You attending the Ghanta awards (Indias version of the Razzies that crowns the worst in films) last weekend has taken everyone by surprise. Do you find it easy to take criticism in your stride?
I normally can take criticism well and I generally look upon it as constructive and try and find ways and means to use it to the best of my advantage. I feel that people, especially those in the profession I am in, tend to take life too seriously. You must have a sense of humour. Over the years, I have learnt to laugh at myself. If you see the humour in a situation even if it is against you, people will laugh with you instead of laughing at you. If you allow just about anything and everything to stress you out, then you will be an emotional wreck.
My intention of attending the awards wasnt to surprise anyone or throw them off-guard. I went because I had heard that the stand-up comics who were going to perform there were going to be brilliant. I was just excited to be there.
Players, your first release this year, didnt do well. How much do box-office failures set you back?
Box-office results are always important. If your film does well, then that naturally works in your favour in terms of the films that you are offered after that. But otherwise, I dont worry too much about it because failures are part of life. I know that I put in my best as Naina and I really enjoyed working in Players. Thats good enough for me.
Five years in the business, how are you choosing your films?
I have actually done only about five or six films. I try and choose my films intelligently… films that the audience will like. Sometimes my gut feeling works, most often it doesnt, but I am quite satisfied with the way my career has shaped up. No regrets actually.
What are the films that you are working on currently?
Well, I will shortly start work on Bhaag Milkha Bhaag which is being directed by Rakeysh (Omprakash) Mehra. Farhan (Akhtar) plays Milkha Singh. Then I have just signed Raanjhana opposite Dhanush which is being directed by Aanand Rai. There is also my sister Rheas second production but I cant really reveal any details about that yet.
You have been a LOreal ambassador for the past three years. How has the journey been?
Its been incredible and amazing. Its such a privilege for me to be part of such a prestigious brand. LOreal is a brand that is not only associated with beautiful women but also those who have had fantastic careers. LOreal truly stands for the all-rounder woman.
The LOreal tagline Because I am worth it celebrates 40 years in 2012. What makes Sonam Kapoor worth it?
Well, I am someone who believes that every woman needs to feel amazing about being herself, no matter who she is or what she does. A lot of people I know… my friends ask me: Oh my god, how do you manage to be so glamorous and so dressed up all the time? And my answer always is: Come on, I dont do it for others. I do it for myself because I feel like I am worth taking that much effort for. As women, we should always have self-respect and self-love.
Does the pressure of having to look good all the time get to you sometimes?
Not at all! I love taking time out to take care of myself. Its part of being a woman… you have to revel in the fact that God has made you a woman. And to answer your question, its not that I am out in gowns and designer stuff all the time. I love my jeans and tee. But yes, you will never find me being scrubby or casual about my clothes and hair. I take that much effort all the time. I enjoy it.
What are the spring-summer trends you are looking to sport?
Lots of florals. Lots of summery colours… very vivid colours. I think mixing of prints… clashing of prints will be very big this season. Also, 60s-style knee-length dresses will be very big this season. Tea-length dresses (midi-length) in solid colours will be big. And one thing I have always believed in is that the more classic you are in your style, the better you look and feel.