Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor who hails from a filmy background, does not want to take piggy-back ride on her father Anil Kapoor's shoulders. She wants to create her own identity without any help.
"I feel there's very little that can grow under a banyan tree. So, I have tried to create my own path and I have very successfully done it - whether it's through my fashion or movies I choose," said the 28-year-old in an interview.
Sonam made her debut as an actress in the film Saawariya (2007). Since then, she has acted in 11 films and has more coming. Sonam talks about her ego and how it doesn't let her take much help from her father. "Very thoughtfully I tried not to do much with my father. It's a very selfish decision, as I just wanted my own identity. So even when Aisha was produced, my sister (Rhea) produced it. It was her first film. I never asked my father to do this for me. I think I have a man's ego in a lot of ways," she explained.
The actress is very concerned about her father's work and doesn't want to disappoint him. "And also, I don't want to take away his hard work. If I don't do well and he has put in his money or name on me, then 40 years of his hard work goes down the drain because his daughter is a disappointment. So, I would rather fall down on my own and I don't want to take my dad with me," she added.
Sonam Kapoor has had quite a few flop movies in her list, but she says she was too young to understand a few things in the past. "I realised that because of my glamorous image and being a fashion icon, I don't need to do films to add star value to myself. I was too young to understand that back then, but I am old enough and now understand that because of my image I can get away with doing more real films. But that doesn't mean I am only doing Raanjhanaa or Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, in which I am playing a quintessential rooted Indian girl".
The actress has a movie coming up under the banner of Yash Raj Films. "There is this film with Yash Raj, in which I am playing a modern girl from Gurgaon. She is a banker. So, I really want to pick characters like young girls, cool, not-so-cool girls -- as long as they are real girls," she added.