Biggest fear is not living up to my father’s name, says Sonam

Monday, Feb 15, 2016,15:14 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Being a star kid comes with its own advantages but actress Sonam Kapoor says it is a constant struggle to make her own mark while living up to the legacy of her father Anil Kapoor. Sonam stars in an upcoming biopic Neerja, the story of a young flight attendant, who was shot dead by terrorists while trying to save the lives of passengers on a hijacked flight.

The movie aims to inspire youth to be fearless and when asked what’s her biggest fear, Sonam said, I have a lot of fears but the biggest is not to live up to my father’s name. Everybody reminds me of this every day. I face this fear every day. People say, ‘Oh she is Anil Kapoor’s daughter. Is she?’ It is heartbreaking but at the same time it gives me strength because I love being my father’s daughter and I don’t want anyone to make me feel like it is a burden. He has worked very hard to give me everything that I want.

My father has always worked for the family. That’s my fear, she said. Sonam, 30, also recalled a conversation with actor Dhanush, her co-star in Raanjhanaa, about the same and that affected her deeply. One day I sat down with Dhanush, who is a very close friend of mine. I heard something and it stayed with me for a very long time. The saying was that ‘not much grows under a banyan tree,’ he said. ‘Raanjhanaa’ is a turning point in my life and after that, I try to shine bright to make my father proud and so that a shadow can grow under a banyan tree. Neerja, also starring Shabana Azmi, is directed by Ram Madhavani. It will release this Friday, February 19.