Shining Sonam Kapoor At Cannes

Shining Sonam Kapoor At Cannes

While Anand mentioned how he is motivated and inspired by Sonam and her team, Sonam shared that she has been missing her hubby dead. She has never backed away from voicing her opinions on the matter, despite having to be under constant scrutiny as a celebrity.

Bollywood megastar and all-round fashionista Sonam Kapoor married businessman Anand Ahuja last week in Mumbai (see 26 photos from the reception here).

Meanwhile, Sonam attended the red carpet at the Cannes International Film Festival as a brand ambassador for L'Oreal Paris. From the very beginning of her career, she has always tried to break such stereotype and hope she will continue to do so, no matter what.

But she wasn't spared by trolls for changing her name after marriage. She is also a part of Ranbir Kapoor starrer Sanjay Dutt biopic titled Sanju.

Sonam says sticking to the surname of the family is also patriarchy as it is a man's name. I am a part of that family too, so I chose to keep both the names. It was my personal choice. Nobody put a gun to my head. "And how do you know Anand has not changed his name?"

Anand has also updated his name on Instagram, adding an "S" before Ahuja. As soon as the wedding ceremony was done, Sonam changed her name on social networking site Instagram.

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Talking about feminism, the Padman actress said, "I am a true feminist". I believe in my choice. "People are still asking me these questions, which is sad". It took me a long time to decide.

When asked about shifting to London post marriage, Sonam told Mid-Day, "I have been shuttling between Mumbai and London for the past two years. He did it himself".

Do you think Sonam Kapoor changing her surname was a feminist choice? She adds that the decision to change or not change her name was exclusively her decision and no one else's. She said, "If you can give respect to your father, you can give that same respect to your husband. It is a cyclical thing", said Sonam. Their wedding was solemnised as per the Anand Karaj tradition in presence of family and close friends. "I love India, I love what it stands for I love that we have the most amount of languages, the most of religion, that we are a liberal country, that we a democracy".

Mahira undoubtedly didn't fail to make a statement at her debut Cannes endeavour. To start with, she should not have had to answer to such questioning at all.

So, Anand Ahuja is now Anand S Ahuja. My life won't change. This, in fact, misses the whole point of feminism.

Sonam Kapoor then continued how, as a feminist, one has to respect women's right to choice.

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