Young Sonam Kapoor is a popular Bollywood actress and daughter of Anil Kapoor, one of the few heroes from Bollywood who sport moustaches. In the field now for close to thirty years, Anil Kapoor has starred in many films opposite the likes of Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi and has starred in many Hindi remakes of Tamil films starring Bhagyaraj and our own superstar Rajinikanth.
Anil has given complete freedom to his dear daughter who wanted to pursue a career in Bollywood a few years back. Sonam, whose brains match her beauty, has the habit of making her mind known on issues of social concern. Her latest regret is the way Hindi films have been depicting women (read actresses) for years together as mere ‘sex-inciting objects’ and not as inspiring or courageous women.
Bollywood films have a long history of going overboard in kissing and intimate sequences. It’s in this context that Sonam’s remarks assume significance. Sonam was in Cannes recently to take part in the annual film festival. Speaking to reports on the sidelines, Sonam has said “It’s indeed regrettable the manner in which women are depicted in Hindi films: they have been shown in a vulgar and obscene manner and as sex-toys who are fit for nothing.
“Skin-show is imposed in many films. I’m basically a feminist and get angred by such meaningless depicting of women. Seeing the prominence ‘bra’ gets in Hindi films and songs, at times I feel like burning my own bra,” says Sonam and adds that ‘item number’ songs have become an inseparable thing in films of late. “Even these songs are full of vulgarity. I’d never perform ‘item numbers’ in films; that’s for sure,” she concludes.