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From standing up for the LGBTQI+ community to a refusal to take on stereotypical Indian roles in Hollywood movies, the Bollywood megastar is a force for good. ‘When you are in a place of privilege, you need to say something,’ she tells Leonie Cooper

It’s very early on a chilly morning at Laylow, the Notting Hill members’ club situated a stone’s throw from the west London home of Bollywood superstar Sonam Kapoor. In any other year this plush Bella Freud-designed space would still radiate from the mess and magic of the previous evening’s entertainment, but this winter the glamorous parties are, of course, off. Instead, the shuttered venue has been transformed into a Covid-friendly set for our cover star to step into some Dior.

Kapoor is currently readying herself for her next movie — a remake of the 2011 Korean film Blind — that starts shooting in Glasgow at the end of this month. But first, there’s the small matter of Christmas. ‘On Friday my tree is coming,’ she beams. ‘Even though I’m Indian and Hindu, we celebrate Christmas in a big way.’ Usually there would be huge family celebrations — her dad’s birthday is also on Christmas Eve — but this year will be much more pared down. She won’t be seeing her parents at all, but after the requisite two weeks quarantine her younger sister is arriving from Mumbai to be part of a small stay-at-home Christmas bubble.

“I don’t want to be the exotic Indian girl in a movie.
I’m not going to be the woman in leather pants”

Burberry shirt, £950; skirt, £820; belt, £590; pumps, £550

"When you’re born with a lot, instead of building higher walls, you should build longer tables"

FENDI dress, £2,590; bag, £3,100

"When you are in a place of privilege, you need to say something"

Dior jacket, £3,200; shirt, £880; skirt, £1,200; corset belt, £1,750; earrings, £1,300; necklace, £1,585; bracelet, £859

Photographs by Daniel Benson
Styled by Martha Ward