Sonam Kapoor Ahuja recently raised a few eyebrows after changing her name on all her social media accounts post-marriage.
The actress updated her Twitter and Instagram account names to ‘Sonam K Ahuja’, adding her husband Anand Ahuja’s surname. She addressed the backlash in an interview with Indian Express, saying that “I have always said that I am a feminist. I have the choice to change my name to what I want to. Kapoor is also my father’s name. So it is a man’s name anyway. I chose to keep both. Anand has also changed his name but nobody wrote about that. I just decided to do it on social media because that’s my platform to say that I have made a choice. It is my personal choice. Nobody put a gun to my head. You should ask him (Anand). He has also changed his name and decided to add something as well.”, emphasizing, “I am a true feminist. I believe in my choice. My husband or his family have not asked me to do anything. I have decided to do it myself. I never asked my husband to do it. He did it himself.”
“The whole idea of feminism is to have equal opportunities and the choice to do what you want to do. So, whether I want to or do not want to change my name is my personal choice”, Ahuja added.
Ahuja has just returned from the Cannes Film Festival and will continue promoting ‘Veere Di Wedding’, releasing on 1st June.