Blast from the past
STARDUST INDIA|March 2021
This self-styled Madonna is in no virgin territory. Over-exposed literally and figuratively, Sonam floated into the industry on a wave of controversy and the fifteen-year-old siren hasn’t stopped making gossip ever since. In our Court Martial, Sonam reveals that she is more than just a Barbie doll!
Omar Qureshi

Yash Chopra who once couldn’t stop raving about you, now can’t resist passing snide remarks every time your name is mentioned. It’s common knowledge that he’s extremely upset with the way you’ve not been able to give your best to ‘Vijay’ only because you are signing films left, right and centre. Now don’t you feel guilty for using your god-father as a stepping stone and then conveniently kicking him aside?

I don’t think that Yashji is upset with me at all. If he was, he would have come and told me himself. He is a very frank and outspoken person. He fights his own battles. In any case he never did stop me from signing more and more films. His only condition was that ‘Vijay’ should be my first release. Otherwise he has no restrictions on me at all. Maybe he said what he did, in a jovial mood. He is a great kidder with a terrific sense of humour. Yashji, is one who loves progress in everybody and he wouldn’t ever hinder anybody’s progress. In fact, whenever I sign a new film he is only too happy and gladly blesses me each time.

You seem to have rubbed a lot of big stars the wrong way. For you cannot deny that both Rajesh Khanna and Feroz Khan haven’t forgiven you for having taken them for a massive ride by promising to do their films and then happily ditching them for Yash Chopra. No wonder they’ve sworn never to sign you again.

I admit I was supposed to be launched by Rajesh Khanna, but nothing was finalized. But by the time talk of the film getting started was going on. I was offered a role by Yash Chopra. And I thought that a bird in hand is definitely better than three or four running around in the bush. So I signed ‘Vijay’. Maybe because of that there was some misunderstanding between Rajeshji and me. I have heard that he is not the forgiving kind, but on the sets of ‘Vijay’ he behaves perfectly normal with me. As for Feroz Khan, as far as I am concerned I am still in ‘Yaalgaar’. I know there have been reports saying that I have been replaced by Madhuri Dixit, but I don’t know how far they are true. According to me I am still in the film because I haven’t got any news from Feroz Khan’s office informing me that I am out. At least when you throw a person out of a film it is the duty of the producer to inform the star.

Why should I go and ask whether I am still in the film or not? As far as I am concerned, I am still there because the role and everything was narrated to me. Only if I am personally told that I am out will I believe it.

You claim to be a mere fifteen-year-old but you surely don’t look it at all. Rumour has it that you took a lot of growth inducing hormone injections and pills only to increase your vital statistics. Is that why you wear revealing clothes all the time to show off your well-endowed assets?

Whether anyone believes it or not, I am only fifteen years old. While others try to hide their age by knocking off four or five years from it, I have to add two or three years to my age and tell people that I am much older. Otherwise I wouldn’t even be allowed in an ‘adults only’ film. All my physical growth is natural and I am not even aware of the fact that such hormone injections and pills are available. Will someone please tell me where to get them? I don’t think that such things are available in the first place. Because for every existing chemical, there has to be an antidote or something to reverse it. In that case why don’t people have special injections to make them young and healthy when they are old and ill? I am sorry to disappoint everyone, but I am not used to taking any such injections. Maybe there are people who do, that are why they expect others also to follow suit. Why not ask them because they are the real culprits?

Your manly voice is the standing joke of the industry. For according to certain directors it’s difficult to differentiate between the hero’s voice and yours. How do you react to the fact that your disgruntled producers have got your voice dubbed in all your films?

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