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Sonam Kapoor may be playing a princess in her next film, but in real life, the actress (unlike most princesses) is definitely not fluffy, giddy-headed or spoiled. She’s clear, level-headed and not only has her head firmly fixed on her shoulders, she knows her next course of action too. The actress talks about why she may be directing a film in the next few years, actresses who excite her (yes, they include Deepika Padukone too, with whom Sonam has been known to indulge in a war of words with) and why her sister Rhea won’t be directing anytime soon.
Sonam has thought about directing a film. She says, “I will be directing one very soon, maybe in a couple of years. I have written scripts, I have ideas/concepts… I try to understand what it is about life that I want to showcase and what it is that I would like to explore within myself as a person and as an artiste, what I would like to see visually and I put that down. Let’s see whatever comes of it. My training has been in direction. I was Sanjay Leela’s Bhansali’s assistant director for three years and then also in terms of school (She studied theatre and arts at the United World College of South-East Asia for her pre-university education), I’ve trained in direction and writing.”
Choice of genres
What genres attract her as a director? “I find the genres of drama and romance very attractive. I love comedy as well. But I would love to direct women-centric subjects, too. I don’t think I am talented enough to direct myself, but maybe some day I would like to”, she shares, adding, “Right now, several actresses inspire me to direct — Swara Bhaskar, Alia Bhatt, Parineeti Chopra, Anushka Sharma and Deepika Padukone, too.
Rhea not directing
Rumours were rife that Rhea would turn director soon. Sonam clarifies, “While I think Rhea would make a brilliant director, she has said she’s not doing it. She’s got too much going on — producing three films, two TV shows and running my dad’s company. She’s also doing my styling and we are launching a clothing line. And she has to deal with too much of my nonsense (laughs).”