Actor Sonam Kapoor attended the Coronation Concert on May 8, 2023, in honor of the crowning of King Charles III and Queen Camilla. She wore a custom-made ensemble designed by Anamika Khanna and Emilia Wickstead. Kapoor delivered a spoken-word piece about the Commonwealth, followed by the introduction of the Commonwealth virtual choir. The choir performed a modern version of Steve Winwood’s song, “Higher Love,” accompanied by a 70-piece orchestra.
Netizens trolled Sonam Kapoor for her speech, describing it as embarrassing and comparable to a 5th-grade elocution competition. Some criticized Kapoor for celebrating the monarchy that once enslaved India. One user referred to the actor as a “national disaster.”
Sonam Kapoor’s outfit was inspired by the calico prints that were traded between India and the UK in the 17th and 18th centuries. Kapoor’s husband Anand Ahuja accompanied her to the event.
Sonam Kapoor delivers a spoken word piece at King Charles Coronation Concert
On Sunday, May 8th, actor Sonam Kapoor attended the Coronation Concert to celebrate the crowning of King Charles III and Queen Camilla. As part of the event, Kapoor delivered a spoken word piece about the Commonwealth. Dressed in an ensemble created by two designers, Anamika Khanna, and Emilia Wickstead, Kapoor began her address with a “namaste.”
“Our Commonwealth is a union. Together, we are one-third of the world’s people. One-third of the world’s ocean. One-quarter of the world’s land. Each of our countries is unique; each of our peoples special, but we choose to stand as one, learning from our history; blessed by our diversity; driven by our values; and determined to build a more peaceful, sustainable and prosperous future for everyone; where every voice is heard,” said Kapoor in her spoken word piece.
She then introduced the Commonwealth virtual choir composed of performers from across the 56 Commonwealth countries, alongside the legendary musician Steve Winwood. The group performed a modern version of his song “Higher Love,” accompanied by a 70-piece orchestra.
Netizens criticize Sonam Kapoor’s speech as “embarrassing”
Despite the event’s prestigious nature, many netizens criticized Kapoor’s speech. One Twitter user wrote, “Sonam Kapoor’s spoken word coronation performance is exactly what we hoped it to be, and whyyy is she talking like that as if it’s a 5th-grade elocution contest.” Another user called the performance an “embarrassing moment,” and someone else labeled Kapoor a “national disaster.”
Some people questioned Kapoor’s decision to celebrate an event that represents the monarchy that once enslaved India. One Twitter user wrote, “Ppl questioned why U don’t like Bollywood? Look at @sonamakapoor – celebrating the monarchy that enslaved our country. Don’t believe in living in the past- but it’s a fact many Indians sacrificed their lives for freedom. These 2rs Bollywood are bootlickers of them #SonamKapoor.”
Sonam Kapoor’s outfit for the event created by two designers
Prior to attending the event, Kapoor took to Instagram to share a series of pictures of her outfit. The bespoke floor-length gown featured a sweeping band detail around the shoulders framing a corseted bodice and a full-skirt lined with architectural godet pleats. The calico-inspired print was created by celebrated Indian fashion designer Anamika Khanna. In the 17th and 18th centuries, calico prints were an important commodity traded between India and the UK. The dress was designed by New Zealand-born, UK-based fashion designer Emilia Wickstead.
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