NEW DELHI: SONAM Kapoor might have a sleek figure herself, but the actor wishes to have a body like Deepika Padukone's. "Deepika has a great body and I wish I could have a body like her," Sonam told reporters here recently at DT Cinemas in DLF Promenade in Vasant Kunj, where she was with her I Hate Luv Storys co-star Imran Khan and director Punit Malhotra, to promote her new film.
Sonam also dispelled rumours of any supposed cold war between her and Deepika, after she was linked with Deepika's then boyfriend and actor Ranbir Kapoor during the shooting of Saawariya. "I don't know Deepika. Then how would I have a cold war with her?" she asked.
Sonam also denied that she refused to work with Deepika in Rahul Dholakia's Desi Boys, starring John Abraham and Akshay Kumar. "The role that Deepika is doing was offered to me before. I would have loved to do it but because I was busy with Mausam and Thank You I could not take it. It later went to Deepika and I am sure she will do a great job," she said.
Imran and Sonam were greeted with much fanfare at the mall. They joyfully interacted with their fans and they even shook a leg together at the title song of I Hate Luv Storys for the audiences.
The actor, who has had only two releases in her two-and-half-year-long career, says she is not perturbed about being left behind in the Bollywood rat race, but added that IHLS is an important film for her.
Her debut film Saawariya (2007) and Delhi-6 (2009) did not do well at the box office. "I can't be nervous. I believe in living life each day as it comes. My job as an actor is over after the shooting is complete," Sonam told PTI.
The actor says she is choosy in her personal life and doubly so when it comes to films. "I believe in quality and I want to pace myself in such a manner that I don't feel saturated," Sonam said. "I don't want to earn that much money anyway," she added.
Sonam added IHLS is a small budget film compared to Saawariya and Delhi-6. "I feel it is the budgets that fail not the films. Even though Saawariya broke even, the situation would have been different, if it was made at Rs. 15 crore less," she felt.
Sonam said that she knows the advantages of being a star daughter and has no qualms of being in her famous father's shadow. "I have got my father's experience behind me. I don't have to talk to people directly. They just go to my dad to discuss money and dates. He has too much respect and good reputation in the industry and I get work. But at the end of it, it is all destiny. Today's leading actors Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif are all outsiders," she explained.
Sonam does not see any chance of her sharing screen space with her father in the near future. "We have not found good roles for us to play father and daughter. Besides, he does not need to play dad on screen unless there is a very good role of a father. He is working with actresses of my age," she said.
Speaking about her characters on screen, the actress said she relates to all her characters and more so Simran in IHLS. "I understand the idealism and romance in her life," Sonam said. Bittu in Delhi 6 and Sakina in Saawariya are totally different. Simran thinks only about getting married," she said describing the characters she has played so far.
Sonam said her forthcoming film Aisha opposite Abhay Deol was meant for her. "It was too much of a coincidence as to how I signed the film. I am a Jane Austen fan and always wanted to play Emma as I felt it was a challenging role," she said.