Born :- 9 June 1985 Chembur, Mumbai
Occupation :- Actress, Model
Years active :- 2007– present
Father :- Anil Kapoor
Mother :- Sunita Kapoor
Sonam Kapoor is the daughter of Indian film actor Anil Kapoor. Kapoor is perhaps internationally best known as a spokesperson for the French beauty brand L’Oréal. She endorses the brand in India and represents the brand at the Cannes Film Festival alongside with Aishwarya Rai and Freida Pinto.
|Sonam Kapoor in a seen of Delhi-6|
Kapoor made her acting debut in 2007 in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya opposite Ranbir Kapoor and subsequently featured in the offbeat drama Delhi-6 (2009). She earned her first commercial success with the romantic comedy I Hate Luv Storys (2010) and followed with such films as Aisha (2010) and Thank You (2011). Also, Kapoor has received critical success for her performances in films such as Delhi 6 (2009) and Mausam (2011).
She attended the Arya Vidya Mandir school in Juhu and then enrolled in the United World College of South East Asia, boarding school in Singapore, to do her International Baccalaureate. She studied theatre and arts in Singapore for 2 years. She also studied Political Science and Economics from University of East London. She speaks English, Hindi, Punjabi and Marathi and is a well trained classical dancer.
|Sonam Kapoor in a Photo shoot|
She made her acting debut alongside newcomer, Ranbir Kapoor in Bhansali’s Saawariya (2007), which failed to do well at the box office, but her performance opened to mixed to good reviews by critics. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama commented saying, “Sonam Kapoor is an average actor. However, her role doesn’t give her the opportunity to display histrionics. She looks gorgeous at places, but plain ordinary at times.”GlamSham.com wrote, “As for Sonam, she matches Ranbir, step for step. A gorgeous looker, she carries off her role with aplomb as the one who is looking for her love to return. Her huge eyes portray her emotions and her confidence is personified in every frame; whether she is playfully fooling around with Ranbir or anxiously looking out for her Imaan (Salman Khan) to return. It looks like these two were born to act. The chemistry between the two is awesome.”Naresh K. D. of apunkachoice.com said, “Sonam, though undoubtedly gorgeous, seems ill at ease with her part. In one close-up shot just after her introduction, her face – supposed to express sadness – is completely bereft of emotion. In the second half, however, she manages to sink her teeth better into her character.” Sonam had no release in 2008, although, was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut, though lost out to actress Deepika Padukone for Om Shanti Om, which, coincidentally was released alongside Saawariya. In 2009, Kapoor appeared in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra‘s Delhi-6, opposite Abhishek Bachchan. The film flopped at the box office and received mixed critical reviews, but her performance was praised. Critic Rajeev Masand commented, “Sonam Kapoor is the revelation in Delhi 6. She’s a firecracker, instinctive and uninhibited in what isn’t even a conventional female lead”. Sonia Chopra, film criric from Rediff commented, “Sonam Kapoor is an earnest and effortless performer so she does make you like the character somewhat, despite the typical Delhi-girl recipe”.
|Sonam in movie ‘I ht lv stories’ with Imran|
In 2010, she appeared in Punit Malhotra‘s I Hate Luv Storys opposite Imran Khan. The film went on to become her first box office success, collecting over 40 crore (US$7.3 million) at the domestic box office. Kapoor also garnered positive reviews for her performance as film critic Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama commented saying, “Sonam is a revelation. From salwars [Saawariya, Delhi 6] to skirts in I Hate Luv Storys, Sonam finally gets a role that does justice to her as an actress. The ease and class with which she carries off the glam look is fantastic. She’s like a whiff of fresh air and you actually wonder, is she the same girl from Saawariya and Delhi 6? In fact, I Hate Luv Storys will only multiply Imran and Sonam’s fan base manifold.” She also appeared in the romantic comedy, Aisha, oppositeAbhay Deol, which was only an average performer at the box office.
|Sonam on cover in ‘MAYIM’ on 2010|
Sonam’s first release in 2011, Thank You was a critical failure, although the film was a moderate success at the box office, as its collections surpassed the 45 crore (US$8.2 million) mark. Despite the positive box office response, Kapoor’s performance garnered mainly negative reviews from top critics, as entertainment site One India wrote, “Sonam Kapoor looks terribly out of sync in the film. Her make up in Thank You is just not right at all, she sometimes looks glamorous and sometime pale on-screen.” The same year, she made an appearance at the 64th Cannes Film Festival representing L’Oréal, the brand she endorses in India. Her second film of the year was the romance film Mausam, in which she and co-star Shahid Kapoor had four different looks representing each of the four seasons. The film received mixed reviews and was a failure at the box office. However, Kapoor’s performance was appreciated by most prominent critics. Taran Adarsh commented, “For Sonam, Mausam will prove to be a turning point in her career. Astonishing — that would be the right word to describe her work this time around. The confidence with which she handles the distinct characterization speaks volumes”.Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV commented, “Sonam Kapoor may still have some way to go as an actress, but she conveys the essential vulnerability of a girl forever under duress, bringing out just the right mix of feminine fragility and native resolve.”
|2008||Filmfare Awards||Best Female Debut||Saawariya||Won|
|2008||Screen Awards||Most Promising Newcomer||Saawariya||Won|
|2008||Screen Awards||Jodi No. 1 With Ranbir Kapoor||Saawariya||Nominated|
|2008||Zee Cine Awards||Best Female Debut||Saawariya||Won|
|2008||Stardust Awards||Superstar of Tomorrow – Female||Saawariya||Won|
|2008||IIFA Awards||Star Debut of the Year – Female||Saawariya||Nominated|
|2010||Asian Film Awards||Best Debutante – Female||Delhi-6||Won|
|2012||Stardust Awards||Best Comedy/Romance Actress||Thank You||Nominated|
|2012||Zee Cine Awards||International Icon – Female||Nominated|