Sonam Kapoor is largely viewed as a fashionista, jetsetting to Cannes and London at the drop of a hat. When not posing for Elle or Vouge, she is seen posing on Instagram with her now (made famous by her, but already wealthy) hubby. What is my point, the point I’m trying to make is that Sonam, underneath all that glam and makeup is carefulling cultivating a pro feminisim image for herself. And this is evident in her choice of roles of late. She started off in the usual boy meet girls rom coms – somewhere along the road, her films started to steer towards pro-female roles., more so since 2015. Her acting abilites and character development in the roles she potrays are somewhat of a ping pong match, some hit and some miss.. tuk tuk. I sincerly believe she does have what it takes, but needs a really good voice coach and perhaps a few days in Modijee’s Kedarnath-Barinath type isolation caves to improve focus and effort.
Here are my quick synopses of her work in the past 10 years:
Sawariya (2007) – Debut film, usual hogwash, she made a dent though and was noticed in a big way. Made a lot of waves for being AKs daughter to begin with, losing 30kgs in 1 yr, and looking really nice. As for mastering acting and voice modulation – there was enough time to get there.
Delhi 6 (2009) – Cannot recall anything memorable about her acting, but the song was a good melody. It was a well chosen role maybe, because it did have some meat on the bones. Not your typical hogwash. She potrays an ambitious girl, wanting an out of the only life shes ever known. The movie however is centered on junior bachaan’s coming of age – sort of. Although all one can now remember is the quiet brilliance of Madame Waheeda Rehman. Seriously they don’t make them like that no more.
I hate luv stories (2010) – let’s not even go there. Typical OTT rom com hogwash.
Aisha (2010) – boy if ever there was a film that embodied somebody so well.. Sonam probably did not need to make too much of an effort, she was Purrrfect for the role. Unfortunately, any costar of a film with Abhay Deol better be scared – there really is no contest as to who’s making the real impact, huuun.
Mausam (2011) – It may have been a memorable film, there was a story, but something went amiss – probably the acting.
Players (2012) – Typical Abbas Mastan film, heavy on masala heavy on budget heavy on multi star casting.. Total face palm on acting and delivery. This film borders dangerously to the poorest rating on acting that our lady long legs gets.
Bhaag Milkha Bhag (2013) – Not a bad performance, she tried to add some meat to an otherwise forgetable role of “ex lover” or the girl the hero doesnt get.. but inspires who he becomes ultimately.
Ranjhanna (2013) – What a total yawn of a story. Absolute yaaawn,, zero orignality. Sonam probably experimenting with South Ka Sitaara – to see if her sitarra would rise. Alas. Although full marks to her for sheer guts, Abhay Deol and Dhanush.. I mean who is going to remember whats her name in that movie then.
Khoobsurat (2014) – Here’s where it gets very interesting. A movie with so much sound of music wala potenial… but what bakwas acting madam. Makes you wonder what you were eating / drinking /smoking. Gosh. I haven’t seen this much lack of chemistry, or sincerity since the Kardashians. I really want my ticket money back on this one.
Bewakuifiya (2014) – As if to make up the lack of Chemistry in her other 2014 release, now here is the pair that looks convincing. Sonam, never have you gelled so well with anyone else before, nah not even your blue eyed debut (sur) namesake. I kind of suspect that the credit goes to Khurrana, whose ease of manner and ability to slip into character made it so convincing to really be “more than just friends”. Alas, misdirection and lack of clear direction resulted in this rocket to be a dud after all.
Dolly Ki Doli (2015) – It is Sonam’s film all right. Played with ease and panche. She did really fit the bill quiet well. With just some more really hard effort it would have been a stunning performace. For me there were a couple of low points in dialouge delivery and the undercurrent of “I’m not a policeman, I’m a princess” get a little serious girl, you can do it. Having said that there is a moment of sheer empowrement in the climax, where she gives a real just desserts to Pulkit Sharma’s character and DUMPS him as well. Nice one sister.
Neeraja (2016) – In all the Sonam movies over the years, this one is where you feel she really put her back into it. This is what the lady is capable of with a decent director, script and role. I wish she gets more of whatever this equation was, totally award worthy. don’t you think. She nabbed the critics award for best actress in Filmfare and a “special mention” at the national awards, whatever that means. I personally think she did deserve more and perhaps her reputation of being a pretty barbie got the better of her. Again, this kind of acting is what she is really capable of .
Veere Di Wedding (2018) – In your face girl power film, so much self propoganded publicity to that end. As roles and acting goes not bad, nice role infact, tis hazari court lawyer and all. But you were still Sonam doing what Sonam does best, go on vacy with pals, dress well, live like a rich priveleged person, in short be yourself. Am not getting into the pros and cons of the film story here – but career progression wise it was a depature from her early days of boy meets girls bs.
Sanju (2018) – Not speaking of the movie.. clearly RK-the thirds movie through and through. Sonam has a supporting cast, which she potrays with spunk and is indeed commendable. Even if it was a character writtent that way – I beleive that Sonam (or her agent) did a stellar job picking out that “Ruby” and adding shine to it. Like I said, lady got potenital.
Pad man (2018) – Now this was a feminist film every which way. Akki’s OTT madrasi meets teeth performance nothwithstanding. Sonam was subtle and powerful. Another stellar role pick – very pro woman empowerment theme, and she is finally able to hold her own in a cast hugely strong on delivery (Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte among other stalwars like Sudhir Pandey)
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha (2019) – Sonam really doesn’t shy away from working with quality actors like Rajkumar Rao whose acting is both sary and mesmerising at the same time. A departure from her recent experimental roles – this one goes slap dash back into the boy meets girl area. Unfortunately, for the viewer who hopes that all that experimentation can perhaps bring a more mature flair and convince you of the character she’s playing, FAT CHANCE. Sonam, is somewhere else – not fully involved, holds herself back just that much away from fully convincing us that she’s arrived.
The Zoya Factor (2019) – Awaited and hoping. Let’s see, shall we ?