Name: Sonam Kapoor
Nickname: Giraffe, Sonz
Birthday: 9th June 1985
Known For: Sonam Kapoor was an assistant to Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the sets of Black.
Debut Film: Saawariya
Marital Status: Married
Spouse: Anand Ahuja
Relationships: Sahir Berry, Punit Malhotra, Ranbir Kapoor (rumoured), Anand Ahuja
Awards: Filmfare Award for Best Actress (Critics), National Film Award for Special Mention, Star Screen Award for Best Actress, Stardust Award for Best Actress in Comedy or Romance, Stardust Award for Superstar of Tomorrow-Female
Sonam Kapoor Biography
Belonging to a family which has a long life of actors, it would have been obvious for Sonam Kapoor to follow the family trade. Even though being reluctant at first, Kapoor did become one of the most-known actors in this country. Her father is the famous actor Anil Kapoor, while her mother, Sunita Kapoor is a former model and designer.
Sonam has one sister, Rhea and a brother, who is also an actor, Harshvardhan Kapoor. Her uncle is Booney Kapoor, father or Jahnvi Kapoor and Khushi Kapoor and husband to late actress Sridevi. There are many more actors in her family like Arjun Kapoor, Sanjay Kapoor, her grandfather Surinder Kapoor, and so on.
During the production of Black, Sonam Kapoor developed an interest in acting when Sanjay Leela Bhansali professed that he wanted to cast her in the lead in his next film, Saawariya. She was advised to lose weight; at the time, she weighed about 80 kilograms (180 lb). Motivated by Bhansali’s confidence in her, she lost 35 kilograms (77 lb) in two years. Kapoor studied acting with Roshan Taneja, Jayati Bhatia and Feroz Abbas Khan. She made her debut in 2007 in the film, alongside Ranbir Kapoor.
Ranji Mukherji and Salman Khan also starred in the film. It was the first Indian feature film produced by a Hollywood studio, Sony Pictures Entertainment. Saawariya proved to be a major critical and commercial failure. However, the film earned her a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut nomination and the Stardust Award for Superstar of Tomorrow – Female.
In 2009, Sonam Kapoor played an aspiring singer opposite Waheeda Rehman and Abhishek Bachchan in the Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra-directed social drama Delhi-6. The film received mixed reviews from critics and was a box-office failure. However, Sonam’s acting was praised.
Kapoor’s first release in 2010 was Punit Malhotra’s romantic comedy I Hate Luv Storys, opposite Imran Khan. The film was Kapoor’s first commercial success, earning ?725.2 million (US$9.6 million) worldwide. Sonam next played the eponymous role in Aisha, an ensemble romantic comedy-drama based on Jane Austen’s novel Emma, which was produced by her sister Rhea.
Aisha also starred Abhay Deol, Ira Dubey, Cyrus Sahukar, Amrita Puri, Anand Tiwari, Arunoday Singh and Lisa Haydon. Kapoor received recognition for her role. In 2011, Kapoor starred in Thank You, a comedy about three women who teach a lesson to their philandering husbands. The film, along with Kapoor’s performance, received poor reviews.
She then played the romantic interest of Shahid Kapoor in the Pankaj Kapur-directed romantic drama, Mausam, which was also poorly received. The following year, Kapoor played a computer hacker opposite Abhishek Bachchan, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Bipasha Basu in the Abbas-Mustan-directed heist film, Players, a remake of 2003’s The Italian Job.
Her role was originally written for Katrina Kaif, who was unavailable for the film. Although journalists had high expectations, it failed commercially. Kapoor’s string of poorly received films began to hinder her career.
Sonam Kapoor’s role in the Anand L. Rai-directed romantic drama Raanjhanaa (2013) marked a turning point in her career. To prepare for her part, Kapoor interacted with students, attended workshops and practised with theatre groups associated with Jawaharlal Nehru University. She also studied Jaya Bachchan’s work in Guddi (1971), which she felt was “perfect” for her role.
