National award-winning actress and fashionista Sonam Kapoor, who recently marked her international runway debut in an embellished ivory gown for Ralph and Russo, turned a bride in white for designer duo Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla amid rumours of her tying the knot with alleged beau Anand Ahuja recently.
Looking like a vision in white, Sonam happily talks about her favourite rituals and ceremonies in a typical Indian wedding. Sonam says, “The best part has to be the coming together of friends and families under one roof to celebrate. I also love how couples write passages or vows for one another and read them out… I think it’s really meaningful and beautiful. Besides that, I love everything about shringar and mehandi, along with all the games that one plays during different ceremonies.”
Sonam has always credited her parents Anil and Sunita Kapoor for inculcating an attitude of gratitude in her siblings and herself along with providing them the freedom of choice to follow what they want and believe in. She had once pointed out in a television interview that while she believes in God, faith and destiny, her sister Rhea is atheist and her brother Harshvardhan an agnostic, even though they have been brought up together under one roof.
“Yes, they are really cool and always in sync with one another,” says Sonam about her parents, adding, “They let us choose our own paths. They are, in fact, my role models for a picture perfect marriage. I have always modelled them as an ideal couple and learnt from them that best friends make the best couples. More than that, I also have learnt that wedding is not as important as a successful marriage.”
Indian brides generally opt for attires in the shades of red or pink, while Sonam was wearing a white lehenga with pearls, Swarovski crystals and chinkari work. When asked if she finds white a little off-beat or maybe controversial, she laughs, “I think white is a great colour, it’s always fantastic. I love all sorts of colours but white represents purity, so I like it even more. And as for controversies, I don’t know if this is controversial, but right now I think anything can be controversial especially in India.”
Ask her about her definition of a quintessential bride and she quickly responds, “A happy bride is the best bride. I think someone who’s happy and excited to start her new life is always a quintessential bride.”
From Delhi-6, I Hate Luv Storys, Aisha to Khoobsurat and Neerja, the National award-winning actress has completed 10 years in the industry. Kick-starting her career in 2007 with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya, Sonam has come a long way. She recalls, “My whole journey has been aimed at becoming a better artiste. And I hope that I sustain another 10 years in the industry fine-tuning my craft and getting better at it.”
Lastly, the self-confessed bookworm shares about her current favourites, “The last book I read was The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks. It’s a bestselling collection of clinical tales from the far borderlands of neurological and human experience. Other than that, I have two more books that I picked up but am yet to start on them.”...