Bhubaneswar: She is a Princess- beautiful, graceful and ethereal; with a million dollar smile that lights up the entire world. Her honesty is her strength. Confident in herself, she is compassionate in her thoughts and kind in her actions.
Independent and able, strong and graceful, she is the best of both the worlds. With a heart of gold, She is what the world calls a real WOMAN.
She is Sonam Kapoor Ahuja.
Sonam, who made her debut opposite Ranbir Kapoor in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya (2007), has come a long way. From being a shy newcomer, the actress has become one of the most opinionated, talented and versatile actors in the Hindi film industry today.
Known for films like ‘Raanjhanaa’, ‘Khoobsurat’, ‘Neerja’, and the very recent ‘Veere Di Wedding’, Sonam has shut down naysayers who wrote her off as a mere fashionista. Over the years, she has impressed fans and critics with her impressive acting skills and ability to portray a diverse range of characters.
As the National-award winning actor celebrates her 34th birthday today, here is a look at some of her most memorable characters.
In her debut film, Sonam played Sakina, a shy girl from a conservative Muslim family who is waiting for her lover to return. In the film, she looked as fresh as a daisy and was praised for her flawless portrayal of an extremely emotional and sensitive character.
Bittu Sharma (Delhi-6):
In Delhi-6, Sonam played the quintessential small-town girl Bittu Sharma who secretly wants to get out of the stuck-in-time Old Delhi. She is an aspiring singer and is preparing to audition for a popular reality show Indian Idol in the hope that she will win her way to Mumbai. Eventually, she falls for Abhishek Bachchan’s Roshan, an NRI who has come to Delhi after living in the US for years.
The song Masakali from Delhi-6 became so famous that people started calling Sonam as the ‘Masakali‘ girl.
Aisha Kapoor (Aisha):
Based on Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma, Aisha features Sonam Kapoor as Aisha Kapoor, a young, rich, upper-class woman who believes that she is perfectly suited for match-making – amongst her friends in particular. Her superficial lifestyle and match-making schemes are constantly criticized by her friend/neighbor Arjun (Abhay Deol), who advises her to stop meddling with the lives of other people.
Termed by many as India’s first women-centric fun film, Sonam earned the tag of Bollywood’s undisputed fashionista for her designer outfits in the film.
Simran (I Hate Luv Storys):
In the film, Sonam played the role of Simran, a young art director who loves Bollywood romances so much so that her life has begun to resemble one. With her awesome job and a “Mr. Perfect” fiancé, Raj (Sameer Dattani), she lives a dreamy life. But then comes Jay (Imran Khan), who brings a fresh joy into her life.
Zoya Haider (Raanjhanaa):
One of her best performances till date, Sonam played Zoya Haider, a middle-class Muslim girl from Varanasi who is drawn into politics after the tragic death of her Sikh lover (Abhay Deol). Sonam’s Zoya appealed to the masses because of the grey shades of the character and the way she turns from feisty and happy to sad and cynical.
Mayera Sehgal (Bewakoofiyaan):
Produced by Yash Raj Films, Bewakoofiyan was a “slice of life” film, set during a recession. In the film, Sonam played Mayera Sehgal, an intelligent, stylish and independent young woman who works for an International Bank. She is passionately in love with Ayushmann Khurrana’s Mohit Chadha and the duo believe that their love can help them survive anything, including joblessness and the frustrations which accompany it.
Dr. Mrinalini ‘Mili’ Chakravarty (Khoobsurat):
In Khoobsurat, Sonam played Dr. Mili Chakravarty, a physiotherapist who works for the Indian cricket team. Her mother Manju (Kirron Kher) hopes that she will find a suitable and charming man to marry. Soon, Mili’s services are called upon by a royal family in Rajasthan where she meets Fawad Khan’s Yuvraj Vikram Singh Rathore and falls in love with him.
Dolly (Dolly Ki Doli):
In Dolly Ki Doli, Sonam played a young con-woman named Dolly, who marries men from different religions and runs away with their wealth on the night of the wedding. Her entire family consists of con artists. After conning a number of rich men, she gets media attention, who label her as “looteri dulhan”
Rajkumari Maithili Devi (Prem Ratan Dhan Payo):
In this film, Sonam starred as Rajkumari Maithili Devi, a young Rajasthani Princess who is good-hearted, kind and in love with Yuvraj Vijay Singh (Salman Khan).
Neerja Bhanot (Neerja):
Her most iconic role, Sonam aced as flight attendant Neerja Bhanot, who died while saving passengers on Pan Am Flight 73 which had been hijacked by terrorists during a stopover at the Karachi International Airport on 5 September 1986.
The film went on to become a turning point in Sonam’s career, winning her a National Award besides a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor (Female).
Pari Walia (Padman):
Directed by R Balki, ‘Padman’ was Sonam Kapoor’s first release in 2018. After almost two years of ‘Neerja’, she appeared in this Akshay Kumar starrer where she played the role of a Delhi Girl, Pari Walia, who helps Kumar in achieving his dreams. As a friend and confidante of Laxmikanth, (played by Akshay) she accompanies him on his journey of installing sanitary pad vending machines in rural pockets of the country; eventually falling in love with him.
Avni Sharma (Veere Di Wedding):
Co-starring alongside Kareena, Swara Bhasker and Shikha Talsania, Sonam played the supporting role of Avni Sharma who is waiting for a ‘Prince Charming’ to enter her life so that she can marry and settle down. Despite playing a secondary role, Sonam perfectly brought out the innocence of Avni and her dejection at being turned down by a guy she likes.
In the movie, she plays an ever-happy girl who always stands by her friends and supports them through thick and thin. People especially loved her ‘blow-hot-blow-cold’ banter with Vishwas Kinni’s Bhandari as he relentlessly tries to woo her.
Sweety Chaudhary (Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga):
This path-breaking film revolves around a same-sex relationship and shows the struggles of a homosexual woman, trying to find acceptance in the family and society. In ELKDTAL, Sonam is unbelievably convincing in the role of Sweety. Her innate sadness and suffocations come tearing across her forlorn eyes and compromised smiles. She plays to perfection the girl who no one understands and who seeks solace in the pages of her diary.
Currently, the actor is gearing up for the release of her next titled ‘The Zoya Factor’. Based on Anuja Chauhan’s novel of the same name, The Zoya Factor revolves around Zoya Singh Solanki (played by Sonam Kapoor), an advertising executive who meets the Indian Cricket Team through her job and ends up becoming a lucky charm for the team at the Cricket World Cup. South Hottie Dulquer Salman is playing the captain of the Indian Cricket team in the movie.
‘The Zoya Factor’ is slated for a theatrical release on September 20, 2019.