Sonam Kapoor Ahuja is known for calling a spade a spade. This Kapoor girl has never submitted to the rules of patriarchy set by the industry and has carved a path of her own. While promoting Veere Di Wedding, Kapoor Ahuja revealed to a leading daily that A-list heroes aren’t willing to play small parts in female oriented films and how they didn’t agree to do VDW. She didn’t take names, but this is a given that the male ‘stars’ of the industry aren’t willing to play the second fiddle to leading ladies.
“We don’t have A-list heroes in our industry who agree to do good films like Raazi, Neerja, Raanjhanaa (2013), Khoobsurat or even a Veere Di Wedding. No one said yes. I don’t think they have the confidence to do that. My father (Anil Kapoor) did films like Beta (1992) with Madhuri Dixit and Laadla (1994) with Sridevi, but I haven’t seen anyone do that. He’s a different kind of person. He raised me to be a feminist. When I came into the industry, I was shocked with the way things were. I was raised very differently. My parents never made me believe that I was any different from my brother. When I came here, I saw we were not paid the same amount as the hero, and not given the same kind of rooms as the leading man. People had that ‘Woh hero hai’ mentality. In the 11 years that I have been around, things have changed, yet there is a lot of change that needs to happen,” Sonam said.
Like you, we too hope this changes, Sonam!