Bollywood's princess, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja is known for her candidness and brutal honesty in interviews. Throughout her career, she has never strayed away from expressing her opinions, even if they are controversial or unpopular. Apart from her sartorial fashion choices, Sonam's straightforward approach and fearlessness in addressing sensitive topics have made her a refreshing and intriguing figure in the entertainment industry.
One aspect that sets Sonam apart from many other celebrities is her willingness to speak openly about personal experiences, both positive and negative. She is known to share anecdotes from her own life, discussing her struggles, triumphs, and the lessons she has learned along the way. Sonam has always been an advocate of embracing reality be it talking about having dark circles or PCOS or being overweight with stretchmarks. By doing so, Sonam connects with her fans on a deeper level while offering valuable insights into the realities of being a star kid.
However, Sonam's candidness and brutal honesty have occasionally drawn controversy. Her outspoken nature has led to disagreements and debates with other individuals, both within and outside the film industry. Nonetheless, Sonam's commitment to staying true to herself and standing up for her unwavering beliefs.
As the actress turns a year older on 9th June, we find it only fitting to take a quick trip down memory lane and revisit moments where the fashionista was brutally honest and passionate towards a myriad of topics ranging from nepotism to pregnancy to keeping it real in the filtered world of Instagram.
6 times Sonam Kapoor Ahuja was brutally honest on the internet
1. Growing up in the Kapoor clan
While speaking to a fashion magazine, Sonam Kapoor reflected on her experience of growing up in the illustrious Kapoor clan, a legendary film dynasty in Bollywood. She talked about how weird it was to suddenly grow up to be the tallest kid in class and deal with body hair as a teenager. She was in a protective bubble growing up with her army of 5 brothers and was sent to boarding school right after the 10th grade. As hard as we would find it to believe, she remembers not being as poised and polished in school as she is now. Her love-filled family has gone above and beyond to give her the space to learn, love and live as she sees fit.
2. Keeping it real and raw
On her Instagram, Sonam candidly discusses her journey and emphasizes that she doesn't wake up looking like a glam goddess. She emphasizes the importance of being authentic and transparent about the realities of the entertainment industry, acknowledging that the glamorous appearance on screen is the result of an army of professionals working behind the scenes. She wants young girls (especially her young sisters) to understand that what they see in magazines or on social media is often heavily curated and edited, and it doesn't reflect the true nature of beauty or the everyday lives of celebrities.
Sonam believes in debunking the myth of perfection to empower young girls to embrace their individuality and feel comfortable in their skin. She emphasizes the significance of self-acceptance and encourages girls to focus on their talents, intelligence, and inner beauty rather than constantly striving to meet unrealistic beauty standards. Kudos, Queen S!
3. All that glitters is (usually) sourced
On the popular talk show Koffee with Karan, Sonam being a fashion icon openly clarified that her clothes are sourced from designers rather than being personally bought. Her statement shed light on the reality behind the glamorous world of fashion and challenged the notion that celebrities always purchase the outfits they wear.
Through this conversation, Sonam Kapoor emphasized the collaborative nature of the fashion industry. She explained that as a celebrity, she has access to a vast network of talented designers who provide her with their creations for various events and appearances. Her statement reflected the intricacies of the entertainment industry, emphasizing that fashion is a carefully curated collaboration between artists, designers, stylists, and celebrities. Credit where credit is due! Sonam, you officially have our hearts.
4. The buzzword of Bollywood: Nepotism
Sonam has never shied away from talking about nepotism and the privilege she comes with. Sonam acknowledges that she comes from a film family and highlights the advantages that come with it. However, she has also stressed the importance of recognizing and nurturing talent, regardless of one's background as that's what keeps you in the game, despite your surname. That said, Sonam never fails to mention how proud she is to be Anil Kapoor's daughter.
She also shed some light on how she is a girl from the JVPD scheme in Juhu and isn't rooted enough to naturally play a small-town girl. This adds a lot of responsibility to her as an actor and increases her prep work to ace her characters, making it believable.
5. Embracing motherhood at 36
Never shying away from talking about the tough stuff, in an intimate conversation with journalist Faye D'souza, Sonam talked about what it was like to be pregnant at 36. Sparing no details of her experience right from informing their family of the happy news on a video call to taking progesterone shots because of her age, the food cravings and aversions, and a myriad of restrictions and fears attached to getting pregnant at that age. She also shared her take on tackling the hate she received on social media for the pregnancy pictures which were a way to celebrate her body and the magic it is creating. She does not shy away from accepting that she comes from a place of privilege and has nothing to complain about, which makes the hate she receives irrelevant.
6. Female characters beyond the damsel in distress
Sonam Kapoor in many interviews, has reflected on the representation of women during her growing-up years. She shares her memories of watching movies and television shows where women were often portrayed in stereotypical roles, such as being submissive or solely focused on marriage and domesticity. Sonam often expresses her desire for more diverse, relatable and empowering portrayals of women in the media, emphasizing the importance of showcasing their strength, intelligence, and independence. Her reflection highlights the need for positive female role models and the impact they can have on shaping young minds and inspiring future generations of women.
In a world where many celebrities carefully craft their public image, Sonam Kapoor's candidness and brutal honesty are refreshing and impactful. She uses her platform to bring attention to important issues and spark conversations that can lead to positive change. Sonam's fearlessness in expressing her opinions, sharing her experiences, and addressing sensitive topics has earned her a special place in the hearts of her fans and the respect of her peers. Happy birthday, Sonam!