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Sonam Kapoor
Sonam Kapoor promotes 'Raanjhanaa' on the sets of Jhalak Dikhla Jaa Season 6.jpg
Kapoor promotes Raanjhanaa on the sets of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, June 2013
Born(1985-06-09) 9 June 1985 (age 28)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
OccupationActress, model
Years active2007– present
ParentsAnil Kapoor (Father)
Sunita Kapoor (Mother)
RelativesSee Kapoor family
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Sonam Kapoor
Sonam Kapoor promotes 'Raanjhanaa' on the sets of Jhalak Dikhla Jaa Season 6.jpg
Kapoor promotes Raanjhanaa on the sets of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, June 2013
Born(1985-06-09) 9 June 1985 (age 28)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
OccupationActress, model
Years active2007– present
ParentsAnil Kapoor (Father)
Sunita Kapoor (Mother)
RelativesSee Kapoor family

Sonam Kapoor (pronounced [soːnəm kəˈpuːr]; born 9 June 1985) is an Indian actress and model, who appears in Bollywood films. Born to Indian film actor Anil Kapoor, she has established a career in Hindi language (Bollywood) films, and is cited in the media as one of the most fashionable Indian celebrities.[1][2][3][4]

Kapoor began a career in film by assisting director Sanjay Leela Bhansali on his 2005 drama film Black. She made her acting debut in 2007 with Bhansali's romance film 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 subsequently featured in the offbeat drama Delhi-6 (2009) and had her first commercial success with the romantic comedy I Hate Luv Storys (2010). Kapoor then played a leading role in the drama Raanjhanaa (2013) and appeared in a brief role in the highly successful biographical sports film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013).[5][6][7] Her performance in the former earned her Best Actress nominations at several award ceremonies, including Filmfare.[8][9][10]

Alongside her acting career, Kapoor supports numerous charities and causes and is a prominent celebrity endorser for brands and products. Kapoor has also garnered international recognition as a spokesperson for the French beauty brand L'Oréal.[11][12]

Early life[edit]

Kapoor was born in the suburb of Chembur, Mumbai on 9 June 1985.[13][14] She is the daughter of actor Anil Kapoor and ex-model Sunita Kapoor[15] and the granddaughter of filmmaker Surinder Kapoor.[16] The family moved to a house in the suburb of Juhu, where her parents still reside, when she was one month old.[17] Kapoor is the eldest of three children; the others are sister Rhea Kapoor and brother Harshvardhan.[18] She is the niece of producer Boney Kapoor, actor Sanjay Kapoor and producer Sandeep Marwah. Producer Mona Shourie Kapoor and actress Sridevi are her aunts.[19] She is also the first cousin of actor, Arjun Kapoor, Anushala Kapoor and cousin of actor Ranveer Singh on her mother's side.

She attended the Arya Vidya Mandir school in Juhu and then enrolled in the United World College of South East Asia, a boarding school in Singapore, to do her International Baccalaureate.[15] She studied theatre and arts in Singapore for 2 years.[17] She also studied Political Science and Economics from University of East London. She speaks English, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and Marathi and is a well trained classical dancer.[18]


2004–08: Early work and film debut[edit]

Before starting her career off as an actress, Sonam and Ranbir Kapoor worked as assistant directors under Sanjay Leela Bhansali in 2004, and assisted him during the making of his film, Black which was released in early 2005.[20]

Kapoor alongside Ranbir Kapoor, Salman Khan & Rani Mukherjee at the audio release of Saawariya.

She made her acting debut alongside newcomer, Ranbir Kapoor in Bhansali's Saawariya (2007), which failed to do well at the box office,[21] but her performance opened to mixed to good reviews by critics.[22] 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."[23] 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.

2009–12: Breakthrough and professional setbacks[edit]

In 2009, Kapoor appeared in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Delhi-6, opposite Abhishek Bachchan. The film flopped at the box office and received mixed critical reviews, but her performance was praised and she received recognition from within and outside the film industry. Critic Rajeev 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".[24] 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".[25]

Kapoor promoting I Hate Luv Storys on 92.7 BIG FM

In 2010, she appeared in Punit Malhotra's I Hate Luv Storys opposite Imran Khan. The film went on to become her first box office success, collecting over INR400 million (US$6.7 million) at the domestic box office.[26][27] Kapoor also garnered positive reviews for her performance as film critic Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama commented saying, "Sonam is a revelation. From salwars [Saawariya, Delhi 6] to skirts in I Hate Luv Storys, Sonam finally gets a role that does justice to her as an actress. The ease and class with which she carries off the glam look is fantastic. She's like a whiff of fresh air and you actually wonder, is she the same girl from Saawariya and Delhi 6? In fact, I Hate Luv Storys will only multiply Imran and Sonam's fan base manifold."[28]

