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"I would love to be the next Juhi Chawla" - Sonam Kapoor... Contd.

Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh's on screen romance turned out to be an off screen marriage. Do you find yourself hooked up with Ranbir Kapoor in the near future?
As I said that I will only be talking about my work for the moment. Right now I am in love with someone and that someone is my work and my film Saawariya.

My favourite track from the film is 'Yoon Shabnami' and Ranbir's is 'Pari'. Which song is your favourite?
I like all the songs but I can short list them into 'Yoon Shabnami', 'Jab Se Tere Naina' and 'Thode Badmaash'. If I am in a festive mood then I will listen to 'Yoon Shabnami', if I am in a love-struck mood then I listen to 'Thode Badmaash'.

You never wanted to become an actress and on top of that, you were never trained. Then, how did you face the camera
Well, it's a good thing that I was never trained because everything I have done in Saawariya is from my heart and has nothing to do with training. But I was only trained for one year by Mr Bhansali and a few others. I've worked behind the camera as well and have seen how actors and actresses work. So it wasn't difficult. I also think that I might be having some qualities of my father in me. We'll wait and watch.

Which of your father's films would you prefer to watch again and again?
There are many but I would love to watch Mr India, Viraasat, Woh Saat Din and Tezaab in order of preference.

Any memorable experience while working with Ranbir Kapoor?
Ranbir is one of my best friends. I was so happy to know that we both were in the same film. I could be myself with him. Ranbir is very energetic and on the other hand very comfortable to work with and thus the comfort level gets translated onscreen which you will see.

You were born and brought up in a family associated with films. Did you ever attend parties with your family?
No. My dad never used to take me to parties and I never got a chance to interact with the current stars like Hrithik, Abhishek, Esha, Tusshar, etc as they are all much older than me except for Ranbir.

Is your mother happy with whatever you are doing?
Yes, if I am happy then she is happy. She is even happier if I am studying.

If you were to choose between acting and directing in your near future, which one would you go for?
Definitely acting. That's my passion now.

Does that mean you won't assist any director?
Right now, I am concentrating on my acting. I may become an assistant director on one or two films more, hopefully with Mr Sanjay Leela Bhansali or any other director.

Don't you think the competition of Saawariya and Om Shanti Om is becoming more like a thriller in our films?
I think all of this is media created. Gadar and Lagaan released on the same day. Lagaan went to the Oscars and Gadar went on to break all box office records. It depends on how you take it. There will always be talks about two big releases but it's an individual opinion as to which film will thrill more.

In the promos we see you wearing very traditional white and black outfits. Off screen, what are you most comfortable wearing?
I am a very moody person as far as my dressing is concerned and will wear anything what makes me feel good.

Any plans of coming to London for Saawariya's promotion?
Yeah! I really want to visit London. It depends on what our work schedule is, but hopefully we are coming there.

What is your take on director's making films specifically for the overseas audiences?
I don't know about any other director but Sanjay Leela Bhansali makes a universal film and Saawariya will appeal to one and all whether they are in India, London or the U.S.

We would like to end this interview with a special Diwali message.
A very very Happy Diwali to everybody. Go watch Saawariya, buy lots of new clothes, eat lots of sweets and be good to your family and friends. And burst less fire-crackers as they are not good.

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