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Princess Sonam

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Cover and cover story photo credit: SS Fashion Photography

Cover and cover story photo credit: SS Fashion Photography

She’s the darling of red carpet paparazzi and the toast of all fashionistas. The Arab world loves her and her innate sense of style. She’s known to unflinchingly speak her mind and doesn’t bother to be politically correct. She once reprimanded Farhan Akhtar for not getting his tie ironed. All of this and more makes Sonam Kapoor full of drama, spice and everything nice!

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She plays a princess in Sooraj Barjatya’s Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo and finds in it, a dream role. “I’ve worn the most beautiful clothes, shot at the most beautiful locations and worked with a beautiful actor,” she says. Playing a princess hasn’t been new to Sonam though. “In Khoobsurat, I play a wannabe princess,” she laughs.

The actress is keen on completing her graduation this year. “I started working and couldn’t earn my degree. This year I hope to do so,” she states.

In an interview with Filmfare Middle East she had said that clothes add to her body and books to her soul. Sonam and her sister Rhea have since then started their fashion label Rheson – a dream they’ve had for a long time.

Her father, a proud Anil Kapoor, wrote on Twitter: “Another Rheson to make me proud!”

According to reports, Sonam and Rhea, along with a group of designers, will be designing the clothes for their brand. Post launch, the sisters plan to create almost 40- 50 new pieces every few weeks.

Being outspoken has its own issues but Sonam has managed to say it well while grinning and bearing it. At one point of time she was in the news for calling Aishwarya Rai Bachchan ‘aunty’ but she has since cleared her stance.

“It’s all hearsay – I never said any of that. I don’t want to comment on it anymore. A lot has been written and said and it’s all become very messy and dirty, and I don’t want to get into it anymore. I really respect Abhishek as a person and had one of my best experiences working in Delhi 6. Aishwarya Rai is Aishwarya Rai – I never said that. I would address her in a respectful manner, but I’d never call her aunty”. Since then, she and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan have come together in an ad and have shared screen space with the likes of international beauties like Eva Longoria, Naomi Watts, Julianne Moore and more! The commercial has all the brand ambassadors of the popular cosmetic brand coming together and swaying to the tunes of a melodious song by John Legend.

Sonam has never stopped herself from expressing herself online. When Shobhaa De, referring to one of Sonam’s shoots, wrote on her blog, “Sonam just doesn’t cut it in the sex appeal stakes”, Sonam replied, “For a 60-something porn writer, I am sure she (Shobha) knows what she’s talking about.” But this didn’t stop here. When Shobhaa criticized I Hate Luv Storys by labeling it as “I Hates Dumb Storys”, Sonam retweeted a tweet from director Punit Malhotra that he later deleted, “Guys pls don’t take Shobha De seriously. She’s a fossil who’s getting no action and going through menopause.” After all this drama, Sonam took to Twitter to formally apologise to Shobhaa.

When actor Abhay Deol, who had acted with Sonam Kapoor in the movie Aisha, complained about her repeated tantrums on the sets of the film and then took on Sonam and Anil Kapoor, Sonam had even said, “It just shows how badly brought up Abhay is.”

Ask her if she promotes Indian designers through her films and she says, “We have a very talented crop of designers and I do like to wear their stuff. In the beginning, I wore a lot of international designers. I have been lucky that directors trust my sense of aesthetics and costume. Even designers Anamika Khanna and Anuradha Vakil have been very supportive”.

“A lot of people get confused between my character and me. In Delhi 6, they said, ‘Oh, she’s so Indian’ and then suddenly Aisha happened and they called me ‘fashionable’. I like to do different things. People shouldn’t get bored of you and you shouldn’t become complacent.”

About her reading habits she says, “I always try and read issue-based books with books that are fun. I have really bad eyesight because of the amount of reading I do. My mind needs to be constantly engaged. I do watch TV but I need to read books all the time. I have realised though that I am allergic to dust, so I don’t have a huge library. I have started downloading books and read books on my iPad.”

Like all her contemporaries, Sonam will be seen in a biopic too. She will be seen in the biopic of Neerja Bhanot, a Pan Am cabin crew member who died saving passengers on a hijacked flight, and the actress says the flight attendant’s story will inspire young women of the country.

Bhanot, the senior most flight attendant on board a Pan Am Mumbai-New York flight, was shot dead by terrorists, who hijacked the flight in Karachi in 1986, in her courageous bid to save the lives of passengers. She became the youngest recipient of India’s highest peacetime military award for bravery, the Ashok Chakra. “I thought doing this film just reaffirms that it is about not bowing down. She (Neerja) had won the Arjuna Award for bravery and is the youngest and only female to win it. I think it’s commendable. It is an inspiring story for me to do.”