Whether it’s making headlines for her comments on her fellow actors on Karan Johar’s Koffee With Karan couch or using her over 50 million followers-strong social media platforms to speak up against social issues that other celebrities choose to stay silent on, Sonam Kapoor has proven it time and again that there’s nobody like her. From off-beat movie choices to becoming a bonafide style icon, the actress has always stood out from the pack.
On her birthday, we decided to list down all the reasons why she constantly wins at being a celebrity…
For making off-beat film choices
Right from the start, Kapoor has opted for the road less travelled when it comes to movie roles. The actress made her debut with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya, an unconventional love story that is not usually the norm for the debut vehicles for big star kids. She has, since then, carved a niche for herself in roles that seem tailormade for her, setting the precedent for female actors taking charge of the roles they want to play. Her performance as the titular Neerja Bhanot in the 2016 biopic, based on the life of the brave air hostess who managed to save lives during a hostage situation, earned her a National Award. Kapoor has also never shied away from doing small, yet memorable, roles in movies, like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Sanju.
For never been afraid to speak up when it counts
Bollywood celebrities have been known to stay mum on several political issues, mostly in fear of angering the far-right ruling party. Kapoor has been one of the few Bollywood celebrities who have never been afraid to speak up and put their might behind relevant social issues. Whether it’s violence against students during the CAA-NRC protests, the #MeToo movement, or regressive comments by prominent political figures, Kapoor has always been one of the first few big celebrities to speak up, and that’s saying a lot in the present political climate.
For championing sustainable and homegrown fashion brands
The fact that Sonam Kapoor is one of the most stylish celebrities out there is not news. The actress has made a permanent spot for herself in best-dressed lists across the board with her fashion choices. The actress uses her unofficial platform as one of the premier style icons of the country to champion upcoming designers and homegrown labels during her public appearances. While there’s no dearth of fresh-off-the-runway designer finery in her closet, the actress is often seen wearing homegrown and sustainable labels, like Jebsispar, Anavila, and Pero.
For being real about body image issues
Kapoor brought about a mini-revolution when she wrote an open letter addressing the enormous privilege her being a celebrity affords her when it comes to looking flawless in public. The actress has always been open about the long and expensive process that happens to make her look red carpet or big screen-ready. The actress has been a big champion of the body positivity movement and continues to be one of the most real celebrities out there.
For being a trailblazer
Whether it’s starting the trend of professionally shot OOTDs (with due credits given to her team) or breaking the mold of red carpet dressing in Bollywood, the actress is a clear trendsetter. She was also one of the first celebrities in the country to have her own social media app, complete with emojis à la Kim Kardashian, and star in movies being produced by her own production company.
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