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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 9 June 1985Chembur, Maharashtra, India
Birth NameSonam Anil Kapoor
Height 5' 9¾" (1.77 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Sonam Kapoor comes from an established film family. She is the daughter of actor and producer Anil Kapoor, and the grandchild of filmmaker Surinder Kapoor. Sonam is Bollywood royalty with immense support in the Indian film fraternity.

Unlike most star children, Sonam started life with a structured education, and a grounding in the process of filmmaking. She graduated from college in Political Science and Economics. She is interested in writing and direction, and has assisted the celebrated director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali in the production of his films including the path-breaking 'Black'.

The veteran director then asked her to star in his next project, the critically acclaimed "Saawariya". Sonam made a confident debut and elicited notable reviews for it. She was nominated for a number of film awards as a debutante and an actress. She won the "Stardust Superstar of Tomorrow" award.

Her second movie, "Delhi 6" got her glowing reviews and established her as an actress of calibre. 2010 has been the turning point for Sonam, with two back-to-back hits - "I Hate Luv Storys" and "Aisha". These hits propelled her into the league of superstars.

Sonam was named the "Best Dressed Celebrity" of 2009 by People's Magazine. Sonam is associated with prestigious brands like L'Oreal Paris, Electrolux, Spice Mobile, Mont Blanc and Anant Diamond Jewellery (a sub brand of Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bling! Entertainment Solutions

Sonam was born in Chembur, Bombay, India in the Kapoor family, which consists of Punjabi-speaking dad - Bollywood actor, Anil Kapoor, Sindhi-speaking mom, Sunita (nee Bhambhani), sister, Rhea and brother, Harshvardhan.

She is the niece of film-maker Boney Kapoor, and actor, Sanjay Kapoor. The family has good connections within the Bombay-based Indian movie industry now popularly known as Bollywood. Boney's wife is noted yesteryear film actress Sridevi. Her cousin, Arjun, Boney's son, is an up and coming movie director.

She completed her schooling from Arya Vidya Mandir and majored in Theater Arts and Chinese History from United World College of East Asia. She then also majored in Political Science and Economics from Bombay University.

Her mom, who came from a business family, did not initially approve of her taking to acting and preferred that she get a college education, and then eventually marry and settle down.

She assisted Sanjay Leela Bhansali during the filming of 'Black' and often went to Mumbai's notorious Chor Bazar near Grant Road Railway Station to shop for props. She has made her first appearance in Bollywood with 'Saawariya' opposite another débutante, Ranbir Kapoor, the son of Neetu Singh and Rishi Kapoor.

None of her releases did well at the box-office save for 'I Hate Luv Storys', however, she was praised for her role in 'Saawariya' so much so that she was nominated for several awards, and did win the 'Stardust Award' for her performance in this flick. Even though 'Delhi 6' flopped at the box-office, her performance was praised.

A person of varied interests she loves to read, write, paint, go shopping, and play video games, basket-ball and squash. she is also the brand ambassador of several popular brands, and is also proficient in Hindi, English and Punjabi.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: rAjOo

Trivia (29)

