Birthday Special! ‘The 34-year-old me is more self-assured': Sonam K Ahuja in an EXCLUSIVE conversation

Sonam K Ahuja’s thoughts on turning another year older today

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Birthday Special! ‘The 34-year-old me is more self-assured': Sonam K Ahuja in an EXCLUSIVE conversation
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Just two days short of her birthday, Sonam K Ahuja found herself being trolled for her comment on the recent Aligarh murder case. But the fiesty actress, who’s known to speak her mind, believes trolls don’t deserve her attention or time. “Do they change what I believe in? No. Then why should I waste my energy dealing with them? Trolls are pests. If they were offering constructive criticism, I would take it up and educate myself. I will speak my mind no matter what and no one should tell me to shut up. They can have their opinion, I can have mine,” the Veere Di Wedding actress states defiantly. 

In control of her life

Moving on to happier things, Sonam, who turns 34 today, informs that birthdays at her house have always been a family affair. “It would start with mom and dad pampering us with our favourite treats, followed by a truckload of gifts and friends coming over to wish me. I am so thankful to the universe that there’s nothing much that’s changed for me. There is abundance of love coming my way, more each day, and I am just lapping it up,” she says. This year, her husband Anand and sister Rhea have planned something, so it will be another intimate family do. 

Ask her how different is the 34-year-old from say, the 28-year-old Sonam and she says, “Principally, not much but then we all grow up to be in better control of who we are. The 34-year-old me is more self-assured. She holds on to what she believes in and doesn’t take criticism to heart. She is headstrong, fierce, will debate with knowledge and cares a damn about anyone who doesn’t matter. At 28, I was far more vulnerable and wary of the world,” she replies.

The multi-tasker 

On the work front, Sonam had Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga in the beginning of the year, which was appreciated for being the first mainstream movie to showcase a lesbian relationship. Even though it was not a box-office success, the actress states that it is the most special movie she has ever been offered. “We live in a society that has negated the LGBTQ community from the mainstream narrative for so long. That film was made to establish that these voices are out in the open, the laws against the community have been banished and actors will do films about them. Till date, I don’t see Ek Ladki... as an off-beat venture. It was a sweet, emotional love story. Those who watched it had only one thing to say — the film is all heart. We won at that,” she adds. 

Not content doing just one thing — she is an actor, producer, invests in art and jewellery and owns a clothing line — Sonam believes that multitasking is necessary for an artiste. “I want to use my voice for more things that I take keen interest in. Rhea and I are discussing to start something new. I will also be producing a documentary this year about global warming and I am looking to back more environmental issues that are being sidelined,” she signs off.

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