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Neerja: Sonam Kapoor proud to be the first and only choice for the Ram Madhvani film

Vineeta Kumar | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:37 IST

While promoting her upcoming film Neerja in Mumbai, Sonam Kapoor told Catch that she's very glad to be the director's first and only choice to portray Neerja Bhanot film. The actor is also proud that she has managed to work with accomplished filmmakers in the industry so far, and got to learn a lot from them.

"I was very grateful to Ram and I am very humbled with the fact that I was Ram Madhvani's first and only choice for this film. I was the first choice for Aanand L Rai in Raanjhannaa and Sooraj Barjatya in Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.

I feel lucky when a director like Ram Madhvani believes in you so much, you too begin to feel the same about yourself. It is a huge blessing because a lot of times, you stop believing in yourself," said Sonam.

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The actor, who was last seen opposite Salman Khan in Prem Ratan Dhan Payo also revealed that she is a very sensitive person at heart, and people often take advantage of that. She says:

"There has been a lot of damage to my confidence over the years because of what is being written about me or the way I have been treated in the film industry. Rakesh Mehra, Aanand L Rai, Shashank Ghosh, Sooraj Barjatya and now Ram Madhavni -- all have really believed in me and said that 'We don't care what anybody says, we know what you are' and the same has built a lot of confidence in me.

A lot of people play many games in this industry and I don't know how to do that. I am a very sensitive person and I start believing in the negative things said about me. A director's trust in me is the best thing that can happen to me."

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Also featuring Shaban Azmi and Shekhar Ravijani, Neerja is releasing on 19 February.

First published: 9 February 2016, 5:59 IST
Vineeta Kumar @VineetaKumar_09

Vineeta brings Bollywood fun and intricate showbiz details to Catch/Speed News. She has worked with IndiaTV, Zee News, and is here to provide Catch readers with the best of 'quality entertainment'. A Delhi girl, Vineeta pursued BMMMC from I P College for Women, Delhi University, and craves to know more all the time. When she is not indulging in a serious cinematic discussion over a film she just watched, Vineeta is either reading a fantasy book or polishing her artistic skills.