Irresponsible to be diplomatic on important issues: Sonam

Actor feels it’s crucial to have an opinion as she is a public figure.

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Sonam says that her forthrightness sets an example for other girls. PHOTO: FILE

MUMBAI: Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor feels that it’s important to have an honest opinion when it comes to posting views and comments on various important issues being discussed on social networking websites. She considers it a responsibility as she is a public figure.

“It is very irresponsible to be diplomatic on certain things. Just because you are an actor does not mean you can’t have an opinion,” said the 28-year-old star who is active on Twitter.

“You can’t be diplomatic on certain things. I will never talk ill about an actor on a personal front. But, when it comes to important things, I should have an opinion,” added the actor who struck gold with her performance in Raanjhanaa.

She feels that having an opinion isn’t risky either.

“It is not risky if I have an opinion about something important. If someone is being sexist, homophobic or if the government is wrong, I will say something. If I think I have said something wrong, then I will apologise for it,” she said.

Daughter of Sunita and actor Anil Kapoor, she feels her forthrightness sets an example for other girls.

“If I am someone who is a public figure and cannot have an opinion, then other girls will get scared. I am not as popular as other actors, but I have a little bit of popularity and I must use that to see how girls are projected,” she said.

In Raanjhanaa, too, the actor played a public figure involved in college politics, but dismissed any similarity between her and her character.

“Zoya is different from me. She is involved in the politics of Jawaharlal Nehru University. Sometimes, when other public figures like politicians and spiritual gurus make some stupid remark, I react to it like other young people on a social platform,” said Sonam. “I don’t think there is anything wrong with it as it encourages other young girls to come forward.”

Published in The Express Tribune, July 16th, 2013.

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