I blushed like a schoolgirl: Sonam
Sonam Kapoor’s first crush was Tom Cruise. The actor admits that she had a poster of him and the late Jude Phoenix on her bedroom wall.
“Of course, after Titanic (1996) my heart belonged to Leo (Leonardo DiCaprio) but I remeamber Tom and Brad Pitt in Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994).
Two hot hunky vampires, long before Robert Pattinson and Twilight came on the scene… It was the stuff of teenage wet dreams,” she sighs.
She met her idol at the Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol premiere last Sunday. In a slinky dress, Jimmy Choo sandals, emerald and ruby danglers and a python print clutch, Sonam sizzled on the red carpet, flanked by Tom and dad Anil Kapoor.
Modest, the 26-year-old style icon admits a lot of effort goes into making her look stunning.
“But Tom is naturally beautiful even at 50-something. The Goras (foreigners) are equally impressed with dad (Anil Kapoor) but being his daughter I can’t say that,” she laughs, revealing that she behaved like a Complete Idiot in front of the Hollywood star.
“He praised me a lot to dad. I blushed and giggled like a schoolgirl. I’ve never been good at handling compliments.”
An action-adventure junkie, she was clued in to the Mission Iimpossible series long before Anil was signed up. She confesses that she’d never imagined seeing him in a big-ticket Hollywood franchise.
“Sure, Tom is playing the lead while dad only has a cameo but an important one like Judi Dench’s in Shakespeare In Love (1998) that won her the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor,” she points out.
“With dad, nothing surprises me. He’s more energetic than me and has always been an over-achiever. After Slumdog Millionaire (2008), the west has taken to him in a big way and now he’s bought the remake rights to the TV series 24 to remake it in Hindi.”
Sonam’s own film, Players, is an official remake of The Italian Job (2003) and today, in an era of plagiarism, she’s glad Viacom 18 officially bought the rights to one of my favourite flicks starring every girl’s dream, Mark Wahlberg.
She says, “It’s about ethics and directors, Abbas-Mustan have taken the basic premise and Indianised it. Every twist has a new twist.”
When will we see Sonam in a Hollywood film, may be one starring Tom?
She admits that like every other Bollywood actor she’s getting offers too and doesn’t mind auditioning for roles. “I do it even here,” she reasons. “But while in India, it would take me a couple of hours to dash off to one, out there it would mean a four-six month break. I hope I can do that some day but not right away. Besides, luck and destiny have a big hand in shaping such turnarounds. I call it the kismet (fate) connection.”