Born and raised in Mumbai by her parents, acclaimed actor Anil
Kapoor, and mother Sunita Kapoor, Sonam has two younger siblings - a
sister named Rhea and a brother, Harshvardhan.
After initially schooling
in Mumbai at the Arya Vidya Mandir School, S
onam went on to obtain her
International Baccalaureate from United World College of South East
Eventually, she moved into the world of film making -
although her premier venture and intention was only to be behind the
scenes. She served as the assistant director to Sanjay Leela Bhansali in
the making of 2005's much acclaimed and blockbuster hit, Black.
someone who had not considered acting for a career - she was a face
spotted soon enough nonetheless, and in 2007, she debuted with
alongside debuting co-star and Kapoor
scion, Ranbir. Although the film was a box office failure, Sonam earned
herself a nomination for Filmfare Award in the Best Female Debutante
category, and bagged further encouraging offers.
Her second release in 2009 brought yet again another failure at the BO, Dehli-6, opposite
Abhishek Bachchan. However, on the individual front, the compliments
continued to flow in as Sonam was tagged "instinctive" and a "fire
cracker performer"; and hence, the offers kept coming too. Not to
mention her ever increasing pay packets from representing some very
impressive and internationally renowned brand names.
In 2010, she appeared in Punit Malhotra's I Hate Luv Storys
the KJo camp, with co-star Imran Khan and that was Kapoor's first
commercial success. The same year, released her father's home
production, the rom-com contemporary Indian adaptation of Jane Austen's
novel Emma - titled Aisha,
and co starring Abhay Deol, which fared averagely.
Recently, the Saawariya
star was seen in 2011's comic multi-starrer Thank You
which was another moderate success at the BO.
Did you know..
- Sonam can speak Hindi, Punjabi and English
- She is the niece of producer Boney Kapoor, actress Sridevi, and actor Sanjay Kapoor.
- She is a trained dancer
- In 2011, she appeared at the 64th Cannes Film Festival as the face of L'Oreal India.
The most promising and anticipated of her releases so far shall hit the halls this September 16th. Mausuam
, a romantic drama featuring Shahid Kapur, is a Pankaj Kapuir directorial debut. After Mausam shall come Player
, a remake of Italian Job,
alongside her D-6
co-star Abhishek Bachchan.
Will 2011 prove to be Sonam's breakthrough year in the world of cinema?!