"People have forgotten that I am an actress, they don't take me seriously. First it was my dressing sense then my opinionated nature, both have overshadowed my identity of a performer. I can't change both the things, they are part of me," Sonam told PTI.
The actress, known for grabbing headlines for her candid nature, says she is proud that unlike other actors, she does not shy away from making her opinions public.
"I will always speak my mind, in fact, I feel many in our industry don't say what they want to, which is sad. But I can't be like them," said the actress, who feels she is underrated in the industry. "All the directors of mine say I am underrated in the industry. I don't know what to do about it, I guess I have not restricted myself to a particular image on screen, I have always done different roles. A single image stays with people but I can't do that," she said.
Sonam started her Bollywood career with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Saawariya' (2008), where she played the role of a shy Muslim girl, then portrayed an aspiring singer in Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra's 'Delhi-6' (2009).
She got critical acclaim for her role in 'Raanjhanaa' and Indian athlete Milka Singh's lover in his biopic 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' in 2013.
Sonam is excited for her upcoming home production 'Khoobsurat', a remake of Hrishikesh Mukherjee's 1980 comedy of the same name, which starred Rekha in the lead.
"I love the original film and have watched it a lot of times but when we planned to make the film, I decided not to watch it so that I can keep the character fresh. Our film is a classic romantic-comedy," she said.