Priyanka Chopra with Sonam Kapoor. (Press Trust of India)
Sonam Kapoor says it is important to stand up for a cause even if it results in protests. (#Bollywood, #SonamKapoor, #Neerja, #Neerjathefilm, #PremRatanDhanPayo)
Sonam, 30, said sometimes it is scary to support the right side as things might get out of hand.
“Going on Twitter, standing up for the right side, it’s scary because then you have a lot of people being negative, the media might not take it the right way, you might have ‘morchas’ outside your house, you don’t know. But you still need to stand up for it,” Sonam told reporters at Filmfare Glamour and Style Awards cover launch.
The “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo” actress believes being diplomatic encourages the person to continue with wrong doings.
“Being diplomatic and not taking sides is so wrong.
Because at the end of the day you are actually encouraging the person who is not doing the right thing. So by not taking a stand, according to me, is also not a right thing to do anymore in this day and age.”
In her upcoming film, “Neerja,” Sonam will be seen playing the role of senior flight attendant Neerja Bhanot, who lost her life saving 360 people on a Pan Am flight that was hijacked in Karachi in 1986.
Sonam said the film taught her to be courageous despite all odds.
“I was basically on shaky ground for a couple of years.
I’ve always been known as someone who has an opinion, who says the right thing and wants to do the right thing. A lot of people are not okay with it, so there is a lot of negativity because I am not compromising with it. I was like I am getting backlash for who I am anyway I might as well become this person.
“But then this film came at the right time. It taught me, that a girl who was only 23-year-old did this, she faced fear… When you are scared and still do the right thing, when you know there is something that’s not going to let right things happen to you and you still do it. She did it on another level, she lost her life doing it,” she said.
“Neerja” releases in February, next year.