Sonam Kapoor was born in the Mumbai 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. Kapoor’s paternal cousins are actors Arjun Kapoor and Mohit Marwah, and maternal second cousin is actor Ranveer Singh.
Sonam Kapoor is the eldest daughter of one of the most well known actors in Bollywood, Anil Kapoor. She made her debut in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya in November of 2007. Even though the movie didn’t do well at the box office, Sonam’s acting was much appreciated. Her second movie, Delhi 6 with Abhishek Bachchan earned her much critical and audience acclaim. She had her first hit with her third release, I Hate Luv Storys also starring Imran Khan while her home production, Aisha, took her career to a new height! She got much critical acclaim for her two movies in 2013: Raanjhanaa and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.
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To me, my parents’ relationship is like a Bollywood movie. Anil, an actor, and Sunita, a former model and fashion designer, met in high school, fell in love, and have been happily married for 35 years.
When we were young, my brother, sister and I would be embarrassed when they called each other “baby” and were affectionate in front of us. But they were best friends and partners, supporting one another’s goals and working together to raise their family, regardless of what society dictated.
When my dad was struggling at the start of his acting career, for instance, my mom supported the two of them financially through modelling work, even though she hated being in front of the camera. And when I was five or six, my dad — who has always identified as a feminist — would take me to set with to take the pressure off my mom, which was unheard of at the time and still uncommon. (This wasn’t always easy for him: Once, I threw a tantrum after my laces came undone, and my dad had to leave a scene mid take because I wouldn’t let anyone else retie them.)
With these kinds of actions, my parents, idealistic children of the ’70s, taught us their progressive principles. Watching them, I learned the value of hard work, honesty, tolerance and a strong moral compass, and that what I could accomplish didn’t have to be limited or decided by my gender.
While this may be common knowledge in other parts of the world (in theory if not always in practice), growing up in India, this was revolutionary. Here, many of us worship goddesses and elect women to the most powerful offices, yet women still aren’t seen as equal to men.
“Watching my parents, I learned that what I could accomplish didn’t have to be limited or decided by my gender.”
But at home, there was no difference between my brother and I, between my mom and my dad. Seeing my parents interact as equals, I knew I too could have a voice someday. I felt empowered to stand up for myself.
The actions and values I observed at home have guided me throughout my career, and in many ways shaped it. In the past, this has meant walking away from so-called prestigious films where I wasn’t receiving the treatment or pay I felt I deserved (the industry is still very patriarchal), and others that didn’t align with my worldview. But my upbringing has also led to exciting projects that have the power to spread my values further.
Cinema can be a reflection of what society is going through, but once in a while, you can be part of something that can actually change the way people think. My dad and I recently collaborated on our first film together, “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga” (“This is How I Felt When I Saw That Girl”), in which he plays my father, and I play his closeted lesbian daughter, trying to find a way to come out to him.
As the first Bollywood movie about a lesbian relationship, we knew it wasn’t going to be a commercial hit in conservative India, and since we filmed it before gay sex was decriminalized last September, we weren’t sure the film would be released at all. But my dad said, “We need to change the way people think about these things. You have to be OK with loving whoever you want to love, or being whoever you want to be.” I couldn’t agree more.
“Cinema can be a reflection of society, but once in a while, you can be part of something that can actually change the way people think.”
Last year, I followed in my parents’ footsteps and married my own best friend, a kind, sensitive man who is comfortable expressing his feelings and cares deeply about the world around him. When I look at him, I see so many of the values that were passed down to me. In fact, I don’t know if I would have chosen him had I not been raised to cherish those qualities — and I have my parents to thank for that.
The more I think about it, inheritance is not about money, or property or legacy. It’s the values you instill in your children. Teach them to do the right thing and to stand up for themselves and others, for the benefit of their future selves and the people around them. Everything else is secondary.
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Kapoor has supported charitable organisations for various causes. In 2009, she participated in the International Indian Film Academy Awards fashion show, which supports widows and orphans of Indian film-industry workers. On behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) she wrote to Maharashtra Home Minister R. R. Patil, protesting against the use of glass-coated manja (used on fighter kites), which kills birds who become entangled in it. In 2018, however, she attracted some controversy when she declared her support for Salman Khan upon his conviction for hunting an endangered blackbuck, despite her previous criticism of trophy hunting.
In 2012, Kapoor asked fans to donate to the Ogaan Cancer Foundation for her birthday, and collaborated with the foundation to increase awareness of breast cancer. She is also the brand ambassador for the Elle Breast Cancer Campaign. Kapoor is vocal in her support for LGBT rights in India. She launched the trailer of the film, Sisak, India’s first silent gay love story, through her Twitter account in January 2017.
Kapoor auctioned some of her clothes on stylist Pernia Qureshi’s online fashion boutique, Pernia’s Pop-Up Shop, in 2012. The proceeds were donated to Smile Foundation, a child-welfare organisation. In 2014, she attended a charitable art exhibition organised by the Rouble Nagi Art Foundation, and donated clothing and accessories to a website raising funds for In Defense of Animals.
Kapoor walked the ramp in a 2015 fashion show by Manish Malhotra for the Mijwan Welfare Society, a non-profit organisation dedicated to empowering girls. The same year, she appeared with Hrithik Roshan in the music video for “Dheere Dheere”, whose profits were donated to charity. In 2017, she hosted a dinner to raise funds for children suffering from cancer.
List of Movies
Saawariyaa (2007), Delhi 6 (2009), I Hate Luv Stories (2010), Aisha (2010), Thank You (2011), Players (2012), Ranjhana (2013), Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013), Bewakoofiyaan (2014), Khoobsurat (2014), Dolly Ki Dolli (2015), Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015), Neerja (2016), Pad Man (2018), Veere De Wedding (2018), Sanju (2018).
Sonam had acted as assistant director in Rani Mukherjee’s film ‘Black’, but she gave big breaks to Sanjay Leela Bhansali in his movie Saawariya. For the first time in this film, he appeared in front of people on the screen and newspapers and TVs. There are plenty of headlines on the channels too.
As a new actress, she was also nominated for Best Actor Filmfare Award for the film. After this he has done a lot of performances in many Hindi films.
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