Is the daughter of the evergreen Indian Film Star, Anil Kapoor
Her five favorite songs are Jab Koi Baat Bigad Jaaye from Jurm (1990), Raat Kali Ek Khwab Mein from Buddha Mil Gaya (1971), Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz (1939), Don't Cry for Me Argentina by Julie Covington and Strangers in the Night by Frank Sinatra. She also likes Choli Ke Peeche from Khal Nayak (1993), Aaj Main Upar from Khamoshi: The Musical (1996), Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein from Kabhie Kabhie (1976), Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To from 1942: A Love Story (1994) and We Found Love by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris. Her favorite musicians are Rihanna, Coldplay, The Beatles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, A.R. Rahman, Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar and Mohammad Rafi.
Her favorite movies include The Godfather (1972), Titanic (1997), Romeo and Juliet (1968), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), Gone with the Wind (1939), The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), Chinatown (1974), Schindler's List (1993), The Help (2011), City of God (2002), Children of Heaven (1997), Pather Panchali (1955), Guide (1965), Bobby (1973), Bandini (1963), Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959), Pyaasa (1957), Saraswatichandra (1968), Sujata (1960), Mughal-E-Azam (1960), Mother India (1957), Guddi (1971), Shahenshah (1988), Chaalbaaz (1989), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Mr. India (1987), Ram Lakhan (1989), Tezaab (1988), Call (2000), Beta (1992), Eeshwar (1989), Lamhe (1991), Virasat (1997), Woh 7 Din (1983), Karma (1986), 1942: A Love Story (1994), Parinda (1989), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Devdas (1955), Devdas (2002), Black (2005), Saawariya (2007), Delhi-6 (2009), Aisha (2010), Raanjhanaa (2013), Khoobsurat (2014), Rang De Basanti (2006), Like Stars on Earth (2007), Fashion (2008), No One Killed Jessica (2011), The Dirty Picture (2011), PK (2014), Haider (2014), Queen (2013) and Mardaani (2014). She likes all love stories.
Favorite books are Milan Kundera's Unbearable Lightness of Being, Ayn Rand's Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, The Mahabharata because she finds it so positive and gives her hope all the time, 'Patrick Suskind''s Perfume, J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's books including Mistress of Spices, Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, and books by all the Bronte sisters.
Favorite brands are Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Dior.
Enjoys reading, shopping, writing, playing squash and basketball, video games and painting.
Went to university at Bombay University (Majoring in Economics and Political Science).
Went to high school at the United World College of South East Asia, finishing the International Baccalaureate program.
Studied in Arya Vidya Mandhir school.
Sonam was never interested in acting. Direction and writing were her basic interests, but Sanjay Leela Bhansali showed so much confidence in her that he wanted her to be in his film.
Loves to dance. She is trained in Kathak, classical music, and Latin dance.
Speaks Urdu, Sindhi, Punjabi and English all fluently.
Was born in Chembur which is the suburb of Mumbai located in India.
Uncles are producer Boney Kapoor and actor Sanjay Kapoor. Her aunt is actress Sridevi.
Siblings are sister Rhea & brother Harsh Kapoor.
Weighed over 80 kilograms (about 180 pounds) when offered Saawariya (2007). After she returned from Singapore, she got into weight training with Shervir and Monisha as well as artistic yoga with Bharat Thakur.
Sonam Kapoor has two brothers in New Delhi, Mohit & Akshay Marwah.
Second cousins with Bollywood Superstar Ranveer Singh (Ranveer's dad and Sonam's mom are first cousins).
Ranveer Singh's paternal grandfather is siblings with Sonam Kapoor ' s maternal grandmother.
Actress Chand Burke was married to mom Sunita' s uncle (Ranveer Singh's grandfather). This makes her the grand niece of Chand Burke. Sunita Kapoor ( Sonam's mom) is the niece of Chand Burke.
Cousin of actor Mohit Marwah ( Dad's sister's son).
Mom Sunita Kapoor is a costume designer in films.
Sonam Kapoor is the only Indian actress who was featured as the cover girl of the international Prestige.
Niece of Kavita Bhambhani Singh ( Mother's elder sister). Kavita was a former model and Miss India (1969).She is now married to a industrialist Jasjit Singh.
Her favorite TV shows are Modern Family (2009) and House (2004).

Personal Quotes (79)