Although Raanjhanaa received mixed-to-positive reviews, her performance was praised. With worldwide earnings of over 1 billion (US$13 million), Raanjhanaa was a commercial success and Sonam Kapoor received her first nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.
Kapoor followed the success of Raanjhanaa with a brief appearance in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013), a biopic on athlete Milkha Singh. She received 11 (15¢ US) for the film, made on a budget of 300 million (US$4.0 million), citing her admiration for director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and the film itself as reasons for her appearance. Critically praised, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag was one of the top-grossing Bollywood films of the year.
In 2014, Sonam Kapoor played a role opposite Ayushmann Khurrana and Rishi Kapoor in the Yash Raj Films comedy-drama Bewakoofiyaan. She next starred with Fawad Khan in the romantic comedy Khoobsurat, an adaptation of the 1980 film of the same name, playing the role which had originally been given to Rekha.
Though she received a Filmfare Best Actress nomination for her performance, critics were divided in their response. In 2015, Sona, Kapoor starred as a runaway bride in Dolly Ki Doli, a heist comedy co-starring Pulkit Samrat, Rajkummar Rao and Varun Sharma. Despite the negative reviews for her performance, she was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.
While filming Sooraj R. Barjatya’s Prem Ratan Dhan Payo with Salman Khan in Gondal, Gujarat in February 2015, Kapoor was diagnosed with swine influenza, from which she recovered the following month. Sonam Kapoor portrayed Rajkumari Maithili Devi, a princess looking for love. The film became one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time. However, she won a Golden Kela Award for Worst Actress.
Following an appearance in the music video of Coldplay’s “Hymn for the Weekend” (featuring Beyoncé). Sonam Kapoor starred in Ram Madhvani’s biographical thriller Neerja (2016). Sonam felt responsible for the project because it is about real-life events and met Bhanot’s family as a preparation for her role.
The film garnered high critical acclaim, and several commentators considered Kapoor’s performance to be her best to date. In addition to several other accolades, Kapoor won a National Film Award – Special Mention and a Filmfare Best Actress (Critics), in addition to a Filmfare Best Actress nomination. With a worldwide gross of over ?1.35 billion (US$18 million), Neerja emerged as one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films featuring a female protagonist.
After a two-year absence from the screen, Kapoor played a social worker in R. Balki’s comedy-drama Pad Man (2018), based on a short story in Twinkle Khanna’s book The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad. Co-starring Akshay Kumar and Radhika Apte, the film is inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, who campaigned for menstrual hygiene in rural India.
On 8 May 2018, Sonam Kapoor married Indian businessman Anand Ahuja. The following month, she featured in Shashanka Ghosh’s Veere Di Wedding, a female buddy film co-starring Kareena Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania. With earnings of over 1.34 billion (US$18 million), the film proved to be her second top-grossing Hindi film not featuring a well-known male star.
Later that month, Sonam featured in Rajkumar Hirani’s biopic of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, entitled Sanju, alongside Ranbir Kapoor. The film received mainly negative reviews. However, Sanju broke several box-office records, becoming one of the highest-grossing Indian films.
In 2019, Kapoor starred in the coming-of-age film Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (as Sonam K Ahuja), co-starring her father, Juhi Chawla and Rajkummar Rao. Critics were encouraged by its positive representation of homosexuality, but it failed to do well commercially. Sonam Kapoor next starred in Abhishek Sharma’s film adaptation of Anuja Chauhan’s romantic comedy novel The Zoya Factor, for which she received mixed reviews.
Controversy: When Sonam Kapoor’s rumoured ex-boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor got into a relationship with Deepika Padukone, as per one report, the actress said, “Ranbir is a great friend, but not good boyfriend material. I wonder how Deepika help on to him for so long!”
Latest News: Recently, there were rumours that Sonam Kapoor was expecting a baby. However, she made it clear that those rumours were fake through a social media post where she talked about her first day of getting her periods.
Latest Movies: AK Vs AK, The Zoya Factor
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