'I Feel Blessed to Play Neerja'

Sonam Kapoor has two films – Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo and Neerja lined up. She speaks briefly about the films and her role

Published: 19th September 2015 06:20 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th September 2015 06:20 AM   |  A+A-


Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo opposite superstar Salman Khan is arguably the biggest film of your career. What are your expectations from it?

I just hope it does well honestly and people appreciate it. It’s a Sooraj Barjattya  film as well and he connects with the family audience a lot.

I have two films lined up, and I am nervous and a bit scared for both my films even though I know they are fantastic. I have worked really hard  and I just want people to enjoy them.

Salman Khan has played a range of roles from action to comedy and now he is back as Prem. What kinds of films do you like watching him in?

I like Salman in romantic films, and that’s why I am doing Prem Ratan Dhan Payo because I feel he is amazing with romance.


What the status of your other film, Neerja?

I have finished filming for it. I will talk in detail about it in November.


The film is a biopic on Neerja Bhanot. Does she inspire you?

The reason I chose to do this film is because I feel girls need to have a lot of courage. I know  I have lot of courage when I speak about certain things and when I have to stand up for myself. There were times when a number of people advised me not to speak up for what I believe was wrong or if somebody was treating me badly.

This film just reaffirms that; it’s about not bowing down. It also inspires a lot of national spirit; Neerja has won the Arjuna Award for bravery! She is the youngest to win it and the only female too, when not in war. It’s an inspiring story and I feel blessed to do this film.

Did you discover any aspect of yourself during this film?

I think it’s not only about me but every girl out there, especially Indian girls. We have a lot of strength within us and also lots of courage and compassion. When we need to stand up for something or fight for something, we also have the courage.


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