, do you retaliate?
What do you have to say about your father?
You are so independent yourself so do you think it is better off being single?
Who is the one actor you do not want to work with?
What is the most romantic thing a guy has done for you?
What’s the most traumatising incident that you have faced in your life?
One movie that left a great influence in your life.
Did any of your role make you see life in a different way?
What is your inspiration?
Do you feel nervous when you are shooting any film?
What was one of the most beautiful experience of your life?
You have accomplished so much, is there anything you would like to accomplish that isn’t related to acting?
If you are left on an island all alone, what one film would you take for company?
How did you start the trend of dubsmash of the song “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo”?
What’s the one special Diwali gift that someone had given you and you will never forget?
What made you say yes for the role of “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga”?
What is your biggest insecurity that you have met face to face?
How did your parents broke all the stereotypes when it came to your marriage?
What was your experience like when you had heard the original “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga” song?
Now that you have done Padman, is it that you want to get associated with such conscious films?
Why is it important for you to tell the story of Padman?
There has been debates on the 12% GST on sanitary pads which is reduced now, what do you have to say on it?
What is the thing you loved most about the Padman’s script?
If you direct a film, which genre would you like a to explore?
What would an ideal film recommendation that you can make to someone who enjoyed watching Neeraja?
How happy were you for getting “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo”?
What is the thing about Salman Khan that scares you?
How was your experience working with Salman Khan?
What do you have to say about the music of “Prem Rtan Dhan Payo”?
What was your reaction when you were first approached for the character in “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo”?
What have you personally gained working with Sooraj Barjatya?
Which film are you doing after Neeraja?
What drives you in your professional life?
What is box office for you?
If you were an air hostess in real life, how would you treat an arrogant passenger?
What is your advice to the people on voting?
Why haven’t you ever dated anyone from the film industry?
What is the one thing that your father does which embarrasses you?
What was the last performance that you saw which made you feel insecure?
Movies like Players and Thank you were conscious compromises or they just turned out to be terrible?
In a movie where most powerful people are women, is the vibe of the set different?
How much script of “Veere Di Wedding” was improvised while shooting?
Is there a danger in the concept of “Verre Di Wedding” of reducing what woman empowerment is by behaving like men?
What are the expectations from “Veere Di Wedding”?
What are your favourite women-led films?
What would you like to say about late Sridevi?
What do you have to say on you breaking stereotypes with your Bollywood films?
What was your parents’ reaction when you told them you were ready to get married?
When do you think women centric films will incline?
How was your experience working with Rajkumar Rao?
How was your 2018?
How important box office is in the film industry?
Would you say your husband is lucky charm for “Veere Di Wedding”?
Do you think a film about 4 girls bonding is the change that we needed?
What it feels like when you get positive response towards a film?
How was your experience working as a princess in “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo”?
What was your reaction on day 1 when you saw Salman walk in on the sets of “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo”?
Who is your favourite director?
How do you feel when you get compared with other Rajshri heroins like Madhuri and Bhagyashree?
Did you find Salman Khan’s character “Prem” different in this film?
Which are your favourite songs from “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo”?
What was shooting Neerja like?
Was “Neerja” the toughest film that you have shot?
What do you aspire for when it comes to doing films?
What would you like to say about Shahid Kapoor?
Did it ever bother you that Pankaj Kapoor is making “Mausam” and Shahid Kapoor might get more preference?
What kind of a person Shahid Kapoor is?
What do you find most irritating about Shahid Kapoor?
One thing in your bucket list you want to accomplish before you turn 40.
What is the most fun thing about being an actor?
What is the one advice your father gave that you will always remember?
What is the one thing you would like to advice to your mother.
What advice would you like to give to your 14 year self?
Have you ever faced gender bias when you were young?
What would you like to tell to those social media platforms which tolerates abuse online?
Who is the one actress in the industry you envy and why?
How would you rate yourself out of 10 as an actor?
How would you rate yourself as a girlfriend?
What traits in a man turns you off?
What are the traits that are total turn on in a man?
