Sonam Kapoor feels proud to be in Bollywood

Actor says that the Indian cinema brings emotional content to world.

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Sonam says she’s obsessed with Rekha’s look in Umrao Jaan. PHOTO: FILE


Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor, who will be representing India at the 66th Cannes International Film Festival, feels the Indian cinema is unique because of its emotional content.

At a press conference on Monday, Sonam said she feels that Bollywood has a lot of emotion. “Even now when there is world cinema, we have our own identity. I love the fact that there is so much song and drama,” said Sonam. “I feel that we bring the emotional content to world cinema.”

Coming from a family well-rooted in the film industry, Sonam added centenary celebration of the Indian cinema is a special occasion for her.

“My family has been there in the film industry for years. My grandfather [Surinder Kapoor] was an assistant director in Mughal-e-Azam and then got into production. My dad [Anil Kapoor] has been there for so long. We are proud to be part of the industry,” said the 27-year-old. She also added that her uncle Boney Kapoor is a well-known film-maker who is married to actor Sridevi.

“My celebration was when I got a chance to interview actor Waheeda Rehman. She is my icon and I feel she represents the Indian cinema,” added Sonam. She had the chance to work with Waheeda in 2009 in the film Delhi-6.

Sonam says she’s obsessed with Rekha’s look in Umrao Jaan. PHOTO: FILE

Sonam is now preparing to step into the shoes of yesteryear’s actor Rekha to play a chirpy, carefree young girl in the Khubsoorat remake. She says she is completely in awe of the Umrao Jaan actor.

“I am completely obsessed with Rekha. I love her dramatic eyes and red lips,” she said.

She unveiled the L’Oréal Sunset Collection and Bollywood inspired looks for the Cannes Film Festival at the event. The actor has six looks to choose from for the festival, which also includes dramatic eyes and red lips.

Talking about her approach towards makeup, she said: “I love using kajal and eye liner. I feel that dramatic eyes look amazing.”

“For me, beauty is what is reflected from the inside,” said Sonam. “It is an expression, which has to come from inside. I feel that emotions make a person beautiful. I am an average looking girl, but when I smile, I look prettier.”

Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Khubsoorat was made in 1980 and starred Rekha and Rakesh Roshan along with Dina Pathak, known for playing the strict family head, while Ashok Kumar was seen as her husband and an indulgent father.

The new version of the film is being made by Sonam’s father Anil and directed by Shashanka Ghosh. 

Published in The Express Tribune, May 8th, 2013.

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