Sonam Kapoor is a National Award-winning Indian actress, globally recognized for her statement looks and extraordinary film choices. Sonam, in her career spanning over 15 years, has carved a path in the competitive world of Hindi cinema with diligence, patience, and diverse cinematic roles. She has acted in unconventional films as well as commercial blockbusters with leading Indian movie stars.
Sonam began working in the movies at a young age when she assisted prolific filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali on his cult super hit, Black (2005), before making her grand debut in Bollywood with Saawariya (2007) opposite Ranbir Kapoor. She soon gained recognition as a successful actress for her varied roles in films like I Hate Luv Stories, Raanjhanaa, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag amongst others. Raanjhanaa marked a turning point in Sonam's career, earning her multiple best actress nominations for her sensitive portrayal of Zoya Haider. Sonam, to her credit, has also been a part of commercial blockbusters like Prem Ratan Dhan Payo and Sanju, alongside superstars Salman Khan and Ranbir Kapoor, respectively. It was the 2016 film Neerja, based on the life of air hostess Neerja Bhanot, that earned Sonam immense critical acclaim as it went on to become the most commercially successful films of all times with a woman protagonist. Neerja marked a career-defining moment in Kapoor's professional trajectory as she bagged a special mention at the prestigious National Film Awards and also got her a Filmfare Best Actress (Critics) award for her heart-wrenching performance.
A trailblazer of her generation, Sonam Kapoor has created a niche for herself in the Hindi film industry with diverse roles. Her repertoire boasts of working with some of the biggest filmmakers and directors of Hindi cinema including Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Sooraj Barjatya, Aanand L Rai, Rajkummar Hirani, Ram Madhvani amongst others. Kapoor, who has always been keen to nurture the cinema of contemporary times, ventured into co-production of films along with her sister Rhea Kapoor. The duo has produced memorable and revered films like Aisha, Khoobsurat and Veere Di Wedding, all of which have struck the right chord with the audiences and have a fandom of their own!
While Sonam has impressed all with her diverse filmography, it is her impeccable fashion sense that has deservedly earned her the badge of India's most fashionable star. Often applauded for her bold and gutsy appearances, Sonam has left an indelible mark in the world of fashion. From the mesmerising red carpet showcases at Cannes Film Festival to her trendy appearances at global fashion soirees, Sonam Kapoor has done it all! A fashionista with an immaculate sense of style, she has elevated Indian fashion to global levels with her presence at international events, including the Coronation of Prince Charles the Third, where she made an introductory speech for a performance.
With her tremendous popularity and global reach Sonam has been the face of multiple international brands like Chopard Parfums, IWC Schaffhausen, Bvlgari – The Jannah Project, Doha Jewellery & Watches Exhibition, L'oreal, etc. She has also been a brand ambassador for other popular brands like Colgate, Lux, Oppo mobile, Moms & Co among others.
Apart from films and fashion, Sonam has been vocal about multiple social issues. Her outspoken, frank and forthright opinions make her popular with the media and young Indian audience. Sonam has espoused the cause of LGBTQ+ communities through her social media handles and has been candid about the same. She has also used her popularity to raise awareness for Breast Cancer support across fashion and charity events. An avid pet lover, Kapoor has also worked with PETA to raise awareness for the ethical treatment of animals.
Sonam, who enjoys a credible following on social media and is a popular figure internationally, has rightly acquired numerous awards as India's most stylish icon. After a hiatus post her wedding in 2018 to businessman Anand Ahuja and embracing motherhood in 2022, Sonam is all set to make a comeback with two tentpole projects, the details of which are currently under wraps.
Films as an Actor: SAAWARIYA (2007), DELHI 6 (2009), I HATE LUV STORYS (2010), AISHA (2010), THANK YOU (2011), MAUSAM (2011), PLAYERS (2012), RAANJHANAA (2013), BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG (2013), BEWAKOOFIYAAN (2014), KHOOBSURAT (2014), DOLLY KI DOLI (2015), PREM RATAN DHAN PAYO (2015), NEERJA (2016), PAD MAN (2018), VEERE DI WEDDING (2018), SANJU (2018), EK LADKI KO DEKHA TOH AISA LAGA (2019), THE ZOYA FACTOR (2019), AK VS AK (2020)