Sonam Kapoor (born 9 June 1985) is an Indian actress and a former model. She appears in Bollywood films. She is the daughter of Indian film actor Anil Kapoor. Kapoor is perhaps internationally best known as a spokesperson for the French beauty brandL'Oréal. She endorses the brand in India and represents the brand at the Cannes Film Festival alongside with Aishwarya Rai and Freida Pinto.
Kapoor made her acting debut in 2007 in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Saawariya oppositeRanbir Kapoor and subsequently featured in the offbeat drama Delhi-6 (2009). She earned her first commercial success with the romantic comedy I Hate Luv Storys (2010), and followed with films such as Delhi 6 (2009) and Mausam (2011), where her performances received critical appreciation. She later gained immense recognition for her role in the commercially successful romantic drama Raanjhanaa (2013), which has been described as her career best performance till date by leading critics. She has thus established herself as a leading contemporary actress of Hindi cinema. Her film Aisha (2010) brought her acknowledgment as a fashionista, with Kapoor receiving praise for her unique sense of style.
Kapoor was born in the suburb of Chembur, Mumbai on 9 June 1985. She is the daughter of actor Anil Kapoor and ex-model Sunita Kapoor and the granddaughter of filmmaker Surinder Kapoor. The family moved to a house in the suburb of Juhu, where her parents still reside, when she was one month old. Kapoor is the eldest of three children; the others are sister Rhea Kapoor and brother Harshvardhan. She is the niece of producer Boney Kapoor, actor Sanjay Kapoor and producer Sandeep Marwah. She is also thefirst cousin of actor, Arjun Kapoor and Anushala Kapoor. Furthermore she is the second cousin of actor Ranveer Singh from her mothers side.
She attended the Arya Vidya Mandir school in Juhu and then enrolled in the United World College of South East Asia, boarding school in Singapore, to do her International Baccalaureate. She studied theatre and arts in Singapore for 2 years. She also studied Political Science and Economics from University of East London. She speaks English, Hindi, Punjabi and Marathi and is a well trained classical dancer.
She made her acting debut alongside newcomer, Ranbir Kapoor in Bhansali's Saawariya (2007), which failed to do well at the box office, but her performance opened to mixed to good reviews by critics. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama commented saying, "Sonam Kapoor is an average actor. However, her role doesn't give her the opportunity to display histrionics. She looks gorgeous at places, but plain ordinary at times." GlamSham.com wrote, "As for Sonam, she matches Ranbir, step for step. A gorgeous looker, she carries off her role with aplomb as the one who is looking for her love to return. Her huge eyes portray her emotions and her confidence is personified in every frame; whether she is playfully fooling around with Ranbir or anxiously looking out for her Imaan (Salman Khan) to return. It looks like these two were born to act. The chemistry between the two is awesome." Naresh K. D. of apunkachoice.com said, "Sonam, though undoubtedly gorgeous, seems ill at ease with her part. In one close-up shot just after her introduction, her face - supposed to express sadness - is completely bereft of emotion. In the second half, however, she manages to sink her teeth better into her character." Sonam had no release in 2008, although, was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut, though lost out to actress Deepika Padukone for Om Shanti Om, which, coincidentally was released alongside Saawariya. In 2009, Kapoor appeared in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Delhi-6, oppositeAbhishek Bachchan. The film flopped at the box office and received mixed critical reviews, but her performance was praised. CriticRajeev Masand commented, "Sonam Kapoor is the revelation in Delhi 6. She's a firecracker, instinctive and uninhibited in what isn't even a conventional female lead". Sonia Chopra, film criric from Rediff commented, "Sonam Kapoor is an earnest and effortless performer so she does make you like the character somewhat, despite the typical Delhi-girl recipe"
In November 2010, Kapoor appeared on Koffee With Karan, a popular chat show along with actress Deepika Padukone. Her comments on her rumoured ex-boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor led to a lot of controversy among Bollywood inner-circles. During an interview in June 2012, Kapoor made seemingly negative remarks on fellow actress Katrina Kaif, as she stated, "I don’t know how she does it. You need a certain kind of commitment and a certain kind of shamelessness to do certain things and you get that may be with stardom, with confidence in your talent, with who you are as a person, and I need to develop that before I do that kind of films — over the top films. I need to learn how to do it as I was terrible in those movies." Although, Kapoor later stated that the media misinterpreted her on these comments, as she was only trying to compliment Kaif.
Kapoor prefers to keep her personal life away from media attention. There have been numerous reports regarding her dating life, however, she has never confirmed these.
During the filming of Kapoor's debut film, Saawariya it was widely speculated that she was in a romantic relationship with co-star, Ranbir Kapoor. However, it was denied by both the actors. Later, it was reported that she is in a relationship with her I Hate Luv Storys director, Punit Malhotra, although, despite the fact that this was also denied by both, it was continued to be reported.
|2007||Saawariya||Sakina||Nominated–Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut|
|2010||I Hate Luv Storys||Simran Saxena|
|2013||Bombay Talkies||Herself||Special appearance in song "Apna Bombay Talkies"|
|2013||Bhaag Milkha Bhaag||Biro|
|2013||Nupur Asthana's Untitled Next||Mayera Sehgal||Filming|
|2008||Filmfare Awards||Best Female Debut||Saawariya||Nominated|
|2008||Screen Awards||Most Promising Newcomer||Saawariya||Nominated|
|2008||Screen Awards||Jodi No. 1 With Ranbir Kapoor||Saawariya||Nominated|
|2008||Zee Cine Awards||Best Female Debut||Saawariya||Nominated|
|2008||Stardust Awards||Superstar of Tomorrow – Female||Saawariya||Won|
|2008||IIFA Awards||Star Debut of the Year – Female||Saawariya||Nominated|
|2010||Asian Film Awards||Best Debutante - Female||Delhi-6||Nominated|
|2012||Stardust Awards||Best Comedy/Romance Actress||Thank You||Nominated|
|2012||Zee Cine Awards||International Icon - Female||Won|
Honors & Achievements
|2008||Head & Shoulders||Sony Fresh Face Of The Year||Saawariya||Won|
|2011||NDTV||Brand Ambassador Of The Year|
|2011||Hello! Hall Of Fame Awards||Face Of The Year - Female|
|2012||Cosmopolitan Awards||Fun Fearless Female Best Dressed|
|2013||Hindustan Times||Timeless Style Icon Award|