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Sonu Sood, best remembered for his performance in the Salman Khan-starrer Dabangg, is a well-known name in the entertainment industry. He is seen not only in Hindi movies but also in Telugu and Tamil films and has also appeared in a number of Kannada and Punjabi movies. He has received a number of awards, including the Andhra Pradesh State Nandi Award for Best Villain and Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Telugu for his work in the 2009 movie Arundhati.

Profession(s)Actor, Model, Producer
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 185 cm
in meters- 1.85 m
in feet & inches- 6’ 0¾”
Eye ColourBrown
Hair ColourBlack
DebutTamil Film: Kallazhagar (1999)
Telugu Film: Hands Up! (2000)
Bollywood Film: Shaheed-E-Azam (2002)
English Film: Rockin' Meera (2006)
Personal Life
Date of Birth30 July 1973 (Monday)
Age (as in 2020)47 Years
BirthplaceMoga, Punjab, India
Zodiac signLeo
HometownMoga, Punjab, India
SchoolSacred Heart School, Moga
College/UniversityYeshwantrao Chavan College of Engineering, Nagpur
Educational QualificationGraduation in Electronic Engineering
Food HabitVegetarian
HobbiesPlaying the Guitar, Doing Workout, Kick-Boxing
Controversies• A fraud case was filed against him by producer Sheetal Talwar as he lent him a certain property in Yari Road, Mumbai on the condition that it was free of any legal dispute , but it wasn't. [3]
• Sonu Sood attracted controversy after he stepped out of the Bollywood film, “Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi.” When the Bollywood actress, Kangana Ranaut alleged him of leaving the film because he was not willing to work with a female director, Sonu said, "Kangana is a dear friend and she will always remain one but this constant playing the woman card, the victim card and making this entire issue about male chauvinism is ridiculous. The gender of the director is not the issue. Competence is. Let’s not confuse the two. I’ve worked with Farah Khan who’s a competent woman director and Farah and I had a great professional equation and we are still best of friends. That’s all I would like to say.” [4]
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Wife/SpouseSonali Sood
ChildrenSon(s)- Ayaan Sood
Daughter- None
ParentsFather- Shakti Sagar Sood (Entrepreneur)
Mother- Saroj Sood (Teacher)
SiblingsBrother- None
Sister(s)- Monika Sood (Elder; Scientist)
Malvika Sachar (Younger)
Favourite Things
FoodAloo Paratha
Actor(s)Amitabh Bachchan, Sylvester Stallone
Actress(es)Sridevi, Raveena Tandon
MusicianR. D. Burman
Style Quotient
Car CollectionPorsche, Audi Q7

Some Lesser Known Facts About Sonu Sood

  • Does Sonu Sood smoke?: No
  • Does Sonu Sood drink alcohol?: No
  • Sonu Sood is an Indian actor who mainly works in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi films.
  • Sonu was born in a upper middle-class family in Moga, Punjab.
  • After completing his schooling, Sonu worked at his father’s showroom in Moga for a while.
  • He, then, did his graduation in Electronic Engineering from the Yeshwantrao Chavan College of Engineering, Nagpur.
  • When he was in the second year of his college, Sood got motivated to pursue modelling and acting as his career.
  • After graduating, Sonu relocated to Mumbai and began searching for work.
  • When he went to Mumbai, Sonu ha just Rs. 5500 along with him.
  • Sonu spent his initial days in Mumbai in a one-room-kitchen apartment with six other boys.
  • During his struggling days in Mumbai, Sood did a job in a private firm in South Mumbai to support his everyday expenses.
  • As his job involved field work, he got a monthly train pass made from Borivali to Churchgate.
  • From his office job, he used to earn Rs. 4500 per month.
  • Prior to becoming an actor, Sood had participated in the Grasim Mr. India contest and reached the top 5.
  • Sonu made his acting debut in 1999 with the Tamil film, “Kallazhagar.”
  • He marked his debut in Bollywood in 2002 with the Bollywood film, “Shaheed-E-Azam.”
  • Sood shot to fame after appearing in the Bollywood film “Yuva.”
  • Some of his popular Telugu films include “Athadu,” “Ashok,” “Arundhati,” “Ek Niranjan,” and “Shakti.”
  • Sonu has worked in many popular Bollywood films, including “Aashiq Banaya Aapne,” “Dabangg,” “Happy New Year,” “Gabbar Is Back,” and “Simmba.”
  • Sood has also featured in the Chinese film, “Xuanzang.”
  • Due to the common surname, once Miss India finalist and actress Asmita Sood, was mistaken as his sister.
  • He has worked in 7 different language movies: Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, English, and Punjabi.
  • He was supposed to act in Hindi and Telugu remake of Zanjeer but had to pull back due to his injury.
  • Despite being spiritual, he halted praying for around 4 years after his mother expired.
  • His first modelling assignment earned him Rs. 500, which he spent to buy himself a denim.
  • Sonu is very particular about his fitness and hits the gym regularly.
  • He has appeared on the covers of many popular magazines, like “You & I,” “Health & Nutrition,” “Just Urbane,” and “Krunch Today.”
  • Sonu is an ardent follower of Lord Ganesha.
  • Sood is passionate about animals and has a pet dog, Snowy.
  • He did a film Kung Fu Yoga with Jackie Chan, during the shoot of which they became good friends.
  • He has a production house called Shakti Sagar Productions.
  • Amid the nationwide lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he was hailed for helping migrants. Sonu helped thousands of migrant workers, stranded by the Covid-19 lockdown in Mumbai, return home. While talking about it in an interview, Sonu said,
    It gave me sleepless nights when I saw visuals of people walking hundreds of kilometres to reach their villages.”
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