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People Don’t Take Me Seriously As An Actor: Sonam

People Don’t Take Me Seriously As An Actor: Sonam
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September 11
13:24 2014

“People have forgotten that I am an actress, they don’t take me seriously. First it was my dressing sense, then my opinionated nature, both have overshadowed my identity of a performer. I can’t change both the things, they are part of me,” Sonam Kapoor told PTI.

The actress, known for grabbing headlines for her candid nature, says she is proud that unlike other actors, she does not shy away from making her opinions public. “I will always speak my mind, in fact, I feel many in our industry don’t say what they want to, which is sad. But I can’t be like them,” said the actress, who feels she is underrated in the industry.

“All my directors say I am underrated in the industry. I don’t know what to do about it, I guess I have not restricted myself to a particular image on screen, I have always done different roles. A single image stays with people but I can’t do anything about that,” she said.

Sonam started her Bollywood career with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya (2008), where she played the role of a shy Muslim girl, then portrayed an aspiring singer in Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra’s Delhi-6 (2009). She got critical acclaim for her role in Raanjhanaa and Indian athlete Milka Singh’s lover in his biopic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag in 2013.

Sonam is excited about her upcoming home production Khoobsurat, a remake of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s 1980 comedy of the same name, which starred Rekha in the lead.

“I love the original film and have watched it a lot of times but when we planned to make the film, I decided not to watch it so that I can keep the character fresh. Our film is a classic romantic-comedy,” she said.

Sonam says her upcoming movie fills the gap between mass entertainers and art movies. “Nowadays, two extreme type of films are made. Either typical masala films, which don’t have great scripts or intellectual films, which become boring for fans. “There is no category for films which tell a good story in simple way like Chupke Chupke or Guddi. With Khoobsurat we are trying to fill that gap,” Sonam said. The actress, who plays the role of a clumsy, quirky physician in the film, says the character was difficult to portray as it is closer to her real personality.

“My character Milli is a simple, easy going and a bit messy, she is closest to me. I feel it is most difficult to play yourself, so Milli was not easy at all,” she said, adding that her role should not be compared to many bubbly roles played by other actresses. “I don’t like this word ‘bubbly’. Milli is not at all like that. She is very real and interesting,” Sonam said.



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