Actress Sonam Kapoor insists that she
has never tried to cash-in on the success of her father Anil
Kapoor but rather wants to focus on creating her own identity
in the film industry.
Sonam made her debut with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's
Saawariya in 2007 opposite Ranbir Kapoor. In 2010, her
father and sister Rhea produced a film Aisha starring her.
The 28-year-old actress maintains that she is close to her
father but does not want to use his fame as a stepping stone.
"He has worked so hard all his life to be Anil Kapoor. I
don't want to use that for myself because that is all his. I
don't want to use that as a stepping stone for myself. He
deserves more than that. Suppose I don't do well, I don't want
my life to reflect on his life," Sonam told PTI.
"He has his own journey and I don't want to take that
away from him. My dad gets very upset as I don't take too many
pictures with him or do films or take money from him. He is
like 'why am I earning, it is all for you people'. He is proud
of me that I am doing well on my own," she said.
Sonam is very fond of her father, who like any regular
parent keeps embarrassing her by talking about his daughter's
achievements all the time.
"It is embarrassing that he talks about me all the time.
He clicks pictures and shows to everyone that it's my
daughter. It is so embarrassing. I love my dad," Sonam said.
Sonam is happy to have made a place in the industry as a
"People see me as Anil Kapoor's daughter but they also see
me as a fashion icon, Sonam Kapoor who says all the wrong
things. I have really worked to have my own separate identity.
I have done it because of my dad," Sonam said.
Her films post Saawariya like Delhi 6, Aisha, Thank
You and Mausam failed to click with audience except I Hate
"I did introspect about my career. I realised I wasn't
comfortable playing these characters as I thought I wasn't
convincing or good enough to play them. At that time I took a
conscious decision and stopped signing films. I needed to be
proud of the films that I do," she said.
Sonam has an interesting range of films lined up for
release - Anand L Rai's Ranjhaana, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, a
biopic on legendary sportsman Milkha Singh, where she is
paired opposite Farhan Akhtar.
She is also doing a film with YRF opposite Ayushmann
Khurrana and also the remake version of Khubsoorat.