She next appeared in the romantic comedy, Aisha, opposite Abhay Deol, which was a decent success at the box office, as it was declared an "average" grosser.[29][30] Kapoor also received mainly positive to mixed reviews for her performance. Film critic Sonia Chopra of gave a favourable review stating, "Sonam Kapoor gives an ace performance as the somewhat nasty-sometimes angelic Aisha. With this role rendered so perfectly, Sonam has proven herself to be an actor to watch out for, capable of belting out an entire range of emotions".[31] NDTV Movies also gave a positive review as they wrote, "But the film belongs to Sonam Kapoor, make no mistake of 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".[32] However, Rajeev Masand of IBN Live only gave a mixed review, as he said, "...doesn't help that Sonam Kapoor offers a cardboard cutout personality to the lead. She plays the airhead convincingly and pulls off the flighty princess part, but flounders when it comes to drumming up tears, anger or hurt", after criticising the writing of the character.[33]

Kapoor promoting Mausam on the sets of Kaun Banega Crorepati.

Sonam's first release in 2011, Thank You was a critical failure, although the film was a moderate success at the box office, as its collections surpassed the INR450 million (US$7.5 million) mark.[34] The same year, she made an appearance at the 64th Cannes Film Festival representing L'Oréal, the brand she endorses in India. Her second film of the year was the romance film Mausam, in which she and co-star Shahid Kapoor had four different looks representing each of the four seasons. The film received mixed reviews and was a failure at the box office.[35] However, Kapoor's performance was appreciated by most prominent critics. Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV commented, "Sonam Kapoor may still have some way to go as an actress, but she conveys the essential vulnerability of a girl forever under duress, bringing out just the right mix of feminine fragility and native resolve."[36]

Her first release of 2012 is Players, a remake of The Italian Job, alongside Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu and Neil Nitin Mukesh. The film received mixed to negative reviews and didn't do well at the box office. Her performance received mainly mixed reviews from top critics. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama stated that, "It's an image transformation for Sonam in Players. She has never done a full-on glamorous role before and Players should change the perception. However, the rawness, as an actor, shows in a variety of scenes."[37] Later that year, Kapoor made her second appearance at the Cannes Film Festival.

2013–present: Success and recent work[edit]

Kapoor alongside co-star Dhanush at the launch of Raanjhanaa.

Kapoor made her third appearance at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2013, representing not only L'Oréal, but also some Indian brands (dress by Huemn and jewellery by Suhani Pittie).[38][39] Her first release of 2013, Raanjhanaa, opened to a positive critical reception[40][41] and proved to be a commercial success, netting INR340 million (US$5.7 million) nett approx domestically in the first week.[42]

Kapoor's portrayal of Zoya Haider, a headstrong but emotional middle class girl, earned her a positive critical reception,[9] with Komal Nahta saying that "Sonam Kapoor looks very pretty and plays Zoya beautifully. The character of Zoya has tremendous range and Sonam does full justice to it. Her transition is amazing."[43] Rajeev Masand adds that "[Kapoor] does some of her best work here, going smoothly from innocent to manipulative to cynical, without ever losing Zoya’s inherent vulnerability."[44] For her performance in the film, Kapoor has been nominated for "Best Actress" at several award ceremonies, including the prestigious Filmfare Award for Best Actress.

Kapoor on the sets of India's Dancing Superstar to promote Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Her next appearance was for the biographical sports film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag opposite Farhan Akhtar and Meesha Shafi, where she played the small role of Akhtar's initial love interest. The film opened to tremendous critical acclaim and was termed as a major box office success.[45] Moreover, her performance also met with positive reviews. Mohar Basu of entertainment site Koi Moi wrote, "Sonam Kapoor has a lovely tinge in her little role in her limited screen time, she will flatter you enough that you actually feel bad that Milkha and Biro eventually part ways!".[46] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama also mentioned, "Sonam puts her best foot forward as well. Although the character is brief, she shines in those pertinent moments nonetheless".[47] Gayatri Shankar of Zee News stated, "Sonam, though has very little screen time, does her bit quite well".[48] Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is also Kapoor's biggest commercial success to date.[citation needed]

Kapoor's first release of 2014 was Yash Raj Film's romantic comedy Bewakoofiyaan, opposite Ayushmann Khurrana and Rishi Kapoor.[49][50][51] Kapoor received generally positive reviews for her performance. Critic Subhash K. Jha wrote, "Sonam as the girl torn between an autocratic dad and unreasonable lover is so in-character you wonder whether the role and its fetish for designer labels were written specially for her".[52] A review published in Hindustan Times stated, "Sonam Kapoor gets into the skin of her character very well. Her performances are more in control now, compared to her previous films such as Aisha and Players".[53]

