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Directors trust Sonam as an actress: Anil Kapoor


Panaji: Actress Sonam Kapoor’s movie resume may not have many hits, but it sure boasts of big filmmakers, and her father Anil Kapoor says the reason big names want to work with the actress is because they trust her.

Sonam, who made her debut with filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Saawariya”, has worked with directors like Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra in “Delhi-6” and “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, Aanand L Rai’s “Raanjhanaa” and Sooraj Barjatya in the recent “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo”.

Anil, 58, says his daughter has not done as much work as he did in his first eight years in Bollywood but the choices she has made in terms of films and directors have been excellent.

“So far she has made good choices. Sonam has hardly done enough films as compared to what I had done in eight years. But her choices have been big and good filmmakers . It shows how much people trust her as an actress,” Anil told PTI on the sidelines of IFFI.

“Be it Bhansali, Rakeysh, Barjatya or Ram Madhvani with whom she is working on Neerja Bhanot’s biopic, these directors will not cast her if they would not believe in her. They see a great future in her. Her acting abilities are such that they know she will be able to tell their stories. That’s the biggest compliment.”

Anil’s other daughter Rhea is a producer, who has made films like “Aisha” and “Khoobsurat”.

Her upcoming project is “Battle for Bittora”. Anil’s son Harshvardhan Kapoor will soon make his debut in Mehra’s “Mirziya” and the “Dil Dhadakne Do” star says he never thought all his children would join the film industry and is always anxious about their career.

“I feel happy but I am anxious always as a father. I have mixed emotions. I never really imagined that it is going to happen. You can’t really predict the future of your children, can’t predict the success. They come with their own destiny. I think my children have come with their own destiny. Now it is up to them.”

Anil says he never pressurises his children or interferes in their career because for him the most important thing is to know whether they are happy.

“Sonam is doing great. Rhea is doing great. My main concern is whether they are happy. And I know that they are very happy. So I think they are very successful. If they were very successful and not happy, I would not be happy about that.

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