Sonam Kapoor is a famous Bollywood actress and fashion model. She was born on June 9, 1985 in Mumbai, India. She started her professional career by assisting director Sanjay Leela Bhansali during the filming of movie Black (2005). Her first appearance as an actress was in Bhansali’s movie Saawariya (2007). I Hate Luv Storys (2010) was Kapoor’s first commercially acclaimed film. Her other notable movies include Raanjhanaa (2013), Khoobsurat (2014), Dolly Ki Doli (2015), Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015) and Neerja (2016). At the moment, Kapoor is one of highest paid actress of Indian cinema.
20 Things About Sonam Kapoor You Probably Didn’t Know
1- Family & Relatives
Everybody knows about her father Anil Kapoor. Lets talk about her other family members and relatives. Sonam Kapoor is the daughter of former model Sunita Kapoor. Her siblings include Harshvardhan and producer Rhea. Kapoor is the nice of actor Sanjay Kapoor and producer Boney Kapoor. Producer Mona Shourie and actress Sridevi are her aunts. Actors Arjun Kapoor and Mohit Marwah are Sanam’s paternal cousins. Actor Ranveer Singh is her maternal cousin.
2- Her Relationship with Her Dad
Sonam Kapoor has a very healthy relationship with her dad. She describes her father as “the coolest dad ever”. Anil has given his daughter a lot of freedom. According to Sonam, her dad does not remember the names of her boyfriends. Anil Kapoor admires his daughter’s skills. Sonam and Anil want to appear on big screen together. However, Anil does not want to play Sonam’s onscreen dad as it would seem boring.
3- Acting was Not Her First Choice
Kapoor did not want to be an actress in first place. She was more interested in working behind the camera as a director or writer. Kapoor developed an interest in acting during the filming of movie Black (2005). However, she did not consider herself suitable for acting. It took Bhansali 1.5 years to convince Kapoor for acting in his next movie Saawariya (2007).
4- Weight Loss
Kapoor was fat as a youngster. In past, she broke up with her boyfriend when he made a blatant remark on her weight. She was asked to reduce her weight by director Sanjay Leela Bhansali for her debut film Sawariya (2007). Kapoor lost 35kgs in order to look appropriate for her character.
5- She is a Flaunter
Kapoor is considered among top best dressed female celebrities of Bollywood. However, she constantly attracts media attention due to her flaunting habit. She often wears bold dresses for her songs, dance performances and photo shoots. She is notorious for exposing her midriff and navel with small blouses and low rise sarees. Her tops frequently expose her cleavage.
6- Awards and Accolades
Sonam Kapoor has received following awards and honors.
- Filmfare Award
- National Film Award
- Face of the Year at Hello! Hall of Fame Awards
- Fun Fearless Female Best Dressed at Cosmopolitan Awards
- Beauty of the Year at Vogue Beauty Awards
- NDTV Brand Ambassador of the Year
- GQ Woman of the Year
- Style Icon of Hindustan Times (Reader’s Choice)
Kapoor has always been active in philanthropy activities alongside her showbiz career. She contributes to numerous charities and causes. Kapoor has been involved in fund raising for orphans and widows of her industry workers. She is known for her open support for LGBT rights in India. Kapoor wrote to Maharashtra Home Minister on behalf of PTEA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) protesting against glass coated manja (used by kite fighters) which kills thousands of birds every year. She participates in programs to increase awareness of breast cancer as the brand ambassador for Elle Breast Cancer Campaign. In 2012, Kapoor auctioned her clothes and donated the money to a child welfare organization named Smile Foundation.
8- First Job
Sonam Kapoor’s first job was as a waitress. She was merely 15 at that time. The job lasted only for a week.
9- Her Acting Idols
Kapoor is a big fan of actresses Waheeda Rehma and Nutan. She has been influenced by these actresses for their path breaking films and quality of doing different things.
10- Trained in Acting and Dancing
Kapoor studied arts and theater at United World College of South East Asia, Singapore for 2 years. She took acting classes with Feroz Abbas Khan, Roshan Taneja and Jayati Bhatia. She also received training in Kathak and Latin dances.
11- Her Industry Friends
Kapoor’s closest friends in film industry include Kareena Kapoor Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Asim Thottumkal, Imran Khan and Shehla Khan.
12- Brand Ambassador
Kapoor is the brand ambassador of many leading brands such as Spice Mobile, Electrolux, Cera, Colgate Visible White, Lux, Loreal, Mont Blanc and Signature.
13- On the Covers of Fashion Magazines
Sonam Kapoor has featured on the cover pages of many Indian and International magazines such as FHM, Vogue, GQ, Maxim, NOTCH, Verve, Grazia, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Femina.
14- Religious Views
Kapoor practices Hinduism. She is religious in her own ways. Kapoor considers religion a way of reminding herself that she needs to be thankful for so much.
15- She Hates Reality Shows
Kapoor despises reality shows. She considers these shows rubbish.
16- Kapoor is a Bookworm
Kapoor is an avid reader. She has been spotted in a number of book release events. Her favorite writers are Nancy Drew and Enid Blyton.
17- She Bullied the Boys
Kapoor admits that she was a naughty and careless child. As opposed to traditional girls, she was not afraid of boys and often bullied them.
18- Interested in Politics
On a television show, Sonam Kapoor stated that she wanted to enter politics someday.
19- Multilingual Skills
Kapoor is fluent in Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Marathi and English languages.
20- Proud of Her Achievements
Kapoor thinks that she has achieved a lot in a young age. She praised herself by saying “I am considered an icon in my 20s. People are considered icons in their 40s or when they die”.