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Nobody told me to change my name after marriage, I did it myself: Sonam Kapoor
Nobody told me to change my name after marriage, I did it myself: Sonam Kapoor

Nobody told me to change my name after marriage, I did it myself: Sonam Kapoor

The true idea of feminism is having a choice and equal opportunity, says newly wed actress Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, who chose to add her husband Anand Ahuja’s surname and was at the receiving end of comments and criticism.

Sonam, who dazzled on the red carpet of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, spoke to select media in a video chat from the gala, where she represented cosmetic brand L’Oreal Paris.

PHOTO: INSTAGRAM

PHOTO: INSTAGRAM

“I am a true feminist and I believe in choice. Nobody told me to change my name after marriage. I decided to do it by myself. The whole idea of feminism is to have equal opportunity and choice to do what I want to do. That choice should be mine,” Sonam said.

The starlet said that she always said she is a feminist and thus, has the choice to change or not change her name. “Kapoor is my family name, so is Ahuja. I am a part of that family too, so I chose to keep both the names. In fact, Anand has also changed his name and nobody noticed that. It is my personal choice,” added the daughter of veteran actor Anil Kapoor.
PHOTO: FILMFARE

PHOTO: FILMFARE

Sonam married longtime beau Anand on May 8. She immediately changed her name to Sonam Kapoor Ahuja on all her social media accounts after the marriage ceremony was over. “Taking your father’s name as the last name is a practice. That is how you show respect to your father. You can give the same respect to your husband using his name as the last name. It is the same thing. It is a cyclical thing,” said Sonam.

She continued, “One can break it and give their child a new surname but it takes a lot of effort. It is a complicated discussion, but at this point in time, this is my choice,” she said.

PHOTO: INSTAGRAM

PHOTO: INSTAGRAM

Her upcoming film Veere Di Wedding is all set to release on June 1. Asked if she would be working in films as enthusiastically as she did before marriage, Sonam said, “Well, people are asking me these questions, which is sad. I do not think it has really changed that much.

“I know it for a fact that Kajol, who also got married at the peak of her career worked. Actors like Dimple Kapadia, Waheeda Rehman also worked after marriage. In fact, Madhuri Dixit did a film like Devdasafter marriage,” said the actor.

PHOTO: INSTAGRAM

PHOTO: INSTAGRAM

“I think as women we should come together and understand that it should be always a choice. And that should not be taken away. I am also making sure that I am leading a normal life of coming back to work after marriage and doing what I do the best,” added the Khoobsurat star.

Rumours have surfaced regarding the actor moving to London with Anand. Clarifying that, Sonam said, “I already have a home in London. I have been there for the last two years, and nobody noticed. My life will be the same as it is for the last two years. I will stay there for four-five months and then mostly in Mumbai.”

PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/ANAND AHUJA

PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/ANAND AHUJA

Commenting on pay disparity in the film industry, Sonam stated, “There is a very misogynistic and patriarchal attitude towards women at the workplace globally, not only in India. Women in a powerful position are expected to be masculine or aggressive, otherwise she is not given the kind of respect… People expect her to be in a certain way.”

She added, “Even though she demands a certain amount of money or power, they certainly become undesirable. That mindset is what we need to fight. There should be women who should stand and say this is something that I want to change. Things will change.”

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Being the brand ambassador of the cosmetic brand L’Oreal, Sonam felt proud to represent her country at a global platform like Cannes as a woman of worth. “It has been amazing for me to be a part of the brand for the last eight years. They are great…the kind of campaigns that are happening at the red carpet with Time’s Up and #MeToo where women are standing for their equal right, it is great to represent the brand as a woman of worth,” said the actor.

On the film front, she is looking forward to shooting her new film The Zoya Factor.

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