From ‘Neerja’ to ‘Padman’ to her latest ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’, Sonam Kapoor has made some unconventional choices in her career and the actor says her aim is to support stories which have strong women representation.
While ‘Neerja’ was the story of slain flight attendant Neerja Bhanot, ‘Padman’ talked about menstrual hygiene and it was her character who helped the protagonist (Akshay Kumar) to make low-cost sanitary napkins. ‘Veere Di Weddin’g revolved around four contemporary Indian women and with ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’, she became the first A-list actor to have played a homosexual character.
“Women need to have more representation in this film industry. Women don’t have it. Last year, we have had ‘Veere Di Wedding’ and ‘Raazi’ doing well commercially. There should be more women representation in terms of lead, more thought and content for them.
“There are talented woman in the film industry here, who have also achieved stardom and it all should be used in the right way,” Sonam said.
She believes with content becoming the hero of the film, there is no “safe” or “unsafe” zone for actors.
She revealed the film will be released on a digital platform with an aim to expand the reach. The 33-year-old actor said the response to the movie on a broader level is a tiny step towards acceptance.
“It is too early to celebrate anything as there is a long way to go. We are constantly stereotyping people in the film industry and it is important to move away from that and making sure the labels are disabled.”
Sonam believes Indians are liberal and progressive people and cinema should be used in the right way to make the common man aware.
“We need to have some kind of representation of certain things through art, cinema. I want to be part of films like that. I want to be responsible in the choices I make, if you are not responsible you are not an artiste. Art is one way through which you can make people change the way they think,” she added. —Mid-Day