Throwback: Birthday girl Sonam Kapoor Ahuja’s first-ever cover photoshoot was at the tender age of five with Papa Anil Kapoor and sister Rhea!


The fashionista of Bollywood, Sonam Kapoor is celebrating her 35th birthday today and wishes are pouring in for her from her family, friends, colleagues and fans. The actress flew down to Mumbai yesterday after spending the lockdown in Delhi with her husband Anand Ahuja’s family. Her father veteran actor Anil Kapoor was one of the first ones to wish her with an emotional yet hilarious birthday message on Instagram.

Sonam might be a much-photographed celebrity today but it was in the year 1990 that she posed on the cover of a magazine with dad Anil and sister Rhea. Apparently, the trio posed for film journalist Bhawana Somaaya and was directed by her too, making her Sonam’s first director much before Sanjay Leela Bhansali came along to launch her in Saawariya. The costumes that Anil, Sonam and Rhea wore were designed by none-other-than Sunita Kapoor. Check out the picture below.


Happy 35th Birthday Sonam “I am very objective. The emotional bond of a father-daughter exists, but we belong to a film family first and I am a film person too. It’s in our DNA. For instance, so many of my friends have wanted to get involved in my films, but till they are right for the role, they won’t get picked. I have been very cruel and ruthless. I don’t mix personal and professional matters. People say, ‘Yeh beti ke liye film bana raha hai. Aisa kuch nahi hai .’ All the films have happened very organically. I am never biased. I have always got great feedback from industry people and the media about her. It was not out of emotion. I used to tell her as well, but she would say, ‘You are saying this because you are my father.’ If she wasn’t good, directors like Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra or Sanjay Leela Bhansali wouldn’t have cast her.” - Anil Kapoor, 2015. Caption courtesy Hindustan Times. . . “This was year 1990 first anual of g magazine published by This was the inside pages of the cover story. Wonder where is the cover of the magazine? @anilskapoor allowed his kids to be photographed for the first time only for me @kapoor.sunita designed special costumes for all three and we shot the frames at their bungalow. And yes, i directed the kids so technically I am Sonam’s first director! Those were the golden days” - Bhawana Somaaya, 2020. . Cover shot by ace photographer @jayeshshethofficial @anilskapoor @sonamkapoor @rheakapoor #sonamkapoor #happybirthdaysonamkapoor #sonamkapoorahuja #sonamkapoorfashion #sonamkapoorfan #rheakapoor #anilkapoor #anilkapoorfans #anilkapoorstyle #jhakaas #80sbollywood #madhuridixit #govinda #retrobollywoodmagcover #gmagazine #ekladkikodekhatohaisalaga

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Sonam and Rhea both look super cute with their two plaits and wearing matching black outfits and sitting cozily side-by-side on a chair while doting Papa Anil can be seen standing at their back.

(Source: Instagram)