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Education and schooling
Sonam Kapoor did her initial schooling at Arya Vidya Mandir, Mumbai and enrolled herself at United World College of South East Asia, Singapore to complete her pre-university education. She later enrolled herself for a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science but dropped out in the freshman year. She completed her graduation in Economics and Political Science through correspondence programme at the University of Mumbai.
Parents: Anil Kapoor (Father), Sunita Kapoor (Mother)
Siblings: Harshvardhan Kapoor (Younger Brother), Rhea Kapoor (Younger Sister)
Husband: Anand Ahuja (m. 2018)
Notable Cousins: Arjun Kapoor, Mohit Marwah, Jahaan Kapoor, Khushi Kapoor, Jhanvi Kapoor, Anshula Kapoor
Boyfriend & Affairs
1- Sonam Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor are childhood friends and they made their acting debut together in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s romantic-drama Saawariya. Although the movie failed to perform at the box office, their chemistry worked and they started dating each other for a brief period of time. Years after their breakup, Sonam Kapoor admitted about their affair at a chat show with Karan Johar and claimed Ranbir not to be loyal.
2- Sonam Kapoor dated entrepreneur and model Sahir Berry for a year-round but they parted ways after having differences on the personal and professional front.
3- Sonam was allegedly dating director Punit Malhotra after she appeared in his directorial comedy-drama I Hate Luv Storys. They were always seen together at parties and dinner dates but their relationship didn’t last long for reasons unknown.
4- She met Anand Ahuja through a mutual friend and the duo became close friends before falling in love for each other. They kept their relationship under wraps until they decided to tie a knot. Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja married in a traditional Sikh wedding ceremony in Mumbai.
Sonam Kapoor is a busy woman who has lots of hobbies up her sleeve. She loves to read, write and collect paintings. She is also known for her love for shopping. Sonam Kapoor was active in sports when she was in school. She is also trained in classical dance and music.
Debut to Stardom
Sonam Kapoor was born in a family of actors and she was keen on acting at a very young age. However, after completing her studies, she wanted to pursue writing and direction instead. On Anil Kapoor’s recommendation, she gets to work with renowned director Sanjay Leela Bhansali as an assistant for his movie Black starring Rani Mukherjee and Amitabh Bachchan in the lead roles.
Upon a suggestion from Bhansali, Sonam Kapoor developed an interest to work on his upcoming project as an actor. She made her commercial acting debut as a lead role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s romance-drama Saawariya opposite debutant Ranbir Kapoor, for which she lost 35 kilograms of weight. Saawariya failed to garner positive reviews and performed more poorly at the box office.
Sonam next appeared in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s directorial drama Delhi-6 opposite Abhishek Bachchan. The movie again failed at the box office and received mixed reviews. However, Sonam Kapoor gained recognition for her performance and her featured song Masakali went viral. Her next release I Hate Luv Storys emerged as her first commercial success and received the positive worth of mouth.
Sonam Kapoor’s comedy movie Aisha proved her potential to lead a movie without a male lead and received critical success for her performance. However, her next couple releases like Thank You, Mausam and Players failed poorly at the box office and turned out to be setbacks in her emerging career.
However, some flops in her kitty didn’t stop Sonam Kapoor in establishing a promising career in the acting industry and she made a comeback with super hit movie Raanjhanaa and went to deliver powerful performances in movies like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Neerja, Pad Man, Veere Di Wedding and Sanju. Sonam Kapoor is currently one of few Bollywood actresses who have the calibre to bank a movie without a prominent male lead.
Sonam Kapoor charged around 5-6 crore INR per movie but she constantly protests for gender equality for fees in Bollywood industry. Sonam Kapoor speaks in support of all actresses that an actress is equally important to an actor in a movie so she deserves equal pay. However, like many industries in India and the world, Bollywood producers pay more than four times to the male lead as compared to the female lead.
With movies, events and brand endorsements, Sonam Kapoor has a net worth of 90 crore INR (approx).
Sonam Kapoor is the style diva of Bollywood but she is no behind in the race of luxurious cars collection. Sonam has one of the most luxurious cars in her garage. She owns Audi Q7 and BMW 7-Series for her daily commute.
Sonam Kapoor is known to speak her mind and her no-filter comments have landed her controversies many times. Below are some of her famous controversies:
1- Sonam Kapoor made a statement that she wouldn’t announce on social media her decision to commit to a cause, which was an indirect attack on Deepika Padukone. Sonam’s comment came just after Deepika Padukone shared her decision to support mental health cause on her social media handle.
2- After the Censor Board of Film Certification asked the makers of her movie Players to censor her middle finger clip in the movie, Sonam publicly showed her middle finger to the media in her protest against the Censor Board.
3- If rumour mills have to be believed, Aishwarya Rai refused to walk with Sonam Kapoor at the Cannes festival as a brand ambassador of a beauty brand. In return, Sonam referred Aishwarya Rai as an ‘aunty’ from the old generation and asked everyone to not compare her with Aishwarya.
4- Sonam Kapoor had an ugly spat with film columnist Shobhaa De on social media after Shobhaa passed negative reviews on her movie I Hate Luv Storys.
5- Abhay Deol accused Sonam Kapoor along with the makers of her movie Aisha for sidelining him at the movie promotions because the producers included Sonam’s father Anil Kapoor and sister Rhea Kapoor.
6- Sonam Kapoor shocked the industry when she referred to Katrina Kaif as shameless for choosing over the top movies.
7- Sonam Kapoor targetted her rival Kangana Ranaut by making a statement that Bollywood considers not good looking people as good actors.
8- She irked controversy when she said, “Indian men don’t understand fashion unless they are gay.”
Sonam Kapoor is well known for her philanthropy works and she always stands against the wrongdoers. Sonam also protests for gender equality in every industry in terms of paygrade.
Sonam Kapoor speaks her mind and doesn’t hesitate in expressing her likes and dislikes.
Sonam is sometimes outspoken and attracts controversy for making blunt statements about her rivals.
1- Sonam Kapoor was nominated for Best Female Debut award at Filmfare Awards, Zee Cine Awards and Screen Awards but won Superstar of Tomorrow- Female Award at Stardust Awards.
2- She won Best Actress in a Comedy or Romance Award for her performance in the movie Khoobsurat at Stardust Awards.
3- Sonam Kapoor won Best Actress awards at Indian Film Festival of Melbourne and Asiavision Awards for her movie Neerja.
4- She received Best Actress (Critics) and Editor’s Choice Best Actress of the Year awards for her movie Neerja at Filmfare Awards and Stardust Awards.
5- Sonam Kapoor also won Special Mention Award at National Film Awards for her performance in the movie Neerja.