The tale of Bollywood sisters: Sonam and Rhea


Ians August 01, 2010

NEW DEHLI: One is obsessed about food, the other about fashion. One doesn’t mind showing her dirty feet and hates make-up, the other is glamorous. They are two young Bollywood sisters who seem as different as chalk from cheese, and yet, Rhea and Sonam Kapoor share not just clothes but also space.

“Sonam and I share each other’s clothes a lot. Her style is a little more glamorous. I like simpler things. But she always takes my things,” Rhea, 23, who has produced the movie Aisha that stars 25-year-old Sonam, said.

“You know how girls always need pieces to mix and match everything. I buy only those things...jackets and plain pants. So she just takes my things all the time,” said Rhea.

Unlike Sonam, Rhea is least interested in makeup and personal care, “I haven’t done a manicure in a year. My feet are not even pedicured ... I randomly clean them,” Rhea said while raising her right foot to show her dirty feet.

“Sonam is obsessed with spas; she loves getting her nails done and stuff. She always wants me to go to a parlour with her. For her Saawariya premiere, she told me, ‘You’re not coming to the premiere with these cuticles; they look disgusting!’” said Rhea.

But Rhea  is quite stylish too. She also opts for the best of high street fashion labels and likes to mix and match them with her mother’s jewellery.

But more than fashion, it’s food that Rhea is obsessed with.

“I am obsessed about food. I constantly eat. My whole focus is always on food. I haven’t gone to a gym in a long time. Every move of mine revolves around my next meal. I plan my whole day according to my food,” Rhea says.

However, Rhea calls Sonam a “junkie”.

“Sonam is not like me when it comes to eating. She is more of a junk addict. She eats junk ... chips, chocolate, biscuits ... give her a book and one packet of Hide and Seek biscuits ... it will be over in seven minutes. But I am a proper foodie. I need my appetisers, soup, meal and desserts,” she reveals.

Meanwhile, Rhea has plans to take over production from her father, veteran actor Anil Kapoor.

“I am going to take over from Dad. There are some interesting, really fun projects that I am working on. But obviously my whole focus is on Aisha right now,” she says.

Rhea, who worked as an assistant director on Wake Up Sid, says direction might be an option for her in the future.

“I want to direct, but there’s still a lot of time for it. It is just too much responsibility to direct a project and I am too young and immature for it. All I know is after working on Wake Up Sid and Aisha, there’s no way in hell that I want to act,” she says.

And why is that?

“When you grow up with a father and sister who are actors, it’s not a faraway thing. I know the realities of being an actor. I know what it’s like to be an actor and I don’t want to do it. That’s all,” she said.

The Kapoors’ home production Aisha, based on Jane Austen’s novel Emma, is scheduled for an August 6 release.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 2nd, 2010.

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