Mumbai: Although she comes from a film family, Sonam Kapoor is determined to make her own identity without any help from her actor-filmmaker father Anil Kapoor as she feels that scope for growth under a banyan tree is bleak.
"I feel there`s very little that can grow under a banyan tree. So, I have tried to create my own path and I have very successfully done it - whether it`s through my fashion or movies I choose," said the 28-year-old in a group interview.
In her six years in the industry, with 11 films and hits like "Raanjhanaa" to her credit, Sonam has avoided taking a piggy-back ride on her dad`s strong shoulders.
"Very thoughtfully I tried not to do much with my father. It`s a very selfish decision, as I just wanted my own identity. So even when `Aisha` was produced, my sister (Rhea) produced it. It was her first film. I never asked my father to do this for me. I think I have a man`s ego in a lot of ways," she said.
"And also, I don`t want to take away his hard work. If I don`t do well and he has put in his money or name on me, then 40 years of his hard work goes down the drain because his daughter is a disappointment. So, I would rather fall down on my own and I don`t want to take my dad with me," she added.
From her 2006 debut film “Saawariya” to subsequent releases “Delhi-6”, "Players" and "Mausam" -- all were box office disappointments. She says she was too young to understand a few things in the past.
"I realised that because of my glamorous image and being a fashion icon, I don`t need to do films to add star value to myself. I was too young to understand that back then, but I am old enough and now understand that because of my image I can get away with doing more real films. But that doesn`t mean I am only doing `Raanjhanaa` or `Bhaag Milkha Bhaag`, in which I am playing a quintessential rooted Indian girl."
She was seen as a high society fashionista in "Aisha" and as an uptown girl in "I Hate Luv Storys", which didn`t garner enough success at the box office. Once again she will be seen as a modern girl in Yash Raj Films` project.
"There is this film with Yash Raj, in which I am playing a modern girl from Gurgaon. She is a banker. So, I really want to pick characters like young girls, cool, not-so-cool girls -- as long as they are real girls," she added.