, Mumbai, India
Sonam Kapoor is an Indian film actress who appears in Bollywood films. She made her acting debut in the unsuccessful film 'Saawariya' opposite newcomer Ranbir Kapoor, which earned her a nomination for Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. She earned her first commercial success in 'I Hate Luv Storys' opposite Imran Khan. Other Bollywood films she has appeared in include 'Delhi-6', 'Aisha' and the multi-starrer 'Thank You'.
Sonam was born and raised in Mumbai. She is the eldest daughter of Anil Kapoor and Sunita Kapoor, and the grand daughter of filmmaker Surinder Kapoor. She is the niece of producer Boney Kapoor, actress Sridevi, actor Sanjay Kapoor and producer Sandeep Marwah. Kapoor is the eldest of three children; the others are sister Rhea Kapoor and brother Harshvardhan. She went to school in Mumbai at the Arya Vidya Mandir school in Juhu and then enrolled in the United World College of South East Asia to do her International Baccalaureate. She speaks English, Hindi and Punjabi and is a trained dancer.
Before starting her career off as an actress, Sonam worked as an assistant under Sanjay Leela Bhansali in 2004 and assisted him during the making of his film, 'Black' which was released in early 2005.
In 2010, she appeared in Punit Malhotra's 'I Hate Luv Storys' opposite Imran Khan. The film went on to become her first box-office success. She also appeared in the romantic comedy, Aisha, opposite Abhay Deol, which was declared a below average performer at the box-office. Kapoor's first release in 2011, 'Thank You' was a critical failure, although the film was a moderate success at the box-office. The same year, she made an appearance at the 64th Cannes Film Festival representing L'Oréal, the brand she endorses in India. Sonam was next seen in 'Mausam' alongside Shahid Kapoor and 'Players' a remake of 'The Italian Job', alongside Abhishek Bachchan.
Kapoor made her third appearance at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2013. Her first release of 2013, Raanjhanaa, opened to a positive critical reception and proved to be a commercial success, netting INR340 million (US$5.2 million) nett approx domestically in the first week. Kapoor's portrayal of Zoya Haidar, a headstrong but emotional middle class girl, earned her positive reviews throughout the globe. She next appeared in the biographical sports film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag opposite Farhan Akhtar and Pakistani actress Meesha Shafi. Her role Biro was of Akhtar's former love-interest. The film opened to tremendous critical acclaim and was termed as a huge box office success on the second day of release itself. Moreover, her performance also met with positive reviews. Kapoor began shooting for Yash Raj Film's next co-starring Ayushmann Khurrana on 5 February 2013. The film is directed by Nupur Asthana (of Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge fame) and is slated for a late 2013 release.
She has also been signed on for Rhea Kapoor's next, a remake of the 1980 film Khubsoorat starring Rekha. Kapoor and director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra also confirmed her presence as the lead actress of his next film, a mythological adventure thriller opposite her I Hate Luv Storys co-star Imran Khan.
Kapoor prefers to keep her personal life away from media attention. There have been numerous reports regarding her dating life, however, she has never confirmed these. During the filming of Kapoor's debut film, Saawariya it was widely speculated that she was in a romantic relationship with co-star, Ranbir Kapoor. However, it was denied by both the actors. After the films release, it was reported the couple had broken up. Later, it was reported that she is in a relationship with her I Hate Luv Storys director, Punit Malhotra, although, despite the fact that this was also denied by both, it was continued to be reported. In January 2013, it was believed the couple had separated. Kapoor has also stated that her closest friends in the industry are actors Kareena KapoorKhan, Asin, Jacqueline Fernandez, Imran Khan, Dhanush and fashion designer Shehla Khan.