Kapoor at the trailer launch of Dolly Ki Doli in 2014
9 June 1985 |
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
|Relatives||See Kapoor family|
Sonam Kapoor (pronounced [soːnəm kəˈpuːr]; born 9 June 1985) is an Indian actress who appears in Hindi cinema.The daughter of actor Anil, Kapoor began her career in film by assisting the director Sanjay Leela Bhansali on his 2005 drama film Black.
Kapoor made her acting debut in 2007 with Bhansali's romantic drama Saawariya opposite Ranbir Kapoor. Though unsuccessful at the box office, Kapoor's performance earned her a nomination for the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award. She then featured in the political drama Delhi-6 (2009), and had her first commercial success with the romantic comedy I Hate Luv Storys (2010). Kapoor garnered praise and earned several Best Actress nominations, including at Filmfare, for portraying a leading role in the romantic drama Raanjhanaa (2013). She also featured briefly in the highly successful biographical sports film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013), and played a leading role in the romantic comedy Khoobsurat (2014).
Alongside her acting career, Kapoor is a celebrity endorser for several brands and products. She is particularly known in the media for her outspoken personality, and is cited as one of the most fashionable Indian celebrities.
Early life and background
Kapoor was born in the suburb of Chembur, Mumbai on 9 June 1985, to actor Anil Kapoor and former model Sunita Kapoor. The family moved to their home in Juhu, where her parents still reside, when she was a month old. Kapoor is the eldest of three children; she has a sister, the producer Rhea, and a brother, the actor Harshvardhan. She is the paternal granddaughter of the filmmaker Surinder Kapoor, and the niece of the producer Boney Kapoor and the actor Sanjay Kapoor. Her paternal cousins are the actors Arjun Kapoor and Mohit Marwah.
Kapoor was schooled at the Arya Vidya Mandir school in Juhu, following which she enrolled at the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore for her pre-university education, where she studied theater and arts. As a teenager, she suffered from obesity: "I had every issue related to weight that I could have. I was unhealthy, I had bad skin, and I had hair growing on my face!" Kapoor's condition led to her being diagnosed with borderline diabetes and polycystic ovarian disease.
When the actress Rani Mukerji visited Kapoor in Singapore, Kapoor expressed her desire to work as a crew member on Mukerji's forthcoming project, Black. On her father's recommendation to the film's director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Kapoor worked as an assistant director on the film. Kapoor attended the University of East London for a course in economics and political science, following which she enrolled for a correspondence bachelor's degree in the subject from the University of Mumbai. While working on Black, Bhansali expressed interest in casting Kapoor as the leading lady in his next film, Saawariya, but advised her to lose weight. Inspired by Bhansali's confidence in her, she lost 35 kg over two years. Before beginning work on Saawariya, Kapoor also took acting classes from the theater personalities Roshan Taneja, Jayati Bhatia and Feroz Abbas Khan.
Saawariya, which released in 2007, tells the story of a tramp who falls in love with a woman awaiting the return of her lover. The film also marked the debut of actor Ranbir Kapoor; Rani Mukerji and Salman Khan appeared in supporting roles. The film was highly anticipated in India, but emerged as a box office flop. In his review, critic Taran Adarsh of the entertainment portal Bollywood Hungama called Kapoor an "average actor", and said that her "role doesn't give her the opportunity to display histrionics. She looks gorgeous at places, but plain ordinary at times." However, she was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for her performance in the film.
Kapoor's next film release didn't come until 2009, when Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra cast her as an aspiring singer in the political drama Delhi-6, co-starring Waheeda Rehman and Abhishek Bachchan. The film had minimal box office returns, but was praised by film critics. CNN-IBN's Rajeev Masand called Kapoor a "revelation" in the film, adding that she is "a firecracker, instinctive and uninhibited in what isn't even a conventional female lead". Sonia Chopra of Sify.com wrote that Kapoor was a "earnest and effortless performer so she does make you like the character somewhat, despite the typical Delhi-girl recipe".
