Sonam Kapoor: I am not here to just be a pretty face!

 
Sonam Kapoor: I am not here to just be a pretty face!

Bollywood fashionista Sonam Kapoor is known for her straightforward attitude and frankness. While most of her contemporaries are eyeing to get small roles in big films, Sonam is different. She believes in doing variety of cinema. 'Raanjhanaa', 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' and 'Khoobsurat' are a proof of it. And now the sexy actress is gearing up for yet another powerful role in Arbaaz Khan's 'Dolly Ki Doli'. In a candid conversation, Sonam gets chirpy about 'Dolly Ki Doli', her next film with Salman Khan 'Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo', her desire to do an action film and much more. Read on…


'Dolly Ki Doli' is an ensemble film. How was the experience of shooting for it?


I don't want to call myself the lead of the film but I would call it an ensemble film even though my character's name is in the title of the film. It is always nice to have a good support system. Yes, I am the captain of the team but the team can't win unless everyone contributes. You need a good supporting cast for a film to be successful. Even if I am the lead of the film I am responsible to keep the team together so I cannot take credit for any of those things but all I can say is it was an amazing experience and hopefully we will have a winner in hands.


'Raanjhanaa', 'Bhaag Milkh Bhaag' and 'Khoobsurat' were runaway hits so does it add to a bit of pressure on you?


No. It just becomes easier as people begin to realize that the actress is doing a good job so we should go and watch her film.


With the variety of roles coming up to you, do you think 2015 will be your year?


I don't know, I just hope that I keep getting good roles and my films are successful. I don't care if this is my year or someone else's year; I just want to keep getting roles where I can express myself and I don't end up being a pretty face.


How different is 'Dolly Ki Doli' from 'Dawaat E Ishq' as both films seem to be having a similar plot?


I have not seen 'Dawaat E Ishq' yet so I can't comment on it. I am so sorry I would have watched it but it released on same date as 'Khoobsurat' so could not see it.


Why do you attract such powerful women oriented character?


I don't know. I choose to do films like that and once you start it, people start expecting you to do films like that and they automatically come to you. So once you make the choice, it is upto you. After I did 'Raanjhnaa' and 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' people realized that this girl want to do character driven roles and she wants to do films where she actually has dialogues to speak and has command over the language. So I feel people want to give me the work because I started doing those kinds of roles.


What do you have to say about the box office performance of your films? Like 'Raanjhanaa' earned more than 'Khoobsurat'.


They all were hit films so what do I have to say about them. Raanjhanaa had Dhanush and me in it, the budget of the film was different and the amount of screens it was released in was different and it had A R Rahman's music in it so do you understand the difference? Khoobsurat was released on 900 screens as supposed to 3000 screens so even if it went houseful for 3 weeks it won't make so much money. Its simple mathematics, Raanjhanaa was a 35 cr film and Khoobsurat was a 12 cr film. The kind of audiences they film catered to are different. Dolly Ki Doli is different from Khoobsurat and we are releasing it on 200 screens more than Khoobsurat because it has more appeal to the audiences.


You are a fashion diva and people working with you are always apprehensive as to how should they present themselves. So how does that feel?


Fawad is extremely stylish and he was not scared at all. Varun is like a kid yaar he is like my brothers age and even I would be intimidated working with someone who is elder to me like before I had to work with Salman, I was a little skeptical as there are certain expectations they have from us, you are not sure about how are you behaving but once you get to know the person and realize that he is a normal human being you share a comfort level. So I guess that was the situation between Varun and me.


When actresses are paired opposite Salman Khan, usually they do not get a chance to get a lot of screen space; so what would you like to say about your character In Prem Ratan Dhan Payo?


The reason I decided to be a part of the film is because it is a Sooraj Barjatya Film, It is a romantic film and you cannot make a romantic film if you don't have equal screen space. It is a romantic film and like all other Sooraj Barjatya film the Hero and Heroine have the same amount of screen time and it will always be there in his film. This is a film about Love and Family. This is not a film where the girl has 3 scenes and 4 songs. That is the reason I choose to do this film. The audience always has expectations of me and another thing I wanted to add is it is not about screen space.


How difficult/easy was it for you to slip into your character in 'Dolly Ki Doli'?


I am a happy go lucky person but it is a very difficult to get into the character as I am not a North Indian Girl who cons people but I am more like a Juhu girl so it is always difficult to get into the character. My body language in the film is very different and for some strange reasons nobody wants me to play such character but people want me to play roles like Mausam, Delhi 6, Sawaariya which is completely opposite to what I am in real life.


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You are one of the most famous celebrities on social network. So what is your take on that?


I honestly enjoy interacting with people on social networking websites. It's a great way to connect with your fans and it is a great way to clear the air about many rumors. It's a great way to promote films and connect with audiences all over the world. In fact, there were so many numbers floating around for 'Khoobsurat' so we used social media to clear the air.


Would you like to try out an action film soon?


I don't know, do you think I should? Let's see. It is really expensive to shoot for action films. It is my dream to be a part of action film and would like to do the kind of films Angelina Jolie does like Salt. Action is very expensive to shoot as it takes lots of time to shoot for action sequences.


What is your take on 'Dolly Ki Doli's clash with 'Baby'?


There are 52 weeks and we definitely don't have just 52 films to release in a year. There is not enough space to get a solo release unless you are as big as The Khans. So people are really scared to release with a movie starring Khans. 'Haider' and 'Bang Bang' released on same day and people who could not get tickets of 'Bang Bang' on the first day went to watch 'Haider' and eventually people loved the movie and it went on to become a huge hit. It all depends on footfalls. This is a long weekend and good period to release the film. Some people will watch Baby and some people will go and watch 'Dolly Ki Doli' as it is a family entertainer with UA certificate.



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