Sonam Kapoor Ahuja knows how to call a spade a spade and she doesn’t shy away from doing so even when it comes upon herself. What we absolutely adore about the Neerja actress is that she recognises the fact that she is, after all, Anil Kapoor’s daughter and that wherever she goes, she goes with privilege. Having said that, was it as easy for her as it seems? While speaking to a leading daily, the actress said, “I’m born into a certain family, right? That’s destiny. I come from a film family and I decided to assist Sanjay Leela Bhansali on a movie. Ranbir (Kapoor) was already on it and I knew him since I was a child. When I applied for the job, SLB didn’t know I was Anil Kapoor’s daughter because nobody had ever seen me at events, as I hadn’t been photographed before. Ranbir told him, ‘My friend is coming for the job of an intern’. He was making Bajirao Mastani with Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan then, not Black. When I met SLB, he said, ‘I want to cast you in my film’. That, I guess, is destiny because without even knowing I’m Anil Kapoor’s daughter, he told me that. Of course, I had to audition after that.”
Kapoor Ahuja also added that she realises that there are other girls who are prettier than her, “At that time, Shraddha (Kapoor), Katrina (Kaif), Deepika (Padukone) — we were all auditioning together. Even for Delhi-6, I had to audition first. So, I think it was a combination of luck, destiny and hard work. Because I’m sure there are lots of girls who are prettier, more talented or more hardworking than me but it’s always about being in the right place at the right time. At the same time, if you don’t work hard, and if you don’t have talent, you cannot survive.”
On the work front, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja’s The Zoya Factor, also starring Dulquer Salmaan, releases on September 20.
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