she made her acting debut in 2007 in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Saawariya opposite Ranbir Kapoor and subsequently featured in the offbeat drama Delhi-6 (2009). She earned her first commercial success with the romantic comedy I Hate Luv Storys (2010), and followed with films such as Aisha, and Mausam (2011). Whilst the former brought her acknowledgment as a fashionista and praise for her unique sense of style; the latter earned her recognition for her performance. In 2013, Kapoor gained critical appreciation for her performance in the commercially successful romantic drama Raanjhanaa, and followed it with the critically acclaimed biographical sports film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, which emerged as her biggest financial success to date.
Alongside her acting career, she participates in stage shows for award functions, and is a prominent celebrity endorser for brands and products. she garnered international recognition as a spokesperson for the French beauty brand L'Oréal. Sonam Kapoorhas also received acclaim for her photoshoots and her unique sense of style.
Kapoor attended the Arya Vidya Mandir school in Juhu and then enrolled in the United World College of South East Asia, a boarding school in Singapore, to do her International Baccalaureate.Sonam studied theatre and arts in Singapore for 2 years. Kapoor also studied Political Science and Economics from University of East London.Sonam speaks English, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and Marathi and is a well trained classical dancer.
-:2004–08: Early work and film debut:-
Before starting her career off as an actress, Sonam and Ranbir Kapoor worked as assistant directors under Sanjay Leela Bhansali in 2004, and assisted him during the making of his film, Black which was released in early 2005.
Ranbir Kapoor in Bhansali's Saawariya (2007), which failed to do well at the box office, but her performance opened to mixed to good reviews by critics. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama commented saying, "Sonam Kapoor is an average actor. However, her role doesn't give her the opportunity to display histrionics.Sonam Kapoor looks gorgeous at places, but plain ordinary at times." GlamSham.com wrote, "As for Sonam, Sonam Kapoor matches Ranbir, step for step. A gorgeous looker, Sonam Kapoor carries off her role with aplomb as the one who is looking for her love to return. Her huge eyes portray her emotions and her confidence is personified in every frame; whether she is playfully fooling around with Ranbir or anxiously looking out for her Imaan (Salman Khan) to return. It looks like these two were born to act. The chemistry between the two is awesome." Naresh K. D. of apunkachoice.com said, "Sonam, though undoubtedly gorgeous, seems ill at ease with her part. In one close-up shot just after her introduction, her face – supposed to express sadness – is completely bereft of emotion. In the second half, however, manages to sink her teeth better into her character."
Sonam had no release in 2008, although, was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut, though lost out to actress Deepika Padukone for Om Shanti Om, which, coincidentally was released alongside Saawariya.
-:2009–12: Breakthrough and professional setbacks:-
In 2009, Kapoor appeared in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Delhi-6, opposite Abhishek Bachchan. The film flopped at the box office and received mixed critical reviews, but her performance was praised and she received recognition from within and outside the film industry. Critic Rajeev Masand commented, "Sonam is the revelation in Delhi 6. She's a firecracker, instinctive and uninhibited in what isn't even a conventional female lead".Sonia Chopra, film criric from Rediff commented, "Sonam is an earnest and effortless performer so she does make you like the character somewhat, despite the typical Delhi-girl recipe".
Kapoor promoting I Hate Luv Storys on 92.7 BIG FM
Sonam next appeared in the romantic comedy, Aisha, opposite Abhay Deol, which was a decent success at the box office, as it was declared an "average" grosser.Kapoor also received mainly positive to mixed reviews for her performance. Film critic Sonia Chopra of Sify.com gave a favourable review stating, " Kapoor gives an ace performance as the somewhat nasty-sometimes angelic Aisha. With this role rendered so perfectly, she has proven herself to be an actor to watch out for, capable of belting out an entire range of emotions".NDTV Movies also gave a positive review as they wrote, "But the film belongs to Sonam , make no mistake of that. Sonam makes the best of a rather rare opportunity for an Indian leading lady to be part of a Bollywood film that salutes Victorian mores and Delhi's elitist affectations in one clean cool sweep". However, Rajeev Masand of IBN Live only gave a mixed review, as he said, "...doesn't help that Sonam Kapoor offers a cardboard cutout personality to the lead. Kapoor plays the airhead convincingly and pulls off the flighty princess part, but flounders when it comes to drumming up tears, anger or hurt", after criticising the writing of the character.
Sonam's first release in 2011, Thank You was a critical failure, although the film was a moderate success at the box office, as its collections surpassed the 450 million (US$7.2 million) mark.
Cannes Film Festival representing L'Oréal, the brand Sonam endorses in India.
Her second film of the year was the romance film Mausam, in which she and co-star Shahid Kapoor had four different looks representing each of the four seasons. The film received mixed reviews and was a failure at the box office. However, she's performance was appreciated by most prominent critics. Taran Adarsh commented, "For Sonam, Mausam will prove to be a turning point in her career. Astonishing – that would be the right word to describe her work this time around. The confidence with which Sonam handles the distinct characterization speaks volumes". Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV commented, " Kapoor may still have some way to go as an actress, but she conveys the essential vulnerability of a girl forever under duress, bringing out just the right mix of feminine fragility and native resolve."
