There are reports in some section of the media that Sonam Kapoor has recently converted to vegetarianism.
But, Sonam says she has been a vegetarian for some time now. "It's not a new development. I stopped eating meat 4-5 years ago. What has happened now is that I've stopped taking milk and milk products. I am lacto-sensitive. A lot of people are lacto-sensitive. But they don't realize it."
Not that Sonam minds speaking out on social issues. "For me, art is related to what is happening in our society. I am very grateful for the platform I've been given. It's a responsibility. There are lots of young boys and girls who look up to me. If I keep quiet on an issue, I believe all those who believe in me they will feel let down. So yes, I am not afraid of expressing my opinion."
But Sonam is aware the platform to express herself comes with a responsibility. "And I take my responsibility very, very seriously. I will never speak on individuals. It will be issues that affect our country. I am so thoroughly Indian. I love my country, but that doesn't mean I'll lie about its weaknesses. I am not blinded by my love for my country. I am so glad I don't have yes-men around me. When they surround you with flattery, you stop growing. The same is true of India. We can't just keep praising everything falsely. We can't grow that way."