Sonam Kapoor Ahuja ( born 9 June 1985) is an Indian actress who works in Hindi films. She has received a National Film Award and a Filmfare Award, and from 2012–2016, she appeared in Forbes India‘s Celebrity 100 list based on her income and popularity.
Kapoor, the daughter of actor Anil Kapoor, began her career as an assistant director on filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s 2005 highly acclaimed drama Black. She later made her acting debut in Bhansali’s romantic drama Saawariya (2007), a box office flop, and had her first commercial successes with the romantic comedy I Hate Luv Storys (2010) and the ensemble romantic comedy-drama Aisha (2010).
|Kapoor at Mami Mumbai Film Festival in 2018|
|Born||9 June 1985 (age 35) |
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
|Spouse(s)||Anand Ahuja |
|Parent(s)||Sunita and Anil Kapoor|
|Relatives||See Surinder Kapoor family|
Sonam Kapoor Life and career
Early life (1985–2006)
Kapoor was born in the Bombay suburb of Chembur on 9 June 1985. Her father is actor and producer Anil Kapoor, the son of the late filmmaker Surinder Kapoor and the founder of the Anil Kapoor Films Company. Her mother, Sunita, is a former model and designer. Kapoor has two younger siblings: film producer Rhea and brother Harshvardhan. She is the niece of film producer Boney Kapoor and actor Sanjay Kapoor; actress Sridevi and producer Mona Shourie (Boney’s wives) are her aunts.
Debut and career fluctuations (2007–2012)
During the production of Black, Kapoor developed an interest in acting when Bhansali professed that he wanted to cast her in the lead in his next film, Saawariya. She was advised to lose weight; at the time, she weighed about 80 kilograms (180 lb). Motivated by Bhansali’s confidence in her, she lost 35 kilograms (77 lb) in two years. Kapoor studied acting with Roshan Taneja, Jayati Bhatia and Feroz Abbas Khan, and has cited actresses Waheeda Rehman and Nutan as influences, admiring their “path-breaking films … [and] quality of doing different things”.
Establishing with Raanjhanaa (2013–2015)
Kapoor’s role in the Anand L. Rai-directed romantic drama Raanjhanaa (2013) marked a turning point in her career; Geety Sahgal called it her best performance to date in The Indian Express. Kapoor’s role was that of Zoya Haider, a young Muslim student from Varanasi who is drawn into politics after the murder of her Sikh lover. To prepare for her part, Kapoor interacted with students, attended workshops and practised with theatre groups associated with Jawaharlal Nehru University. She also studied Jaya Bachchan’s work in Guddi (1971), which she felt was “perfect” for her role.
Neerja, marriage and beyond (2016–present)
Following an appearance in the music video of Coldplay’s “Hymn for the Weekend”, Kapoor starred in Ram Madhvani’s biographical thriller Neerja (2016). She was cast as the eponymous air hostess Neerja Bhanot, who died while saving the passengers of the hijacked Pan Am Flight 73 in 1986. Kapoor felt responsible towards the project because it is about real events, and met Bhanot’s family as a preparation for her role.
In the media
Born into a prominent actor family, Kapoor has appeared in the media from an early age, and is one of the highest-paid actresses in Bollywood. After the success of Raanjhanaa and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag she was cited by Subhash K. Jha as one of the top actresses in India, though a commentator for Rediff.com notes that several of her films have been commercial failures.