What is the one praise that you will never forget?
What was your first proposal like?
What was your first date like?
What was the first song you dedicated to Anand?
What was your first fight with Anand like?
When did you have your first dance with Anand?
Who do you think is the biggest competition of your father?
In 2011 you had said you would rather not do a role with your father, how did that change?
Who’s the first person you go to when you have something to share?
Do you and your father talk via somebody when it comes to touchy topics because you two have very similar personalities?
What are the advantages or disadvantages of working on your own production?
What is the one mistake that most of the people make when it comes to dressing up?
What was the most adventurous trip that you had?
How excited do you feel before the release of any of your films?
How challenging did you find your character in “Veere Di Wedding”?
Did you feel any pressure while shooting “Veere Di Wedding”?
What is more challenging- shooting or promotions?
Do you think “Veere Di Wedding” will break all the stereotypes?
What will you be in 10 years from now?
How do you participate in festivals like Cannes on your own terms?
What is the one thing that made you believe you can be an actress when you never thought of it as a child?
What are the things we are not getting right in making films that it is not getting selected for example Cannes?
Do you think Indian film makers should aspire to get into foreign film festivals?
How do you feel when you are recognised as Neerja and not Sonam Kapoor sometimes?
Do you think that Neerja is a turning point for you?
Would you like to do a film like Neerja in future?
What is the thing that still pinches you on social media?
Although you have mentioned before you really like social media but is there any chance you might get off it?
What is your favourite dialogue of Dhanush from “Ranjhana”?
How was your experience working with Aanand L. Rai?
What is the one best memory you made while shooting “Raanjhana”?
How much did you like the music of “Raanjhanna”?
Was Sonakshi Sinha also considered for your role in “Raanjhana”?
What is the meaning of “Raanjhana”?
How important was the movie “Raanjhanna” for your career?
Do you connect with intensity?
How different your character in “Raanjhana” is than any other that you have done before?
What was your reaction when you found out Dhanush was your co-star?
In the film, you are lucky for the Indian cricket team.
I think that every girl is lucky and the conventional thought that we are a burden on parents is all wrong. My father always thought I was lucky for him. Here, the girl is named Zoya as the word means a gift, which we are to our families!
Most of your films in the last few years have worked. What is the process you have for choosing them?
I have never believed in the length of my role. I think that it is important to work in films that make a difference because of what they want to say. It’s also important to work with good people, and today, R. Balki, Rajkumar Hirani, Ram Madhvani or any of my directors are people with whom I will sign films in a heartbeat because I enjoy working with them all! Look, I have done films in which I have had three scenes and two songs, and in such cases, I prefer that the role still has something to say, like in a “Delhi-6,” “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag,” “Sanju” or “Pad-Man,”
That reminds us—the last three, along with “Neerja,” have been biopics. Do you have a yen for them?
You know now why I choose films. And, if you notice, except for “Neerja” all my biopics had ME in fictional roles!
According to you, why did “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Lagaa” not do as well as all of you hoped?
Maybe people were afraid to go and watch it? Do you know that it has done stupendously well on the digital platform, which means that the audience seemed to prefer watching it alone, I think! Look, in India, the stigma on being gay is still there. I have preserved all the messages I keep getting after the film, messages that said “I have accepted myself now” or “I came out to my parents” after watching my film. I think that’s something great!
When you do a home production with sister Rhea and father Anil Kapoor as producers, are you also involved in the choice of stories, whether it is “Aisha,” “Khoobsurat” or “Veere Di Wedding”?
What were your reasons for accepting “The Zoya Factor?
I simply wanted to relax and do an easy-breezy film! All my last films were very much of the serious kind, and I wanted to unwind. I do take some of my characters home, and so a light movie was imperative after so much work.
“Veere…” was a light film too.
Yes, but it was my home production, and I was involved in many things. My make-up van doubled up as a production meeting venue too! I could not relax abd have a ball like my co-stars did!
Why is it necessary to take most films home?
