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Monday's Connector: Anil and Sonam Kapoor

July 23rd, 2010
03:08 PM ET

Anil Kapoor is one of India's most well-known Bollywood actors and he has carved a name for himself not only on the subcontinent, but also overseas in markets like the United States.

Anil and Sonam Kapoor are your Connector of the Day.

Anil and Sonam Kapoor are your Connector of the Day.

Most moviegoers in the west will recognize Anil for his role in the Academy award-winning film, "Slumdog Millionaire" in 2008. His performance in the film earned him a Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture.

But, long before his breakthrough role for western audiences in "Slumdog Millionaire," Anil was one of the biggest celebrities in India.

He first won acclaim for his role in the 1984 film "Mashaal" and three years later was part of another critical success in "Mr India."

Anil went on to appear in a number of highly lucrative films during the 1990s and was given several "Filmfare" awards during his career.

For Anil and his family though, it seems that the acting bug runs in the family.

Anil's daughter, Sonam is also one of the country's biggest Bollywood stars.

Born in 1985, Sonam has appeared in a number of blockbuster hits, including the smash hit "Delhi-6," opposite Abhishek Bachchan.

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  1. Aisha

    She is looking sweet with abhay deol. romantic comedy will give masakali a sucess. Aisha movie review.
    Nice Blog...

    July 23, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Reply
  2. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Anil, Sonam Kapoor and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Anil and Sonam Kapoor on the following questions:

    – What is your opinion on the way Pratibha Devisingh Patil, the President of the Republic of India, is handling HIV/AIDS Awareness in the Dark side of the Bollywood Business Entertainment Industry?

    – What is your opinion on the way Barack Hussein Obama and Pratibha Devisingh Patil are handling Pakistan?

    – What is your opinion on the way Pratibha Devisingh Patil, the President of the Republic of India, is handling the Heroin, Cocaine and Marihuana use in the Dark side of the Bollywood Business Entertainment Industry?

    I am awaiting Anil and Sonam Kapoor’s replies.

    Greetings,
    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    July 23, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Reply
  3. dr.arun

    hi ANIL SIR congrats 4 ur grand acheivments!

    I JUST WANT A REAL COMMITMENT FROM U TO PRODUCE A FILM THAT WILL PRESENT GREAT ANCIENT INDIA BEFORE WORLD?

    best wishes for u both!

    July 24, 2010 at 7:22 am | Reply
  4. harsh khanduri

    i love SK and and i ill love to be a part of dis... anyfin fr u sonam ....
    DO sonam live in Edinburgh (UK) ???

    July 24, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Reply
  5. Chandni

    Hello Anil Ji & Sonam 🙂

    – I would love to see both Anil Ji & Sonam working with Juhi Chawla. It would be great to have 3 of you onscreen together. Any plans of working with Juhi in the future?

    – Sonam, what are your favourite bollywood comedy/romantic movies?

    – Anil Ji, You have worked with many great actresses. Who is your favourite?

    Awaiting your reply,

    Lots of Love,

    Chandni

    Country: Australia

    July 24, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Reply
  6. harsh khanduri

    i like ur evry tweet on twitter .... i wait fr it evry nit long.... despertly

    July 24, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Reply
  7. Nahian

    Soonam luked owsome in dheli-6 nd i hate love story nd by seeing the promo of aisha she will also look great in this movie also. I am a very big fan of her is too cute and hot the best is her smile i am mainly love with her smile so nice.

    July 24, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Reply
  8. Taabish

    For Mr. Anil Kapoor :
    You are fantastic actor but just let us know as to what do you enjoy the most: Acting or Producing??How is your experience as a producer?

    For Sonam Kapoor:
    I am your huge fan sona and I really don't know what to ask.Almost aware of everything related to you.You are doing excellent with all your upcoming movies.Just move ahead as usual with your fixed set of rules and the day is not far when you will be on TOP.
    Just a simple query: Do you have any plans to play a role like that of a SuperWoman in near future and who is your fav superwoman??

    That is all from my side.Wishing both of you all the very best for Aisha, rest of the home productions and upcoming movies.More power to you always.

    Lots of Love
    Taabish

    July 24, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Reply
  9. Taabish

    **Sorry!!! just forgot to mention my place and hence re-writing it again.**

    For Mr. Anil Kapoor :
    You are fantastic actor but just let us know as to what do you enjoy the most: Acting or Producing??How is your experience as a producer?

    For Sonam Kapoor:
    I am your huge fan sona and I really don't know what to ask.Almost aware of everything related to you.You are doing excellent with all your upcoming movies.Just move ahead as usual with your fixed set of rules and the day is not far when you will be on TOP.
    Just a simple query: Do you have any plans to play a role like that of a SuperWoman in near future and who is your fav superwoman??

    That is all from my side.Wishing both of you all the very best for Aisha, rest of the home productions and upcoming movies.More power to you always.

    Lots of Love
    Taabish
    City: New Delhi
    State: Delhi
    Country: India

    July 24, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  10. harsh khanduri

    i have ur thousands of wallpaper and evryfing wt i can found on internet.....

    July 24, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Reply
  11. Bivas biswas

    Sonam is so ??

