Sonam Kapoor, who made her debut in last year’s Saawariya will next be seen opposite Abhishek Bachchan in Dilli 6. Recently Sonam talked about “overprotective” Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and about shooting in beautiful Rajasthan.
Sonam loved everything about Rajasthan, the palaces, the forts and the food: “I love Rajasthan! I have visited the state several times — while my dad was shooting here or during holidays. I am bowled over by its desi touch. I am not only smitten by its palaces and forts but also by the eclectic mix of tradition and westernisation it offers,” she said.
About the wonderful cuisine she said, “Oh! The food is just yum… I can’t forget gatte ki sabzi and thick jawar-bajre ki roti. My diet went out of the window when I was there. Whether it’s a dhaba or a five-star hotel whenever I had time I just went out and ate.”
She says that much like Bhansali, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is also a very protective director, “Sanjay Sir would cover me up even when I walked from the set to my van. And now Rakeysh is worse! He wants to see me in nothing but salwar-kameez in Dilli 6.”
For one sequence she had to dress a little more modern and Mehra was not happy, “When I came on the set, Rakeysh looked at me and said ‘This is not my character Bittu’ and that I should quickly revert to my salwar-kameez look. Because of my dad, everyone treats me like a child. I can’t be doing any role, which would make my father, mother and the rest of my family cringe at the premiere. My father has a 40-year reputation in the industry. And I’m not going to tarnish it.”
Sonam also said that she wants to follow the same path her father did with the roles she chooses. “I want to be like my dad. Like him, I want to do commercial cinema that entertains and also gives some message to the masses. I want to do unconventional roles but not art films because there is no point doing a film that is meant for a niche audience only.”
On to another topic: love and Sonam said, “I want to stay away from guys just now. That’s because most of my friends are guys and I spend a lot of time with them so I know how they think. Moreover, I haven’t found a guy who is as humble, honest and funny as I want my Mr. Right to be.”