As of March 2014, Kapoor has four projects in development. She is currently filming with Pakistani actor Fawad Afzal Khan for Rhea Kapoor's Khoobsurat, a remake of the 1980 film of the same name.[54][55] Kapoor has also been signed on for Arbaaz Khan's Dolly Ki Doli, where Kapoor will feature alongside Pulkit Samrat, Rajkummar Rao and Varun Sharma, as a runaway bride.[56] She is currently attending acting workshops for the film, along with the rest of the cast.[57][58][59] Kapoor has also been confirmed as the female lead in Sooraj R. Barjatya's Prem Ratan Dhan Payo opposite Salman Khan.[60][61][62] Slated for a Diwali 2015 release, shooting for the film is expected to begin in June 2014.[63] Kapoor has also confirmed her presence in the film adaptation of Anuja Chauhan's novel, Battle For Bittora, which is expected to begin filming in late 2014.[64]

Other work[edit]


In 2009, Kapoor participated in the International Indian Film Academy Awards, also known as "IIFA" charity fashion show.[65]

In 2012, Kapoor asked for fans to donate to the Ogaan Cancer Foundation for her birthday. They also collaborated to create an awareness for breast cancer.[66]

Kapoor walks the ramp for Manish Malhotra at the launch of Colgate visible white


Kapoor says she only endorses in the brands she believes in. Kapoor has endorsed brands such as Electrolux, Spice Mobile, Cera, Lux, Colgate Visible White, Signature and Mont Blanc.[67] She has also endorsed for an international skin care brand and a brand with her father, Anil Kapoor. Kapoor has also shot for a diamond jewellery print ad and commercial, which is a sub-brand of Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council.[68] Kapoor is also currently the face of an international cosmetic and beauty brand L'Oreal.[67][69] In early 2014, Kapoor appeared began endorsing Oppo Mobile, and soon after appeared in approx. a three minute commercial opposite Hrithik Roshan to promote the brand.[70] According to reports, Kapoor's fee for endorsements is INR30 million (US$500,000), thus making her one of the highest paid celebrities for endorsements in India.[71]

In the media[edit]

Public image[edit]

Kapoor at Ave 29 Gallery Opening

Due to her being from a film background, Kapoor has always been in the media spotlight since a young age. Her debut alongside Ranbir Kapoor was also heavily hyped due to the stated reason.[71] Kapoor is known for having a "outspoken" and "bold" personality, as perceived from various media interactions, how she presents herself in public and her choice of films.[72][73] Since the release of Aisha (2010), Kapoor has been widely recognised as a "fashionista",[74][75] due to her unique sense of style. Therefore, she regularly features on fashion magazine covers based in India, such as Stardust[76] and Filmfare.[77] Kapoor was also widely appreciated by Simi Garewal for being a fashionista and for her performances in her films. Kapoor has also featured on the covers of many Indian editions to international magazines such as Vogue,[78] FHM,[79] Maxim,[80] GQ,[81] NOTCH,[82] Grazia,[83] Verve,[84] Elle,[85] Femina,[86] and Harper's Bazaar.[87] Kapoor also tops in best-dressed lists, and constantly attracts media attention for what she wears at events and film promotions.[71] Apart from being considered as a "fashionista", she has also been tagged as a "youth icon" by the India media.[88]

Personal life[edit]

Kapoor has also stated that her closest friends in the industry are actors Kareena Kapoor, Asin Thottumkal, Jacqueline Fernandez, Imran Khan and Dhanush, and fashion designer Shehla Khan.[17]


2009Delhi-6Bittu Sharma
2010I Hate Luv StorysSimran Saxena
2010AishaAisha Kapoor
2011Thank YouSanjana Malhotra
2011MausamAayat Rasool
2012PlayersNaina Braganza
2013Bombay TalkiesHerselfSpecial appearance in song "Apna Bombay Talkies"
2013RaanjhanaaZoya Haider
2013Bhaag Milkha BhaagBiro
2014BewakoofiyaanMayera Sehgal
2014KhoobsuratMrinali (Milli)Post-production
2014Dolly Ki DoliDollyFilming

Awards and nominations[edit]

2008SaawariyaFilmfare AwardsBest Female DebutNominated[89]
Sony Head N Shoulders Fresh Face of the Year AwardNominated[89]
Screen AwardsMost Promising NewcomerNominated
Jodi No. 1 (along with Ranbir Kapoor)Nominated
Zee Cine AwardsBest Female DebutNominated[90]
Stardust AwardsSuperstar of Tomorrow – FemaleWon[13]
2010Delhi-6Asian Film AwardsBest NewcomerNominated[91]
Stardust AwardsSuperstar of Tomorrow – FemaleNominated
2011AishaGolden Kela AwardsWorst Actor (Female)Won[92]
2012Thank YouStardust AwardsBest Comedy/Romance ActressNominated[93]
Zee Cine AwardsInternational Icon – FemaleNominated[94]
2014RaanjhanaaBIG Star Entertainment AwardsMost Entertaining Actor in a Social/Drama Film - FemaleNominated[95]
Screen AwardsBest Actress (Popular Choice)Nominated[96]
Filmfare AwardsBest ActressNominated[97]
Zee Cine AwardsBest ActressNominated[98]

Other honours[edit]

See also[edit]


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