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No point in doing just entertaining cinema anymore: Sonam Kapoor 

Mumbai, Feb 10 (IANS) Actress Sonam Kapoor is riding high with her lauded performance in “Pad Man” . She says it is important for her to play roles that reflect the social conscience in these “difficult times”.

Excerpts from the interview:

Q. Congratulations,Sonam. After “Neerja”, “Pad Man” is another high point in your career. Girl, you are evolving fast. So much at such a young age…

A. Thank you. But I am not that young any more… I have only directors like Ram Madhvani (“Neerja”) and R.A Balki (“Pad Man”) to thank for this. I am a director’s actor. And I’ve never shied away taking on a role for its length. “Neerja” was all mine. But in “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, I was there for just a brief playing time.

Now “Pad Man” is definitely not all mine. But it’s important for me to be part of cinema that addresses important social issues. There is no point in just doing entertaining cinema any more. That, to me, would be very khokhla (hollow). There has to be a relevance to it beyond just having a good time at the movies.

Q. Why do you say that?

A. Because we are going through very difficult times. It’s a really difficult phase for us women. Those of us who have a platform and a voice, must use it to express what we believe in. “Pad Man” addresses itself to the question of menstruation. It’s a huge issue for a majority of woman in our country. It didn’t take me long to say yes to “Pad Man”. And I am so glad I did it.

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