The romantic comedy I Hate Luv Storys (2010) from director Punit Malhotra was Kapoor's first commercial success. Co-starring Imran Khan, the film tells the story of an engaged woman who develops a one-sided attraction towards her commitment-phobic co-worker. Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express was critical of Kapoor's performance, which she termed "stiff and rehearsed", though Daily News and Analysis ' Johnson Thomas found her "likable and believable". Kapoor then took on the titular role in the romantic comedy Aisha (2010) that was produced by her sister Rhea. The film was a modern-day adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Emma, and also featured Abhay Deol, Ira Dubey and Amrita Puri in prominent roles. A reviewer for the Indo-Asian News Service found Kapoor to be the stand-out performer in the film, writing that "she makes the best of a rather rare opportunity for an Indian leading lady to be part of a Bollywood film that salutes Victorian mores and Delhi's elitist affectations in one clean cool sweep".
Kapoor's first film release of 2011 was Thank You, a comedy about three wives who want to teach a lesson to their philandering husbands. The film met with poor reviews as did Kapoor's performance; Nikhat Kazmi of The Times Of India found her portrayal to be "terribly out of sync". Kapoor then starred in the Pankaj Kapur-directed romantic drama Mausam, in which she and co-star Shahid Kapoor played star-crossed lovers. The film received mixed reviews and was a box office failure. Despite being critical of her acting prowess, critic Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV thought that Kapoor successfully conveyed "the essential vulnerability of a girl forever under duress, bringing out just the right mix of feminine fragility and native resolve." Kapoor's only release of 2012 was Abbas-Mustan's action-thriller Players, a remake of The Italian Job (2003), co-starring Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu and Neil Nitin Mukesh in which she played a computer hacker. The film received predominantly negative reviews and was a major commercial disappointment.
2013–present: Raanjhanaa and beyond
In 2013, Kapoor played a leading role in Raanjhanaa, a romantic drama that received a positive critical reception and proved to be a breakthrough for her. The film tells the story of a young Muslim girl from Varanasi who is drawn into Indian politics after the murder of her Sikh lover. Rajeev Masand wrote that Kapoor "does some of her best work here, going smoothly from innocent to manipulative to cynical, without ever losing Zoya’s inherent vulnerability." Writing for The Indian Express, Geety Sahgal called it her best performance to that point, and particularly praised her transformation from a "gawky teenager" to a "fiery political activist". Raanjhanaa was a commercial success, with global earnings of over 1 billion (US$16 million). Among other honours, Kapoor received her first Filmfare Award for Best Actress nomination.
The biopic of the athlete Milkha Singh, entitled Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013), from Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra featured Kapoor in the brief role of the protagonist's love interest. The film was one of the top-grossing films of the year and garnered critical acclaim. The critic Sarita A. Tanwar wrote in her review that Kapoor "has little to do in her special appearance except be the perfect warm counterpart to Milkha".
In Yash Raj Films' Bewakoofiyaan (2014), a comedy-drama set in the inflation-hit economy of India, Kapoor played Mayera, a banker, opposite Ayushmann Khurrana and Rishi Kapoor. Writing for Hindustan Times, Anupama Chopra found the film to be "exhaust[ing]", and wrote that despite being a "fabulous actor", Kapoor was unable to make a mark in it as her role was poorly written: "She attempts to imbue Mayera with some texture but it’s an uphill climb." Her second film release of 2014 was the romantic comedy Khoobsurat opposite Pakistani actor Fawad Afzal Khan, an adaptation of the 1980 film of the same name, in which she played a physiotherapist, a role based on the one played by Rekha in the original. Khoobsurat performed moderately well at the box office. Srijana Mitra Das of The Times Of India wrote that Kapoor "carries off her finest role yet with zany flair, as smoothly goofy as her patchwork jacket". Andy Webster of The New York Times added that Kapoor shared some of Anne Hathaway's "early incandescence" and a Julia Roberts-like smile. For her performance, Kapoor garnered her second Best Actress nomination at Filmfare.
Kapoor next played the titular role of a runaway bride in Dolly Ki Doli (2015), a comedy film co-starring Pulkit Samrat, Rajkummar Rao and Varun Sharma. Writing for Mint, Udita Jhunjhunwala criticised Kapoor's performance and said that her "range is too limited to bring alive a character that may have had heaps of potential on paper". As of January 2015, Kapoor is filming Sooraj R. Barjatya's family drama Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, opposite Salman Khan, and has confirmed her presence in a film adaptation of Anuja Chauhan's novel Battle For Bittora. Director Ram Madhwani has also cast Kapoor as the flight attendant Neerja Bhanot in an upcoming biopic.
