9 June 1985, Chembur, Maharashtra, India
Sonam Anil Kapoor
5' 9½" (1.77 m)
Sonam Kapoor comes from an established film family. She is the daughter of actor and producer Anil Kapoor, and the grandchild of filmmaker Surinder Kapoor. Sonam is Bollywood royalty with immense support in the Indian film fraternity.
Unlike most star children, Sonam started life with a structured education, and a grounding in the process of filmmaking. She graduated from college in Political Science and Economics. She is interested in writing and direction, and has assisted the celebrated director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali in the production of his films including the path-breaking 'Black'.
The veteran director then asked her to star in his next project, the critically acclaimed "Saawariya". Sonam made a confident debut and elicited notable reviews for it. She was nominated for a number of film awards as a debutante and an actress. She won the "Stardust Superstar of Tomorrow" award.
Her second movie, "Delhi 6" got her glowing reviews and established her as an actress of calibre. 2010 has been the turning point for Sonam, with two back-to-back hits - "I Hate Luv Storys" and "Aisha". These hits propelled her into the league of superstars.
Sonam was named the "Best Dressed Celebrity" of 2009 by People's Magazine. Sonam is associated with prestigious brands like L'Oreal Paris, Electrolux, Spice Mobile, Mont Blanc and Anant Diamond Jewellery (a sub brand of Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council).
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Sonam was born in Chembur, Bombay, India in the Kapoor family, which consists of Punjabi-speaking dad - Bollywood actor, Anil Kapoor, Sindhi-speaking mom, Sunita (nee Bhambhani), sister, Rhea and brother, Harshvardhan.
She is the niece of film-maker Boney Kapoor, and actor, Sanjay Kapoor. The family has good connections within the Bombay-based Indian movie industry now popularly known as Bollywood. Boney's wife is noted yesteryear film actress Sridevi. Her cousin, Arjun, Boney's son, is an up and coming movie director.
She completed her schooling from Arya Vidya Mandir and majored in Theater Arts and Chinese History from United World College of East Asia. She then also majored in Political Science and Economics from Bombay University.
Her mom, who came from a business family, did not initially approve of her taking to acting and preferred that she get a college education, and then eventually marry and settle down.
She assisted Sanjay Leela Bhansali during the filming of 'Black' and often went to Mumbai's notorious Chor Bazar near Grant Road Railway Station to shop for props. She has made her first appearance in Bollywood with 'Saawariya' opposite another débutante, Ranbir Kapoor, the son of Neetu Singh and Rishi Kapoor.
None of her releases did well at the box-office save for 'I Hate Luv Storys', however, she was praised for her role in 'Saawariya' so much so that she was nominated for several awards, and did win the 'Stardust Award' for her performance in this flick. Even though 'Delhi 6' flopped at the box-office, her performance was praised.
A person of varied interests she loves to read, write, paint, go shopping, and play video games, basket-ball and squash. she is also the brand ambassador of several popular brands, and is also proficient in Hindi, English and Punjabi.
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Is the daughter of the evergreen Indian Film Star, Anil Kapoor
Her favorite songs are Jab Koyi Baat Bigad Jaye, Raat Kali Ek Khwaab Mein aaye. Then there's her old time favorites Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Don't Cry For Me Argentina, Strangers In The Night. She also likes Choli Ke Peeche, Aaj Mein Upar Aasmaan Neeche from the movie Khamoshi: The Musical (1996). Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein and Ek Ladki Ko Dekha. All of A.R. Rahman's music and her favorite band is Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
Favorite movies are all of Satyajit Ray's films (especially Pather Panchali (1955)), all of Raj Kapoor movies, Guide (1965), Mr India (1987), Devdas (2002/I), Black (2005), Saawariya (2007), Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet (1968/I), Titanic (1997), Bandini (1963), All of Steven Spielberg's movies (especially Schindler's List (1993)), The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988). She likes all love stories.
Favorite books are Milan Kundera's Unbearable Lightness of Being, Ayn Rand's Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, The Mahabharata because she finds it so positive and gives her hope all the time, 'Patrick Suskind''s Perfume, J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's books including Mistress of Spices, Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, and books by all the Bronte sisters.
Favorite brands are Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Dior.
Enjoys reading, shopping, writing, playing squash and basketball, video games and painting.
Went to university at Bombay University (Majoring in Economics and Political Science).
Went to high school at the United World College of South East Asia, finishing the International Baccalaureate program.
Studied in Arya Vidya Mandhir school.
Her favorite director is Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Her favorite actresses are Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Kajol, Tabu, Rani Mukerji, Kareena Kapoor, and Priyanka Chopra.
Favorite actor is her father Anil Kapoor.
Sonam was never interested in acting. Direction and writing were her basic interests, but Sanjay Leela Bhansali showed so much confidence in her that he wanted her to be in his film.
Loves to dance. She is trained in Kathak, classical music, and Latin dance.
Speaks Urdu, Sindhi, Punjabi and English all fluently.
Was born in Chembur which is the suburb of Mumbai located in India.
Uncles are producer Boney Kapoor and actor Sanjay Kapoor. Her aunt is actress Sridevi.
Siblings are sister Rhea & brother Harsh Kapoor.
Weighed over 80 kilograms (about 180 pounds) when offered Saawariya (2007). After she returned from Singapore, she got into weight training with Shervir and Monisha as well as artistic yoga with Bharat Thakur.
Sonam Kapoor has two brothers in New Delhi, Mohit & Akshay Marwah.