I don't like men who treat women like arm candies. He should treat me like an equal or better. And then he should be a good human being. He should see the human side of things. I like men who stand up for what's right and who don't cheat.
Art reflects society. Cinema doesn't dictate - you portray what the society demands.
I listen to a lot of what my sister Rhea says. I give her a lot of credit for my stuff. When people give me credit for my fashion choices, it's my sister who creates them. This whole fashionable avatar has been created by her. It's her brainchild. It's not me at all. Rhea really takes care of me, though I am older than her.
I think every single imperfection adds to your beauty. I'd rather be imperfect than perfect.
I only discovered the 'Harry Potter' series in my tenth standard. I dived right into it, often reading non-stop through the day and night. It was the morning after one such readathon when I was to appear for a Chemistry exam. Spending my night with the third edition of Harry Potter didn't help much, and I fared poorly.
In my personal life, I have always been bold, from the clothes I wear to how I talk. For me, boldness does not necessarily mean stripping. I think people have wrong notion about boldness. For me, bold is being different.
I'm a bad girl. I always fall for good guys.
I am very ambitious and have set goals for myself. I really don't keep a tab on what my contemporaries are doing. I want to push myself as an actress and don't want to get into the rat race. With every film, I want to grow as a person and an actress. The character I play needs to change me in real life.
I may not be the number one movie star, or my films might not be doing too good. I am grateful for what life has offered me. I have got a great family, parents are together, have a great sister, I get to holiday. All these things make me grateful towards life, for everything. I always say - have an attitude of gratitude.
I am naive when it comes to love, you know what I mean? I do believe in falling in love at first sight and things like that.
I have eclectic taste, and I love vintage style mixed with glamour and old world charm.
I'm a socially concerned citizen of India. I have strong views on issues of social and political relevance. But it's very difficult to voice it in an intelligent manner without it sounding contrived. Because people think you're saying or doing all this as a PR exercise, not from your heart.
Opposites generally create intense chemistry. There are more chances of fireworks when different people are together than similar personalities.
Being in love is the best feeling on the planet. I really believe that love makes the world go round.
I feel I am lucky. I am grateful for this life that God has given me. I am happy, as I am getting to do work that I want to do and enjoy doing it.
I don't want to be the biggest superstar. I want to be good at my job, and I want my work to go down in posterity. I am working for the longevity of my career.
It's unfortunate when people say you can't wear skirts or do item numbers, or a girl can't dress in a certain way. Are we going back to dark ages?
Women of worth are those who want positive change for themselves, their families, community or society, which I think is important. For me, a woman of worth is someone who has self respect, who believes that she can change things in society.
I'm the worst liar in the world.
For me, a holiday is about taking a book and going to a mountain and reading.
I am someone who actually jumps headlong into everything and anything. I am not one of those people who likes to be scared; instead I have a tendency to be very, very open to everything. I really live; I love life.
One needs to constantly read up, practice and work, irrespective of your profession. If I feel as an actor that I know everything, then how will I to grow? How will I improve? I'll be stuck in a rut, and eventually I'll grow complacent.
You marry out of free will. If I marry, it will be from a personal choice, not some social compulsion or norm.
It makes me happy that people recognise me and want to click pictures with me. But sometimes, I want to be a common person. I want to go to a coffee shop and just chill. I miss driving my car with the windows rolled down.
I have aspirations to conquer the world. Let's see what happens.
I'd like to have a successful marriage, not for the sake of labelling or branding, but because I believe in the institution of marriage.
Style is all about being comfortable. I don't believe in following a style because it is a trend. I need to be comfortable in my clothes.
I could never fall in love just for money. I like my co-stars, and they are a bunch of good-looking men. But I've dated an actor. My dream man has to be a lot more than just good looking and rich!
It's not a responsibility to be a fashion diva. I enjoy it and also enjoy getting up in morning and putting on make-up, getting ready. I don't think there is any girl who doesn't like to look good and wear good clothes.
I like to save people, to take care of them... So, the pattern is that I date guys before they become big, and then they become successful and - whoops - there goes my project!
I always admired the beautiful stars of Hollywood and dreamt of becoming one of them.
Style is an expression of your individuality. Who you are and what your mood is, is what you wear.
As actors, we want to choose somebody who has conflicts. I can't be always playing the girl next door. What's the challenge in that?
In a lot of ways, if I were ambitious about anything - besides my career - I'd be ambitious about love. Ambitious in the sense that I really hope to find true love.
I always do things that are not the flavour of the season. And that's why people like me.
I always believe that it's better to be idealistic in love than be that cynic. That's the only way to survive a relationship.
I don't compete with actresses; I only compete with heroes.
I like wearing beautiful clothes, but that does not translate into my work. People don't like to see me as a glam doll in my movies. My audience and the media love me with two different perceptions. It's a strange, crazy situation.
I have an unending shoe closet. In fact, I don't even know how many shoes I have.
Indian junk food is my sin, even though I pretend to like Japanese.
I am very romantic. Given a choice, I'd do only romantic films!
When I get into relationships, I'm an all-or-nothing person. I just completely give in to the person. It becomes my first priority in life; family, friends and career follow.
For some people, the highlight of their entire month could be going out and eating a pizza or watching a movie at a multiplex, and here I am visiting four countries in a month. So, in that way, movies have made me socially aware. I now know how simple people live their lives.
