Chit Chat

Abhay and I never had any problems: Sonam Kapoor

Self-confessed foodie Sonam Kapoor’s eyes lit up as she savoured crunchy dalwadas (“these are yummy… I’d like to have more, but I need to watch my diet and control my craving. I just had some aam ras before I came here, so I’m going to be careful”) and sipped cappuccino during her hour-long stopover at the Ahmedabad Times office.

Draped in an elegant kurta-lehenga, Sonam turned heads everytime she flashed an infectious smile and exuded gamine charm, as she waved to the sea of fans that had swarmed all over Ashram Road to catch a glimpse of her.

Excerpts from a chat…

You were quite the head turner at Cannes this year. How was the experience this time?
It was a lovely experience as usual. I love wearing beautiful clothes and I always enjoy going to Cannes. I feel proud to represent our country… so it felt good.

Heard that you bonded well with Vidya Balan at Cannes and even defended her when critics panned her wardrobe.
I did not really ‘bond with her’ as reported. I have known Vidya for some time and met up with her one day. We were very cordial towards each other. That’s all.

Your last film ‘Players’ hit the screens a year and half ago. Was it a conscious decision to take a break?
Yes. I wanted to take some time out and see where my career was headed. I am in my 20s and I want to do meaningful cinema, so I chose to wait and do something I’d connect with as an actress.

Wasn’t it a risky decision considering your counterparts do at least three movies in a year? Isn’t visibility important?
I am very ambitious and have set goals for myself. I really don’t keep a tab on what my contemporaries are doing. I want to push myself as an actress and don’t want to get into the rat race. With every film, I want to grow as a person and an actress. The character I play needs to change me in real life.

Your upcoming film is a love story. Are you a romantic at heart in real life too?
Zoya in Raanjhana is a very normal girl, very stubborn and strong-headed. She has her set of flaws. The role made me think a lot, so I took it up. I am very romantic. Given a choice I’d do only romantic films!

During ‘Aisha’, there were reports of Abhay Deol and you not getting along well with each other and now you are working with him again in this movie.
I can never work with someone if I have any problems with him/her. Abhay and I never had any problems during or after Aisha. Things were blown out of proportion.

Your father (Anil Kapoor) is doing a TV show (24) and so is your co-star Abhay Deol. Any plans to show your skills on small screen?
Whatever my dad is doing is just amazing. TV is a very good medium because it has a wider reach compared to films. I don’t mind doing TV at some point, it depends on what comes my way.

Even your cousin Arjun is doing movies now. How do you feel?
I hope the Kapoors will rule Bollywood (grins). But seriously, I started crying the first time I saw Arjun on screen. I am very close to him. I hope he goes a long way.

You are always very vocal about your opinions, be it on micro-blogging sites or your interviews. Aren’t you wary of the controversies?
I don’t care about controversies. I am a young woman with an opinion about certain things. I can’t be diplomatic. I am a feminist and as long as I can be the voice of hundreds of girls out there, I will speak my mind. I don’t care what other people think.

This is your second visit to Ahmedabad.
I love being here again. The food’s amazing.

So you are a foodie?
I love eating. Unfortunately, I have to be really determined and control my foodie temptations. That is the only thing I don’t like about being an actress; the constant need to check my weight. Otherwise, I love my job!

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