The Wild Moments Of Sonam Kapoor
The Wild Moments Of Sonam Kapoor:
Fashion’s muse and style-setter may be what she has been called so far, but there’s a free-spirit vibe to the young actor that sets her apart.
Since her much-publicized debut in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s SAAWARIYA in 2007, Sonam has kept shutterbugs aflutter for her acting, yes, but almost more so for her liberating and independent sartorial flair. Movie stars, whether we like it or not, set the fashion mood for the nation. And Sonam, in her short career, has become a fashion tour de force, one of the major trendsetters for a new generation of young women.
She’s set the pace with daring dressing, going out on a limb when most actors border on the conservative. Fashion editors and stylists adore her, and designers clamor to dress her. How did the 26-year-old so quickly capture the style zeitgeist? “The only reason I experiment with clothes is that I don’t give a damn about what people think. It’s about being myself and being comfortable, and people have to accept me for who I am. I don’t want to conform for the sake of people liking me.”
Her piercings and tattoos attest to that, but she demurs when asked how many or where (not somewhere where you can see them) and to being a rebel when she was younger (all the typical stuff, like staying out too late). She admits to being a risk taker. “Think about it. The greatest achievement in life is because of a risk you’ve taken. It can either be calculated or spontaneous, and for me, most of the time it’s spontaneous because I am a rebellious person.”
Five movies in four years, with two more on the floors, countless fashion shows, awards ceremonies, and movie premieres later, the leggy lass clearly looks like she’s enjoying herself. And why wouldn’t she? She was hand-picked to be L’Oreal Paris’s youngest brand ambassador. Roberto Cavalli invited her to an intimate private dinner in Cannes. She’s considered one of the bright young talents in the Hindi film industry. Not bad for a career four years in.
Despite her fashionista persona, Sonam is relate-able to many women because she has battled weight, reportedly dropping some 30kg after she finished high school. “I did it the hard way. I exercised and I dieted like a normal human being. I did cardio, weight training, yoga, dancing, anything that made me move.”
“I’m very comfortable in what I wear and who I am,” she says. Her incredible affinity for clothes ties into the one thing everyone repeatedly mentions when asked about Sonam: that she’s “all heart”. Anil Kapoor says that his oldest child makes emotional decisions, calling her “impractical”. Anamika Khanna says that the stylish star “thinks with her heart”. And in an industry rife with squabbles and spats, nary a person has anything unkind to say about her.
Lot of the credit, says dad Anil, goes to Sonam’s mother Sunita, who prefers to stay far from the limelight. Her profound influence is the reason Sonam is an avid reader, according to Anil. “When I was courting Sunita, she would finish two books a day. Sonam is the same way. Even now, Sonam goes into a room and doesn’t come out for 48 hours, and when we go to check on her, we find that she’s been reading the whole time.”
As for what they think of his daughter being labeled a style icon, Anil Kapoor says. “It comes naturally to her. My wife was a designer; I remember going to the Ensemble opening 20 years ago. We haven’t discouraged it in Sonam. She is first an actor and then a style icon and we are aware of how the two go hand in hand.”
She follows fashion blogs like shops online compulsively, and turns to her younger-by-a-year sister Rhea for everything fashion-related. “My sister always played with dolls and dressed them up, and I was like one of her dolls growing up,” she jokes, describing their relationship.
The actor herself adds, “I wear what I am feeling. I’m psychotic when it comes to fashion. I’m a proper Gemini, and it depends on my mood and who I am at that point. I have a multiple personality disorder when it comes to fashion.” As for being called a style icon, she laughs. “To me Meena Kumari, Madonna, Lady Gaga—these are fashion icons. I don’t think I’ve changed the face of anything yet. I can be inspirational, but an icon? I’m just starting out.”