Other work and media image
In 2009, Kapoor participated in the International Indian Film Academy Awards charity fashion show. In 2012, she asked her fans to donate to the Ogaan Cancer Foundation on the occasion of her birthday; they also collaborated to create an awareness for breast cancer.
Kapoor is the celebrity endorser for such brands as Electrolux, Lux, Colgate, Signature and Mont Blanc. She has also featured in a diamond jewellery print commercial for the Jewellery Export Promotion Council. She is the Indian ambassador for the international cosmetic brand L'Oreal. In 2014, Kapoor was signed on as the celebrity endorser for Oppo Mobile, for which she was paid approximately 30 million (US$470,000), making her one of the highest paid celebrities for endorsements in India.
Being from a film background, Kapoor faced the media spotlight from a young age, due to which her entry into films was covered extensively by the Indian media. She is particularly known in the media for her "outspoken" personality due to her media interactions, her public persona and her choice of films. Following the release of Aisha, Kapoor was widely credited as a "fashionista" due to her unique sense of style. Therefore, she regularly features on fashion magazine covers based in India, such as Stardust and Filmfare. Kapoor has also featured on the covers of Indian editions to international magazines such as Vogue, FHM, Maxim, GQ, NOTCH, Grazia, Verve, Elle, Femina, and Harper's Bazaar. The actress regularly features in several listings of the best-dressed celebrities, and attracts wide media attention for her dressing style at public events and film promotions.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2010||I Hate Luv Storys||Simran Kaur|
|2011||Thank You||Sanjana Malhotra|
|2013||Bombay Talkies||Herself||Special appearance in song "Apna Bombay Talkies"|
|2013||Bhaag Milkha Bhaag||Biro|
|2014||Khoobsurat||Dr. Milli Chakravarty|
|2015||Dolly Ki Doli||Dolly|
|2015||Prem Ratan Dhan Payo||TBA||Filming|
Awards and nominations
|2008||Saawariya||Filmfare Awards||Best Female Debut||Nominated|
|Sony Head N Shoulders Fresh Face of the Year Award||Nominated|
|Screen Awards||Most Promising Newcomer||Nominated|
|Jodi No. 1 (along with Ranbir Kapoor)||Nominated|
|Zee Cine Awards||Best Female Debut||Nominated|
|Stardust Awards||Superstar of Tomorrow – Female||Won|
|2010||Delhi-6||Asian Film Awards||Best Newcomer||Nominated|
|Screen Awards||Best Actress (Popular Choice)||Nominated|
|Stardust Awards||Superstar of Tomorrow – Female||Nominated|
|2011||I Hate Luv Storys||Stardust Awards||Best Actress in a Comedy or Romance||Nominated|
|2012||Thank You||Stardust Awards||Best Actress in a Comedy or Romance||Nominated|
|—||Zee Cine Awards||International Icon – Female||Nominated|
|2014||Raanjhanaa||BIG Star Entertainment Awards||Most Entertaining Actor in a Social/Drama Film - Female||Nominated|
|Screen Awards||Best Actress (Popular Choice)||Nominated|
|Filmfare Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Zee Cine Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2015||Khoobsurat||Stardust Awards||Best Actress in a Comedy or Romance||Won|
|BIG Star Entertainment Awards||Most Entertaining Actor in a Comedy Film - Female||Nominated|
|Screen Awards||Best Actress (Popular Choice)||Nominated|
|Filmfare Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|—||Filmfare Glamour and Style Awards||Most Glamorous Star (Female)||Nominated|
|—||Most Stylish Star (Female)||Won|
|—||Global Icon of the year (Female)||Nominated|
|—||Trendsetter of the Year||Won|
- 2011: NDTV Brand Ambassador of the Year
- 2011: Hello! Hall of Fame Awards's Face of the Year
- 2012: Cosmopolitan Awards Fun Fearless Female Best Dressed
- 2013: Hindustan Times' Style Icon (Reader's Choice)
- 2013: GQ Woman of the Year
- 2013: Vogue Beauty Awards' Beauty of the Year
- 2014: Hello! Hall of Fame Awards' Entertainer of the Year
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