Daughter of actor Anil Kapoor and ex-model Sunita Kapoor, Sonam was born in the suburb of Chembur, Mumbai on 9 June 1985. She is cited in the media as one of the most fashionable Indian celebrities. Sonam began a career in film by assisting director Sanjay Leela Bhansali on his 2005 drama film Black and made her acting debut in 2007 with his film Saawariya opposite Ranbir Kapoor. Apart from studying theatre and arts in Singapore for 2 years, she also studied Political Science and Economics from University of East London. Additionally, she is a well trained classical dancer.