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I was molested when I was a child: Sonam Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor recounts her traumatic experience of being sexually assaulted as a child.

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Sonam Kapoor spoke about being molested.

In a startling revelation, Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor has said that she was molested as a child and the experience was traumatising. Actor Anil Kapoor’s daughter was speaking at a roundtable that included Bollywood leading female stars including Anushka Sharma, Vidya Balan, Radhika Apte and Alia Bhatt.

In conversation with Rajeev Masand during the round-table that included 2016’s strongest performers, Sonam Kapoor said, “I know I have been molested when I was younger. And it was very traumatising.” Sonam is known to be brutally honest and bold with her words.

Known to call a spade a spade, this revelation from the actor will give strength to other survivors to come out in the open. In fact, Vidya said after Sonam’s comment, “It is not her fault and that is the biggest thing a victim deals with.” Adding to it, Anushka recalls the moment of her childhood when her mother would ask her constantly if she was being touched inappropriately. She expressed at that point of time she would feel silly about her but now it does make sense to her. Radhika said, “I have started questioning morality.” In the end, we see Alia accepted that celebrities live in a bubble. “We really do live in a bubble. Our reality is not reality,” she said.

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(From Left to Right) Alia Bhatt, Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor, Vidya Balan and Radhika Apte at the Roundtable conversation with Rajeev Masand.

These five ladies have given the strongest performance in 2016. Sonam stunned everyone with her portrayal of Neerja Bhanot, a flight attendant who died while saving the lives of passengers on the ill-fated Pan Am flight. Alia Bhatt’s performance in Udta Punjab, Kapoor & Sons and Dear Zindagi got accolades while Radhika was appreciated for her gutsy performances in Parched, Phobia and Kabali.

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On the other hand, Anushka had two massive hits this year – Sultan and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil while Vidya had a recent release, Kahaani 2. Interestingly, Sonam, Alia and Radhika essayed characters this year who had to face harassment and sexual assault. Vidya’s Kahaani 2 also deals with child sexual assault.