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Hyperactivity, humour, tears on demand

"I'm like a tap," says Sonam Kapoor, about her histrionic ability to turn on laughter and tears instantly, at the thud of a clapboard. "I can cry and laugh really fast."

I don't doubt that, but this is as good an opportunity as any to put the hyperactive newcomer on the spot. Cry, I say. "Uh, right now? Like, right-right now? You're serious?" Sonam, smiling yet visibly confused, for one brief second, interprets the silence as solemn. Her lower lip quivers half an inch before I grin and she promptly breaks into hysterical laughter. Damn, how I wish we had video.

There is, shall we say, a lot of the aforementioned manic laughter in a conversation with this girl. Daughter to Anil and Sunita Kapoor, Sonam makes her motion picture debut in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Saawariya, barely a fortnight away. I'm sitting in her palatial drawing room in Mumbai's starry Juhu suburb, massive canvases across the walls, ornate sofa arrangements and coffee tables adorned with much bric-a-brac. The tall heroine walks in, yawning and grinning at the same time, apologises for being asleep and begs someone to get her coffee.

I should have known she didn't need any. As if dropped into a cauldron of Red Bull as a baby, this girl is breathlessly full of beans and immensely wired, to say the least. So yes, when she says the toughest part of acting in Saawariya was being still, you believe her. "And I had to be still a lot. And I'm usually in emotional havoc all the time."

Text: Raja Sen | Photographs: L'Officiel Magazine
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