Sonam Kapoor is an Indian actress and a former model. She is the daughter of Indian film actor Anil Kapoor. Kapoor garnered international recognition as a spokesperson for the French beauty brand L'Oréal and her 14-million following on Instagram.
Kapoor made her acting debut in 2007 in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Saawariya" opposite Ranbir Kapoor and subsequently featured in the offbeat drama "Delhi-6: (2009). She earned her first commercial success with the romantic comedy "I Hate Luv Storys" (2010), and followed with films such as "Aisha" and "Mausam" (2011). Whilst the former brought her acknowledgment as a fashionista and praise for her unique sense of style, the latter earned her critical appreciation for her performance.
Kapoor was born in the suburb of Chembur, Mumbai on 9 June 1985. She is the daughter of actor Anil Kapoor and ex-model Sunita Kapoor and the granddaughter of filmmaker Surinder Kapoor. The family moved to a house in the suburb of Juhu, where her parents still reside, when she was one month old.
She attended the Arya Vidya Mandir school in Juhu and then enrolled in the United World College of South East Asia, boarding school in Singapore, to do her International Baccalaureate. She studied theatre and arts in Singapore for 2 years. She also studied Political Science and Economics from University of East London. She speaks English, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and Marathi and is a well trained classical dancer.
In 2009, Kapoor appeared in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Delhi-6, opposite Abhishek Bachchan. The film flopped at the box office and received mixed critical reviews, but her performance was praised and she received recognition from within and outside the film industry. Critic Rajeev Masand commented, "Sonam Kapoor is the revelation in Delhi 6. She's a firecracker, instinctive and uninhibited in what isn't even a conventional female lead". Sonia Chopra, film criric from Rediff commented, "Sonam Kapoor is an earnest and effortless performer so she does make you like the character somewhat, despite the typical Delhi-girl recipe".
As well as endorsing brands such as Colgate, Electrolux, Lux, Mont Blanc, Oppo Mobile, Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A. and Signature, Kapoor is the Indian ambassador for international cosmetics manufacturer L'Oréal. She is hugely influential to her 14 million Instagram followers.