“This is my first time in Australia and I’m excited to be here,” Kapoor said. “My Indian films do very well in Australia, so the festival director said come and see what kind of audiences watch your films. It’s all young girls and women.”
Kapoor will get to meet some of her fans at a Q&A screening of her latest film Khoobsurat at Hoyts Melbourne Central at 5pm on Sunday.
More than 45 Indian films will show shown during the festival, along with gala events and masterclasses with directors, producers and actors.
Kapoor’s father Anil Kapoor, best-known as the quiz master in Slumdog Millionaire, is also here and will be at Fed Sq.
Sonam Kapoor may have grown up around Bollywood royalty, but she said her favourite actor was our very own Cate Blanchett.
“Her work is incredible. She’s a very honest performer,” she said. “There’s never a point in a scene where she is taking away from her co-stars, but at the same time she stands out.
“That’s someone who’s very sure of who she is. She’s only ever trying to be the character. She’s not trying to be a movie star. She just happens to be outstandingly beautiful and illuminous on screen as well.”
And when it comes to Bollywood versus Hollywood, Kapoor seems content with where she’s at for now. “You always aspire to get a wider audience, that’s why you’re an artist, for people to see your work and get something from it,” she said.
“I think you want that but, at the same time, back home I get films and scripts that are more meaty. I’m not the exotic Indian girl. But I think that’s changing now internationally.”
While in Melbourne Kapoor plans to visit some recommended restaurants and bars — “apparently the arts and music scene is amazing here” — as well as do a photo shoot for DB India.