    July 24, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Reply
  12. Mina

    To Sonam: one special moment between you and your dad that you'll always remember? when do you plan to launch your fashion line?

    To Anil: the best quality of Sonam's? one moment when she made you really proud?

    -Mina from sonam-kapoor.net 😉

    July 25, 2010 at 12:23 am | Reply
  13. Sukh Minocha

    To Anil: You are a Great Actor, your effortless acting speaks volumes of your calibre. How do you rate Sonam yourself. I know it is tough for a father to be critical of his daughter but your 20/20 comments will be highly appreciated.
    To Sonam: Whom do you rate as the best actor in your eyes with one liner to support your views please.

    July 25, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Reply
  14. Sukh Minocha

    Sorry forgot to mention my place:

    To Anil: You are a Great Actor, your effortless acting speaks volumes of your calibre. How do you rate Sonam yourself. I know it is tough for a father to be critical of his daughter but your 20/20 comments will be highly appreciated.
    To Sonam: Whom do you rate as the best actor in your eyes with one liner to support your views please.

    Sukh Minocha
    New Zealand

    July 25, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Reply
  15. Benjamin

    Dear Sonam and Anil,
    Greatly enjoyed you, Anil, in Slumdog Millionaire, (did not like the "dog" part – degrading)
    Do you both think Indian Cinema will make more of the "not running around the bush" type movies? I have been enjoying the trickle of the other type of India that comes by occasionally.
    2) Any ideas how modern India – emerging as the biggest source of smart human resources, technologies, medical care and more, can lift the other millions that are not so fortunate in making ends meet?
    I will try to keep an eye open for Sonam's movie here.
    Best regards and keep up all the great work.
    Benji,
    Israel

    July 26, 2010 at 3:48 am | Reply
  16. Yaseen

    Dear. Anil and Sonam,

    Any plans for making moviei n KABUL ro Afghan ??

    god bless you

    Yaseen
    kabul

    July 26, 2010 at 4:42 am | Reply
  17. LOL

    You have one of the most beautiful smiles like I have ever seen! Let me know when you're down in London...I would love to take you out for a coffee!

    July 26, 2010 at 5:48 am | Reply
  18. Rajesh Bhardwaj

    Hello Anil and Sonam

    First of all, congratulations on your both of your success.
    Anil, you are a legend and an actor that has been one of my favourites since 'Woh Saat Din'. Keep up the good work. How do you prepare yourself for a role? Are there any techniques and methods you use before you get into character?

    Sonam, well done on your success. What have you learnt from your father in terms of acting and the world of Bollywood cinema?

    Rajesh from London, UK.

    July 26, 2010 at 6:32 am | Reply
  19. Satvik

    Hello Mr. Kapoor and Ms. Sonam.
    My name is Satvik. I am 15 years old and I live close to New York City. Have seen a few of your films and liked them a lot. I visit Delhi almost every year and am visiting Mumbai this time (tomorrow) to see the fascinating Bollywood. I am also very intrigued that inspite of so many complaints people have about the poor political process in India, why do celebrities in India choose to stay silent about the mis-governance and other maladies affecting our society? You guys are in a much better position to spread awareness and take proactive positive action to make a meaningful difference. What keeps you away from raising your voice?
    Wish you the best for your next ventures.

    July 26, 2010 at 6:37 am | Reply
  20. Giri Sripathy

    Dear Mr Kapoor,

    What can the bollywood film industry do to gain more acceptance, and acceptance amongst western audiences? It seems that bollywood seems to lack the marketing drive in the West, and thus deprives itself of a valuable audience. Why is this the case?

    July 26, 2010 at 7:35 am | Reply
  21. Giri Sripathy

    Dear Mr Kapoor,

    What can the bollywood film industry do to gain more acceptance, and acceptance amongst western audiences? It seems that bollywood seems to lack the marketing drive in the West, and thus deprives itself of a valuable audience. Why is this the case?

    Giri – New York City

    July 26, 2010 at 7:45 am | Reply
  22. SR

    just a question for those asking questions. Why are you all such dumb idol worshipers ?. Go get real lives !

    July 26, 2010 at 8:50 am | Reply
  23. intelligentmiss

    Soonam Kappor:

    Well, she is still a biginner, lets say , in the primary school, has a long way to go before she actually makes it as an actress.

    It is true that she has a preety face and a preety smile, but that is done. The firlm owrld of today need talent along with preety face.

    Her new movies shows definate signs of improvements, but they has a long way to go still....

    I wish her all the best.

    July 26, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Reply
  24. Keira

    Hello,

    I'd like to know, what can Hollywood learn from Bollywood & vice versa? Also, what is the biggest misconception about both?

    Thank you!

    Keira
    NY

    July 26, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  25. ranadhir

    sonam is lik a princess so if she got makeup lik a princess i think it will be fine

    July 27, 2010 at 4:05 am | Reply
  26. Sonali Chatterjee

    This question is diverted towards Mr Kapoor.

    A lot of celebrity parents have displayed reserations about their children stepping into the same industry. While Sonam was growing up, was this ever a concern for you?

    Thank you!

    Sonali
    Kolkata, India

    July 28, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  27. Kweku Afriyie Ghana

    What is the most important part of the acting and film industry to you?

    July 28, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Reply

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