"I like everything about stardom. I don't mind being in the public eye. If anyone tells you that they want to be a film actor but they don't want to be a star, that means they are lying. I love acting and love the fact the people like both my work and me. I am not pretentious enough to say that I cannot stand the attention," Sonam told IANS in an interview.
The 27-year-old, who was seen in Aisha and I hate Luv Stories, will be next seen in Aanand L Rai's Raanjhnaa as well as Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and YRF's untitled film. Sonam will also be seen in the remake of 1980 film Khubsoorat that was directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and starred Rekha and Rakesh Roshan in the lead roles.
The fact that she gets to don so many different characters is something which attracted her to the industry.
"I love being in front of the camera and I love creating new things. Can you imagine a girl from Juhu playing a girl from Chandni Chowk or a girl from Banaras or a girl from Defence Colony. It is amazing to be able to play different people," said Sonam, who has also been the part of films like Delhi 6 and Players.
Having said that, she does believe her job to be a challenging one. "People are not as bad as people think they are in the industry. We work very hard with odd hours. It is not only emotional, but has physical and mental work as well," she said.
She is inspired by veterans like Rekha, Nutan and Waheeda Rehman. "I did meet Rekha and she was like 'it is amazing that you are doing the remake'. There are three or four heroines who I am obsessed with. They are Waheeda Rehman, Nutan, Rekha, Jaya Bachchan and Sridevi. I copy them all the time," she said.
The actress said she would love to be a part of Guide, Saraswatichandra and Umrao Jaan.
"I would love to remake Guide of Waheeda Ji, Saraswatichandra of Nutan, I am the part of Khubsoorat and I would love to do Umrao Jaan... the make up and thumris were just amazing. I have completely copied Waheeda Ji's performance in Guide in my film Raanjhnaa."
In Sonam's view, the trend of remakes is good. "I think every generation re-looks at a story. I don't think there is anything wrong with remakes," she said.