Her first release of 2012 is Players, a remake of The Italian Job, alongside Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu and Neil Nitin Mukesh. The film received mixed to negative reviews and didn't do well at the box office. Her performance received mainly mixed reviews from top critics. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama stated that, "It's an image transformation for she in PLAYERS. She has never done a full-on glamorous role before and Players should change the perception. However, the rawness, as an actor, shows in a variety of scenes." However, Martin D'Souza, of glamsham.com said, "But it is Kapoor who disappoints. I get the feeling that the poor girl is trying too hard to play this 'oomphy' character. Sonam is either overawed by Bipasha or is rattled by the recent spate of her flops."
Later that year, she made her second appearance at the Cannes Film Festival.
-:2013–present: Success and recent work:-
Cannes Film Festival in May 2013, representing not only L'Oréal, but also some Indian brands (dress by Huemn and jewellery by Suhani Pittie). Her first release of 2013, Raanjhanaa, opened to a positive critical reception and proved to be a commercial success, netting 340 million (US$5.4 million) nett approx domestically in the first week.
Kapoor's portrayal of Zoya Haidar, a headstrong but emotional middle class girl, earned her rave reviews throughout the globe,with Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama noting that "The actor in she was waiting for a role that would make the spectator sit up and notice it and the one in Raanjhanaa gives her that opportunity. The headstrong and emotional persona comes across so well in this film. In addition, like Delhi 6,Kapoor 's devoid of makeup and that makes the character so appealing. This film is a huge leap frontward for she as an actor." Komal Nahta agrees, saying that " Kapoor looks very pretty and plays Zoya beautifully. The character of Zoya has tremendous range and she does full justice to it. Her transition is amazing. Rajeev Masand adds that "Kapoordoes some of her best work here, going smoothly from innocent to manipulative to cynical, without ever losing Zoya’s inherent vulnerability." Joginder Tuteja also writes positively, saying that "she is a revelation and though she has seen appreciation coming her way in earlier films, this one would stand out as a milestone and her career best till date. Playing well on the front foot in an author backed role,Sonam delivers, and how. Moreover, her act in the last 15–20 minutes of the film go on to stun you". For her performance in the film, she has been nominated for "Best Actress" at several award ceremonies, including the prestigious Filmfare Award for Best Actress.
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. Mohar Basu of entertainment site Koi Moi wrote, "Kapoor has a lovely tinge in her little role in her limited screen time, she will flatter you enough that you actually feel bad that Milkha and Biro eventually part ways!". Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama also mentioned, "she puts her best foot forward as well. Although the character is brief,Kapoor shines in those pertinent moments nonetheless". Gayatri Shankar of Zee News stated, "she, though has very little screen time, does her bit quite well". Joginder Tuteja of Movie Talkies also gave a positive review saying, "Sonam has a very minor role and after Raanjhanaa, we wish we could have got to see more of her in this film" The film has also been termed as her biggest commercial success 'til date.
she is currently shooting for Yash Raj Film's Bewakoofian, co-starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Rishi Kapoor. The film is directed by Nupur Asthana (of Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge fame) and is slated for a March 2014 release.Sonam Kapoor has also begun filming for Rhea Kapoor's next, a remake of the 1980 film Khubsoorat starring Rekha opposite Pakistani actor Fawad Afzal Khan.
In 2009, Kapoor participated in the International Indian Film Academy Awards, also known as "IIFA" charity fashion show.
In 2012, she asked for fans to donate to the Ogaan Cancer Foundation for her birthday. They also collaborated to create an awareness for breast cancer.
she walks the ramp for Manish Malhotra at the launch of Colgate visible white
Kapoor says she only endorses in the brands she believes in. she has endorsed brands such as Electrolux, Spice Mobile, Cera, Lux, Colgate Visible White, Signature and Mont Blanc. Sonam has also endorsed for an international skin care brand and a brand with her father, Anil Kapoor. she has also shot for a diamond jewellery print ad and commercial, which is a sub-brand of Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council. she is also currently the face of an international cosmetic and beauty brand L'Oreal. According to reports, Kapoor's fee for endorsements is 30 million (US$480,000), thus making her one of the highest paid celebrities for endorsements in India.
Ranbir Kapoor was also heavily hyped due to the stated reason. she is known for having a "outspoken" and "bold" personality, as perceived from various media interactions, how Sonam presents herself in public and her choice of films. Since the release of Aisha (2010), she has been widely recognised as a "fashionista", due to her unique sense of style. Therefore, Sonam regularly features on fashion magazine covers based in India, such as Stardust and Filmfare. she was also widely appreciated by Simi Garewal for being a fashionista and for her performances in her films. she has also featured on the covers of many Indian editions to international magazines such as Vogue, FHM, Maxim, GQ, NOTCH, Grazia, Verve, Elle and Femina. she also tops in best-dressed lists, and constantly attracts media attention for what Sonam wears at events and film promotions. In January 2012, fashion designer and model Victoria Beckham posted a picture of she wearing a dress designed by her on micro-blogging site Twitter, saying, "Beautiful actress @sonamakapoor wearing #victoriabeckham", to which she replied back by saying "Your dress makes me beautiful! Thank you! @victoriabeckham". A marketing manager of one of the brands Kapoor endorses also praised her sense of style saying, "Sonam comes across as an honest person and is highly fashionable".
Kapoor prefers to keep her personal life away from media attention. There have been numerous reports regarding her dating life, however, Kapoorhas never confirmed these.
It was reported that Sonam 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.
she has also stated that her closest friends in the industry are actors Kareena Kapoor, Asin Thottumkal, Jacqueline Fernandez, Imran Khan and Dhanush, and fashion designer Shehla Khan.