Sonam Kapoor is probably stuck in a dilemma of sorts. On the one hand, the actress needed to show solidarity with director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who launched her in Saawariya, and with whom — unlike her Saawariya co-star Ranbir Kapoor — she has maintained a warm relationship over the years. On other hand, Sonam also needed to be unquestionably loyal to her own film Pad Man, which was directly hit by Bhansali’s Padmaavat, when the latter moved into the Republic Day release slot. Understandably, Sonam chose to side with her own film, distancing herself from Padmaavat, and, possibly, her mentor.
Says a source from Bhansali Productions, “Sonam did not attend the film’s special preview even after assuring Sanjay that she would come. She also endorsed Swara Bhaskar’s anti-Padmaavat letter even without watching the film.”
However, according to inside sources, there is more to the story. “This is more to do with Deepika Padukone being the lead in Padmaavat. Ever since Sonam and Deepika were launched on the same Friday in 2007 with Saawariya and Om Shanti Om respectively, they have been at loggerheads. With Sonam’s Pad Man ready to compete with Padmaavat for eyeballs, Sonam saw it as a chance to get even with Deepika,” says the source.