Filmmaker Ian Michelin, who visited India sometime ago, told me that an actor is like a sieve. He said that every character an actor plays is different, but all of them are played through the filter of who you are in real life. So there is something of you in each character you play, and something of a character that is left behind within you. That is why, for me, it is important to empty myself of a character, and so a light film was just the right prescription.
So what remains with you from your recent characters? What are your takeaways?
From “Neerja” I learned that bravery means really being afraid but still doing the right thing while having fear. “Sanju” taught me the power of the media, and how they can shape perceptions. “Pad-Man” taught me that the real India has not progressed much beyond the metros, and that they still consider periods as something dirty, despite knowing that someone who does not get her periods will be pregnant! And I am not even talking of the locals but also part of our team!
And what did “Veere...” teach you?
That women should work more with women, and I should work more with Kareena Kapoor Khan! (Laughs)
Would you like to do a gray or villainous role?
I think that concept is now dated. I would call such characters imperfect or maybe selfish, which does not mean they are bad people!
Returning to “The Zoya Factor,” how superstitious are you in real life?
C’mon, yaar, I am an Indian too! We do hang nimbu-mirchi (a lemon and green chillies tied up together) on our door and on our car, we have a murti (idol of God) inside the car, and we eat dahi-shakkar (curds and sugar) whenever we leave town!
How is your equation with your uncle Sanjay Kapoor, who plays your dad in the film?
The fact that he is young, and is easy and hassle-free, makes him more of a friend than a chacha! He is my fun uncle, and I dare tell him things, like what I have done wrong, which I will not tell even my father!
You have been very active on social media during this lockdown times. Is there a reason?
I feel like this is the time to do it… to speak for the people who don’t have a voice and to support those who are sticking their necks out and speaking loud and clear. I feel that’s the right thing to do. A lot of people think I have my foot in my mouth all the time but I feel that’s okay and I don’t care about what people say about me anymore. I have a platform and a voice and it is my duty to use it whenever I can. I hope it gives other people courage to do the same. Recently, there was a lot of stigma attached to getting the virus and shaming someone who has it. Ostracizing the person is not going to let other people come out and say that they have the virus. Like I said on social media, empathy is the need of the hour.
What is the reason for your tweets about Kanika Kapoor?
Yes. I know that it is irresponsible, especially when you are educated and you have a background where you are living with your grandparents or your old parents. I see why people are critical of that. Swaddle is a really nice platform that I follow and they had an article on why it’s wrong to demonise people who have the virus. I don’t know Kanika at all but I just feel that she did try to get herself tested, right? So the fact that she did get herself tested means she understood the implications of it eventually. I am not supporting the fact that she went out to party. I am not supporting her irresponsible behaviour but I am just saying that don’t demonise a person. Like the chef who passed away (Floyd Cardoz), he had put a post saying that he had the virus and because of the trolling, the fear and stress that people went through, he took down the post and then he put up another post saying that I am really sorry I posted it. And his last post is him apologising for being really sick. That is the saddest thing. I understand that your business might be harmed and all of this but first he did the responsible thing and then after, because of the stigma and negativity attached to it, he was made to pull down his post and I felt so bad.
You also posted about donating to the various funds that have been created for the daily wage earners within the film industry. How do you think this is going to impact the business in the long run?
I am a silent partner in an agency that my manager runs which is for styling, hair and makeup. We only make money when they make money. We know for the next 2-3 months, there will be no income coming in for them. So the best we can do to take the pressure off them is not take the percentage of the profit that they make to a capacity that we can as a company so that we don’t go underpaying the monthly salaries to the people that we have hired whether they are working from home or not working. But is it going to have a huge effect on the film industry because we work in conditions that are not exactly sanitary and safe. I have worked on several small projects and small budget films… People are afraid. Life as we know it has completely changed. Now there are so many streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon, Hotstar, Zee, Disney etc and people are anyway migrating towards them. There were only these big-budget films that were doing super well on a commercial basis. The kind of films that I do like Ek Ladki Ko Dekha or The Zoya Factor were not tracking that much. Even till 3 years ago when Neerja released, there was a completely different way of looking at things and going to the cinema. So I think that might take a hit, even though I am dying to go into a movie theatre and watch a film. I know the first thing I did was to speak to my sister about the environmental impact that we have as filmmakers, the way we use plastic bottles and the kind of wastage that happens. We need to hire a firm who can come and tell us how we can be socially and environmentally responsible while we are making a film. Even though I am a kind of ‘woke celebrity’, I never thought of it.
