Read on to find out what the actress has to say about Prem Ratan Dhan Payo's success..
Sonam Kapoor has been on a roll never since Raanjhanaa became a hit. She has played many quirky and different characters till now, but her role in Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is something she hasn't attempted before. She played a modern, yet traditional princess who doesn't mind to speak her mind. The film has emerged as one of the biggest hits of the year and her performance in the film has been lauded by many.
After the film's success at the box office, the fashionista spoke to us EXCLUSIVELY about how the film, its success, the praises she received and much more.
People have loved Prem Ratan Dhan Payo and it is doing well at the box office too. How do you feel about the success of the film?
I obviously feel great that the film is doing so well. I am very happy and I feel really blessed. This film proves that hard work does pay off and if you work with a good director, then the film will do well and people will appreciate you.
After you heard it crossed the 100 crore mark what was your reaction? And how do you plan to celebrate as it is your third 100 crore film?
Really? I didn't know that the film has crossed 100 crores. I don't understand numbers actually. Is it good, the way it is doing currently?
Yes, it's terrific for the film to earn 100 crores in three days.
Ohh. Ok. I haven't processed the information yet. I know that people have liked the film, you only do films so that people can watch it and appreciate it. Whether you are writing an article or making a film, you want people to like it and enjoy it. So I guess it is a good thing and I am happy. I am in fact more happy with the positive response, whether it is on my social media, whether it is the critics or anybody, I am just happy with the positivity. After Raanjhanaa, with every film, I am gaining more confidence. The last two years have been brilliant and they have been the best years of my life.
People have been praising your pairing with Salman Khan. How do you react to that?
(Laughs) I don't know, you should ask Salman about it, I guess. When you have a good director, he brings out the perfect chemistry between is actors. All credit goes to Sooraj ji. If the director writes the correct kind of romance, the chemistry shows.
You were a Princess in the film, but you showcased your Indian as well as Western side. You pulled off both the avatars with panache. So, what is your take on Indian outfits going hand in hand with glamour?
I think you can wear Indian outfits and be glamorous at the same time. See, when you are comfortable in whatever you wear then it doesn't matter. You could be wearing a short dress or anything, but when you are comfortable then you will be glamorous. When you are comfortable and not conscious and you are not wearing clothes for somebody else, then it automatically looks graceful and glamorous. It is how you wear it I think. For example, I am wearing trousers in the film, a short black dress too, but you will look graceful and pretty because of the way you wear it, how you look at yourself. If you look at yourself as someone who is wearing that outfit for themselves, then you will look glamorous and lovely. It doesn't matter if it is Indian or western or anything. You need to be comfortable in your skin.
What was the best compliment that you got after Prem Ratan Dhan Payo?
The best compliment that I received was that I did my played my part with a lot of conviction. I feel good when someone says that you have carried your role very well. Many people even said that no one else could have done this role and for me that is the best compliment. It validates Sooraj ji's faith in me and that is more important for me. It is not what I feel, but that the director is happy at the end of the day.
What was your father's reaction after seeing the film?
He loved it. He cried through the film. Many people cried in the film and it is coz they connected to the film in different ways. Sooraj ji makes films that connect with people on various levels and you have to be very emotional to like the film.
Some critics didn't like the film. What is your reaction when some people don't like the film?
I think it is always going to be 60:40 for all big films. Everyone is not going to like everything, but 60 per cent of the critics have loved it and 40 per cent haven't. It is usually the case for all big film, whether it is a Bajrangi Bhaijaan or a P.K. or a Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, even Tanu Weds Manu Returns. Some people like it, some people don't. If connects with you, it connects. If it doesn't then you cannot force it or anything. It's always a majority, right? Majority wins.
So if the majority of the critics have loved the film, then I am happy. I always look at the average ratings. For me it is important for the critics to like my film. I really respect their opinion. I always look at the majority and the majority have loved the film. The others are entitled to their opinion and sometimes some people don't like you as an actor, so they won't like anything you do. So I am okay with that. I do not expect anything but that and hopefully one day I'll be able to change their mind.
According to you what is more important - critical acclaim or box office figures?
Being honest with you, I think both are important. Khoobsurat did well at its level, every film has its own level and every film has to do well at its level. With Raanjhanaa, Khoobsurat, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, I guess they have done well at their own level. But, yes being critically appreciated is very important too.
I guess after PRDP, many actors and directors would want to work with you. But is there any actor or director that you want to work with?
I would want to work with directors who would want to work with me and who believe in me. I don't look at working with actors. I don't think that is how you should plan your career graph, like I am going to work with so and so actor. I would actually love to work with all the actors as everyone is amazing. But, I look forward to good scripts and directors because you need to have a great role also. If you don't have a good role, then no matter how big the film is, you won't get credit for it. If I am doing a big film with a big actor, then I need a substantial role or else it doesn't make sense.
Any plans to work with Salman Khan again?
I would love to work with him again. I had a great time working with him.
You have quite a few interesting films coming up next - the Neerja Bhanot biopic and Battle for Bittora. How are they shaping up?
Neerja is done and it will release in the first quarter next year, hopefully. It is a completely different film from Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, I never thought I would play such a character. It is for a completely different audience and I am very excited for the film.
Lastly, anything you would want to say about the attacks that have taken place across the world recently?
You cannot answer hate with hate, the only way to solve any problem is to love. As Indians, we learnt first from our fight for independence, that things can be solved through peace, love, discussion, communication and education. Going the Gandhian way is the best way to solve all the problems. Using violence is something I completely condemn. I think what happened was gross. As Indians, we are a good example of solving problems through peace, through communication and by holding talks.
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