Sonam Kapoor hasn't recovered yet from the 'shock' she had watching Delhi 6 at its New York premiere at the Museum of Modern Art.
"I knew I had a few scenes in the film but they really stand out thanks to Rakyesh Mehra [director of Delhi 6]," she says.
The actress whose luminous performance and the ability to hold her own against the much experienced Abhishek Bachchan in the film consolidates her reputation as being one of the most versatile of the contemporary artists. She plays Bittu, a middle class woman, who finds her life suffocating and seeks a new future by entering the Indian Idol competition.
"What I saw on the screen was 500 times more than what the script indicated," she says of her character, and the film in general.
She is taking kudos from well-wishers and journalists on Monday, confessing that she is still flabbergasted by the events -- of being feted in New York, of being mobbed by eager fans, and of being told how much they admired her father's performance in the Oscar-bound Slumdog Millionaire.
She says that if Delhi-6 happens to be her only release following her debut in Saawariya over a year ago, it was a matter of choice.
"I was given many good scripts following Saawariya," she continues. "But I would like to do one film at a time. I give to each film so much of myself that I am afraid I cannot do justice to more than one film at a time -- at least for now." Her next will be an adaptation of one of her all-time favourites Jane Austen's Emma and it is being produced by her father, Anil Kapoor.
Text: Arthur J Pais | Photographs: Paresh Gandhi
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