How do you creatively stay inspired and how do you nourish your soul as an artist when you don’t even know when the next shoot is going to be?
I wanted to do readings. I have a couple of films that were supposed to go on floor. Sujoy’s (Ghosh) one is there which was supposed to go on the floor. Shome (Makhija) is directing it, Sujoy’s assistant for several years. I was super excited about it. We were supposed to shoot it in London. They are saying it is still happening. I had a film with my sister. I was reading something that was super exciting for a digital platform. I was considering it before all this happened because it was really brilliant. A lot of things have come to me. Fortunately for our production company nothing was on floor and for me, as an actor, nothing was on floors yet. Rheson, Bhane and Veg-Nonveg, the three brands that we have, one with my sister and two with my husband, that is where we suffered a little bit in terms of sales. The online platform is still available but we can only deliver the clothes later on.
What are you bingeing on?
I am reading. I watched the last Star Wars film which came out. I saw Bombshell, which I hadn’t seen. I know that there are a lot of contrary views but I really enjoyed it. I thought it was really good and really engaging. I have been watching a lot of reality stuff like documentaries. I started watching House M.D again. But I would recommend not to watch too many series at this time. I would say watch films because you need to keep a very strict regimen when you are in quarantine. It just keeps you sane. I wake up at the same time every morning. I reply to all my messages and emails and read something, I have my hot water. I just keep a very strict regimen.
How did you first meet your husband and how your love story started?
My friends were trying to set me up with Anand’s best friend. That’s how I met him. The first time I met Anand was while I was busy with the promotions of Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015). One evening my friends conned me into visiting a bar at the Taj. I went there quite irritated. When I reached there, I realised my friends had called these two-three boys whom I had no interest in meeting. I was like, ‘I don’t want to date anybody. I don’t believe in marriage and all this nonsense’. I saw Anand and his friend. His friend was tall like me, liked reading like me and was a huge fan of Hindi movies. He was an educated and nice guy. But he reminded me too much of my brother Harsh (Kapoor). I was like, ‘Dude, he’s Harsh. I’m not going to date this guy’. Sometimes, people believe that when they have similar interests, they can be together. No one would think of Anand and me together because Anand is totally different. He had no idea that Anil Kapoor was my father. I ended up speaking to Anand… the whole evening. Anand was trying to get me to talk to his friend… like being the middle man. But we ended up talking more. Then one day I got a Facebook request from Anand saying, “Hey! Are you still single? Because so and so is still single and if you’re ever in London, please connect with him.” That message came at 2:30 am. I messaged him saying that first you shouldn’t be messaging me so late in the night. I’m like a school teacher in matters like these. Don’t mess with me so late in the night. And if the friend is interested then he should message me himself. Why are you messaging me? That’s how the conversation started. We began talking on the phone. Then we met. Two weeks later, we were talking on the phone when I asked him, “Do you still want me to talk to your friend?” He said, “No, No! Not at all. Talk to me. I’m keeping you for myself.
Can you tell us about fashion choices and changing fashion scenarios?
Fashion is always evolving, and I’ve been keeping myself updated. Over the years, I have adapted to and understood the fashion revolution.
How did you space out your films as every character demands a bit from you?
Sir Ian Murray McKellen (Lord Of The Rings) once said something that resonated with me. He said each character is played through the filter of who you are. You’re like a sieve. There’s always a bit of you in the character and a bit of the character left behind in you.For instance, I can’t listen to Rajesh Khanna’s songs anymore. A song like Mere sapno ki rani… I can’t enjoy it in the way I used to before Neerja. Because in the film, it plays a lot.