People take things too personally - I don't. If someone says something about me, I let it go. But unfortunately, everyone isn't like that. So I'm trying to be more diplomatic - but people always want a headline from me!
I've realized I have to be very careful in what I say. I speak my heart out. Such honesty is not appreciated in the film industry. Instead, it is twisted and distorted. A lot of what I say is lost in translation.
I want to get fitter. And yes, I'm learning hot yoga to get a bikini body. I don't believe one has to sport a size-zero figure to flaunt it. One just needs a fit, sexy and toned body.
It's not okay to be fat - not because of the way you look, but because it's unhealthy. I have experienced hormonal problems, bad skin, immense laziness, and back and knee pain. It's not fine to be too fat or too thin! Anything in extremes is wrong. I am afraid of putting on weight because I don't want to develop health problems.
If you are dressing up, then dress to the hilt, else let it go easy. But no matter what, pay attention to the nails. Whether you keep it short, long, varnished or plain, it has to look good.
I didn't like Barbie dolls, so I used to have this overactive imagination, and I used to pretend to be all these different things. My weird childhood fetishes seem to have come to life now as an actor.
I've battled my weight since I was 12. My parents took to us to New York once, for a holiday, and there I'd buy fruit loops from a 24x7 shop and sit down with my books. I never played; I wasn't that kind of kid - I just read. I ate chocolates like peanuts. I was 86kg till I was 19.
Indian women love to dress up like princesses. In India, people still go to the market to buy fabrics, garments are made-to-order, and friends come with you to the fittings.
Be it a trip to the dentist, getting an injection or even coming home with a good report card, my reward always had to be a book. I didn't care much for anything else.
My parents find me hilarious. They don't pull me up for anything because I'm a good daughter. I stay at home, don't party too much, people don't talk about my affairs or that I am unprofessional. In fact, people tell my parents that I'm so well-brought up. Yes, I tend to shoot my mouth off, but they don't pull me up for that.
I think most couples drift apart because of comparisons. Unfortunately, in our society a perfect match is when the man is more successful than the woman.
Many people make fun of me because I'm always so dressed up, but they don't understand that there's a little girl inside me who always wanted to be that dressed up but never got to do that because I was always a certain weight.
I'm honest. If someone asks about my weight loss, I tell them I have five people working on me, plus there's Photoshop. I tell them I can't eat everything and look good. I was unhealthy when I was fat, and now I'm a normal body type. I'm not special; I'm just an actress, and boys and girls are intelligent enough to recognise that.
No relationship works without making an effort. That goes without saying. But you should never overcompensate.
I've always acted; in fact, I can't remember a time when I was not. When I was little, cinema was a game, then my father's job and now mine.
So many women are financially dependent on men. So why can't men be dependent on women? I'm totally okay with it.
I love being called a fashion icon!
Anytime I fall in love, I feel it's a first time. I have had no successful love story yet. I hope I will succeed next time when I fall in love.
I love Italian fashion - the sense of style that Italians have as part of their DNA. Nobody is like them.
Thanks to my father, I didn't have to face the tough side of life. Probably that's why I always chose love over money.
I love dressing up. I have people helping me with it. I am not going to take credit for that. I have a stylist, make-up and hair stylist.
I am Anil Kapoor's daughter, so I am always compared with legends. It is a part and parcel of my life.
I like bad boys... not really bad, but men with an edge... they should be clean but have that streak.
I am trying to be a girl who is real and has an opinion. Might say stupid things but not scared of men, and for me that's important.
I love eating. Unfortunately, I have to be really determined and control my foodie temptations. That is the only thing I don't like about being an actress; the constant need to check my weight. Otherwise, I love my job!
I had lost my way for some time, so I need to do things that I am happy with. It's not about being the number one heroine or money. It's about doing roles that I enjoy. My biggest ambition is happiness.
I don't care about controversies. I am a young woman with an opinion about certain things. I can't be diplomatic. I am a feminist, and as long as I can be the voice of hundreds of girls out there, I will speak my mind. I don't care what other people think.
It's difficult for me to really temper my personality, but I am trying to be a little more sensible about it. If I really lose my temper, I go to my room and scream and shout, but I try not to lose it on people any more. I've never said something mean just like that. I've only said things in retaliation.
I don't know what to expect out of my films. My first two films were with extremely talented directors, and they didn't work. And my next two films were with newcomers, and they worked well. So I've stopped expecting anything from my movies.
I am mentally strong, but physically I'm constantly unwell. I internalise a lot of things, and if something stresses me or disturbs me, I don't talk about it and make myself sick with it.
Reading has made me more open, has improved my understanding, and has made me a better artiste, but it also makes me live in my own bubble. My mom keeps asking me, 'What do you read in that room the whole day?' Once I am into a book, I will finish it.
I like potential in people. If I find someone who has lot of potential and can do something with life, then I don't see bank balance, which family he comes from, or his religion.
I don't think most books can be justifiably translated on screen. The film versions can't convey the right emotion, fuel your imagination or allow you to visualise every line the way books do.
I don't shoot two films at the same time. I finish one character and get into another character because I change my look for every film. It's difficult, but I enjoy doing that.
I know people who enjoy having 10 people running around and doing things for them. I don't. I feel awkward in such situations. It gives you a false sense of importance.
My mom would always read a book to me at night from when I was three. Now, I can't go to sleep without reading a book. At the same time, once I read, it's difficult for me to go to sleep, as I have an overactive imagination and I start thinking.

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