Sonam on Her New Favourite Akshay Kumar

September 7, 2010 (Sampurn Wire): They aren’t quite saying thank you. Sonam Kapoor had the unit of Thank You in Toronto on hold. They breathed a sigh of relief when she joined them on Sunday. The director Anees Bazmi being a family friend (he has worked closely with Sonam’s dad Anil Kapoor) Sonam asked for time to promote her film Aisha in India. This, Anees happily granted her even while the ever-accommodating Akshay Kumar grinned and bore it alone in Toronto doing solo shots and a solo song as everyone waited for Sonam to join the unit.

Sonam admits she was meant to be in Toronto all of last week. “They’re all waiting for me. Heroine ke liye wait kar rahen hain. Seriously, I’m dying to join them. Working with Aneesji is like being on a holiday. This is Anees’ first romantic film since Pyar To Hona Hi Tha. Thank You is about love. Anees has his ideas in place.”

Besides Akshay, Sonam loves the entire team of actors in Thank You. “I get along all with my co-stars because I don’t get involved with them. Bobby Deol is so shy. His cousin, Abhay, is just the opposite. Abhay and Bobby are complete opposites. Me and Bobby love clothes and shopping.”

She admits she isn’t in touch with her first co-star Ranbir Kapoor any longer. “We’ve both been working too hard. We aren’t that much in touch. I’d love to work with him again.”

The lissom Sonam is so grateful to have a tall co-star in Akshay Kumar. Sighing dramatically she says, “He’s one actor I can wear high heels with! It’s such a relief. When I was signed to do Mausam with Shahid Kapoor I remember I had gone to Pankaj Kapoor Sir’s office. Shahid measured my height. We were relieved when we were nearly the same height. In fact, he was slightly taller because of his hair. She’s excited about Mausam. “Pankaj Kapoorji is shooting it in such a different way.”

On the sets of Thank You Akshay is quite amused each time Sonam walks in with her all-girls’ entourage. “I travel with my four companions all the time. Akshay just grins each time he sees them. I’ve never met anyone as hard-working as Akshay. He’s ready before everyone else and rehearses each scene fifty times. And his comic timing is so hard to match.”

Luckily, Sonam had done comedy in Aisha before joining Akshay in Thank You. “My comedy in Aisha is very Lucille Ball, very Goldie Hawn. But in Thank You I needed to drop all my inhibitions. I remember me and my girls had seen Houseful and I asked one of my group, Tanya to go to Akshay on the sets and do that scene where Arjun Rampal points to his eyes to say he was watching Akshay. When Tanya did that gesture, Akshay spontaneously did it back. He’s such a sport and so cute. He has a great sense of humour and he knows so much on every topic.”

— Subhash K Jha / Sampurn Wire