‘Neerja’ actress, Sonam Kapoor, who has received immense love from fans all over, has given her reasons as to why she accepted the role in the film.
Talking to Hindustan Times, she said that for girls, it is difficult to be in their own skin. “You know, just like these coming-of-age films, I, too, had to understand what I wanted to do. I had to find myself, and I still haven۪t. I۪m a work in progress. For girls, especially, there are preconceived notions about how they need to do certain things at a certain time, and you have to conform in many ways. I feel it is very difficult for Indian girls to be happy in their own skin. I remember I had this beautiful encounter with Dhanush (actor) while we were shooting for Raanjhanaa (2013). I was very sad, and I told him that there۪s this saying, Nothing grows under a banyan tree. That۪s when Dhanush said, But if you shine bright, your shadow will grow on earth (sic). My dad is the banyan tree here. I have to be okay with having such an awesome dad, but I also have to work twice as hard.”
Sonam added, “That was my main reason for doing this film – because she was so ordinary, so beautiful. Every time people asked me why I was doing this, my only answer was that every ordinary person has the capability of being extraordinary, of becoming a hero. And that۪s the one thing that this film showcases. We are on earth to do more. Everything I do in life is to help me evolve. The reason I did this film was the story; the other was that I was appalled that I didn۪t know about this incident. I consider myself quite well-read. And I was like, why don۪t I know about it? The other thing was to work with the people involved in this project. There was a lot to learn from Ram.”