Sonam Kapoor ( born 9 June 1985) is an Indian actress who appears in Bollywood films. Kapoor is one of the highest-paid actresses in the industry, and is ranked as a celebrity in India. She has been nominated for four Filmfare Awards.The daughter of actor Anil Kapoor, Kapoor studied theatre and arts at the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore. She became an assistant director to Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the 2005 film Black. Kapoor made her acting debut in Bhansali’s romantic drama Saawariya (2007), which earned her a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. She had her first commercial success three years later in the romantic comedy I Hate Luv Storys (2010).After a series of commercial failures, the financially successful Raanjhanaa (2013) marked a turning point in her career, earning her several Best Actress nominations. She then featured in the 2014 romantic comedy Khoobsurat and the 2015 comedy drama Dolly Ki Doli, for which she was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. Kapoor played a princess in the melodrama Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015)—one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time—and garnered critical acclaim for portraying the titular role in the biographical thriller Neerja (2016), one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films featuring a female protagonist.Kapoor supports various charities and causes, such as creating awareness on breast cancer. She is known in the media for her outspoken personality, and is a prominent celebrity endorser for brands and products.Kapoor was born in the Mumbai suburb of Chembur on 9 June 1985. Her father is actor and producer Anil Kapoor, the son of the late filmmaker Surinder Kapoor and the founder of the Anil Kapoor Films Company.Her mother, Sunita, is a former model and designer. She is the niece of film producer Boney Kapoor and actor Sanjay Kapoor; actress Sridevi (Boney’s wife) is her aunt. Kapoor’s paternal cousins are actors Arjun Kapoor and Mohit MarwahKapoor has two younger siblings: film producer Rhea and brother Harshvardan.The family moved to the suburb of Juhu when Kapoor was one month old.She was educated at the Arya Vidya Mandir school in Juhu, where she confessed to being a “naughty” and “carefree” child who would bully the boys. She excelled at sports such as rugby and basketball, and trained in Kathak, classical music and Latin dance.Kapoor, who practices Hinduism, states that she is “quite religious”, and that it is a way of “reminding myself that I need to be thankful for so much”.Kapoor’s first job was as a waitress at age 15, although it lasted only a week. As a teenager, she struggled with her weight: “I had every issue related to weight that I could have. I was unhealthy, I had bad skin, and I had hair growing on my face!” Kapoor was diagnosed with insulin resistance and polycystic ovarian disease, and has since begun an initiative to increase awareness of diabetes. Kapoor enrolled at the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore for her pre-university education, where she studied theatre and arts.She has said she later started courses in economics and political science through University of Mumbai correspondence.