Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, who has publically identified as a feminist on several occasions, has been facing a lot of flak for taking her husband surname. After tying the knot with long-time boyfriend Anand Ahuja, the actress was quick to change her name on Instagram from “Sonam Kapoor” to “Sonam Kapoor Ahuja”, and that change hasn’t gone down too well with other feminists online.
But true to her character, Sonam remains unfazed by their comments and says that it is her personal choice. “I have always said that I am a feminist, and I have the choice to change my surname to what I want. I choose to keep both (surnames),” the newly-wed says. “I decided to do it on social media because that’s my platform. It’s my personal choice, nobody put a gun to my head,” she adds.
She goes on to point out that people have failed to notice that her husband Anand Ahuja has also changed his name. “Anand changed his name too, he decided to add something to his name, but nobody wrote about that. His family didn’t ask me to (change my name). I decided to do it myself, just like he decided to do it himself,” the actress says.
However, what change Anand has made to his name is unclear as his social media profiles continue to say “Anand Ahuja”.
Meanwhile, Sonam attended the red carpet at the Cannes International Film Festival as a brand ambassador for L’Oreal Paris. Both her appearances so far — the first in a breath-taking fusion lehnga by Ralph and Russo and the second in a Vera Wang couture gown — have set temperatures soaring.
“I am just wearing things that I like to wear. I don’t think about what people think of me and what they say. I just want to be myself; that’s what young girls identify with,” Sonam says. The actress who got married in a traditional Sikh ceremony on May 8 says that her life hasn’t changed much after marriage. “It’s the same; there is no difference. Your life doesn’t change that much. Women need to stop thinking that way. Work is also going to stay the same, hopefully,” she says.
Addressing reports of her moving to London post-marriage, she says, “I am already living there half the time. In the last two years, nobody has noticed that I am almost always in London. I am there for five months of the year and in Mumbai the rest of the time. My life has not changed, and what has been happening for the last few years will continue to happen.”
After her return from Cannes, Sonam will be involved in the promotion of her upcoming film, Veere Di Wedding.