Sonam Kapoor (born 9 June 1985) is an Indian actress who appears in Hindi cinema.The daughter of actor Anil, Kapoor began her career in film by assisting the director Sanjay Leela Bhansali on his 2005 drama film Black.
Kapoor made her acting debut in 2007 with Bhansali's romantic drama Saawariya opposite Ranbir Kapoor. Though unsuccessful at the box office, Kapoor's performance earned her a nomination for the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award. She then featured in the political drama Delhi-6 (2009), and had her first commercial success with the romantic comedy I Hate Luv Storys (2010). Kapoor garnered praise and earned several Best Actress nominations, including at Filmfare, for portraying a leading role in the romantic drama Raanjhanaa (2013). She also featured briefly in the highly successful biographical sports film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013), and played a leading role in the romantic comedy Khoobsurat (2014).
Alongside her career, Kapoor is a celebrity endorser for several brands and products. She is particularly known in the media for her outspoken personality, and is cited as one of the most fashionable Indian celebrities.
Kapoor was born in the suburb of Chembur, Mumbai on 9 June 1985, to actor Anil Kapoor and former model Sunita Kapoor. The family moved to their home in Juhu, where her parents still reside, when she was a month old. Kapoor is the eldest of three children; she has a sister, the producer Rhea, and a brother, the actor Harshvardhan.
Kapoor was schooled at the Arya Vidya Mandir school in Juhu, following which she enrolled at the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore for her pre-university education, where she studied theater and arts. As a teenager, she suffered from obesity: "I had every issue related to weight that I could have. I was unhealthy, I had bad skin, and I had hair growing on my face Kapoor's condition led to her being diagnosed with borderline diabetes and polycystic ovarian disease.
Saawariya, which released in 2007, tells the story of a tramp who falls in love with a woman awaiting the return of her lover. The film also marked the debut of actor Ranbir Kapoor; Rani Mukerji and Salman Khan appeared in supporting roles. The film was highly anticipated in India, but emerged as a box office flop. In his review, critic Taran Adarsh of the entertainment portal Bollywood Hungama called Kapoor an "average actor", and said that her "role doesn't give her the opportunity to display histrionics. She looks gorgeous at places, but plain ordinary at times." However, she was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for her performance in the film.