But Sonam springs a saucy surprise by saying the bikini was her idea. "It wasn't the producer Aditya Chopra or the director Nupur Asthana's idea that I wear a bikini. In fact, the director suggested a one-piece bathing costume. But I thought a bikini was fine. If you see the trailer there are two young people going for swim. It's perfectly natural for the girl to be in a bikini. It's not Halle Berry in a James Bond film or Bipasha Basu in Dhoom making a splash. The bikini blends naturally into the scene. And I am very happy to be wearing one. Having a female director around helped. But I wasn't really tense about wearing a bikini."
Sonam's father Anil Kapoor has apparently said that Sonam's bikini shot would get Bewakoofiyan a good opening. Sonam completely refutes any such statement from her father. "My father never said that. All that I said at a press meet was that my father feels the film would get a good opening. That statement found itself bonding with the bikini in the newspaper headlines. I've realized I have to be very careful in what I say. I speak my heart out. Such honesty is not appreciated in the film industry. Instead, it is twisted and distorted. A lot of what I say is lost in translation."
Bewakoofiyan helped Sonam to relax. "I needed to unwind, just have fun doing a role. Also, some of my films have taken longer to be completed than usual. This one took only 40 days to shoot. It wasn't a marathon race but more like a quick run. It was chicken soup for my soul. It was a very easy smooth slip-in-slip-out kind of shoot. I never realized when we started the shooting and when it ended."
The other factor that Sonam found relaxing in Bewakoofiyan was the rom-com format. "I have two heroine-centric films Khoobsurat and Dolly Ki Doli lined up. Before I went into these films where I had to shoulder the film's weight, I needed to do something where both the leads had equal responsibility to share. Bewakoofiyan was liberating."
The film's sensibility is very close to Sonam's personality. "Bewakoofiyan is a frothy American rom-com kind of film about urban kids. Since both Ayushmann and I are urban youngsters it was relatively easy for us to identify with the situations in the script."
Remind her that Ayushmann is from Chandigarh which is not that urbanized a background and Sonam protests, "Oh, you'll be surprised at how urban Chandigarh has become. I've shot there recently. Believe me, it is no longer a small town. And besides, Ayushmann has spent most of his life in Delhi. So his sensibilities are very urban. I had great fun shooting with him."