Sonu Sood is a former model and Indian actor who has acted in Hindi, Punjabi, Telugu and Tamil films. A participant in Mr. India contest, he has appeared in commercials like Apollo Tyres, Airtel etc. In Tollywood he is best known for his antagonist role in the film Arundhati.
Sonu Sood was born in Moga, Punjab and brought up in Nagpur. He was one of three children with two sisters making up the trio. His father was an entrepreneur while his mother was a teacher. A graduate in engineering, he is married to Sonali and they have a son named Ishan.
His first film in Tamil was Majnu (2001). This film didn’t fetch him any recognition.This model turned actor made his acting debut in Hindi films with ‘Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh’ in 2002 which won critical acclaim for his performance. But he was better noticed as Abhishek Bachchan’s brother in Mani Ratnam’s ‘Yuva’ (2004) and in ‘Aashiq Banaya Aapne’ (2005). Recently, Sonu did some steamy stuff in ‘Sheesha’ (2005) and ‘Siskiyaan’ (2005).
In Tollywood, With the release of Super in 2005, he got good recognition. In this film, his co-star was Nagarjuna as a hi-tech thief, but the film didn’t perform as expected. His next film was Athadu which was a super-hit, but didn’t help in building his image. In 2006 he again portrayed the antagonist in Ashok. It was an average grosser, but by now he became popular in Telugu films.
It was Arundhati, that took him to the greatest unimagined heights in a non-local industry. He played the role of a Aghora. This film turned out to be the biggest hit of that year.
In 2009, he played the role of Gangster Bada in Anjaneyulu opposite Ravi Teja, but the role held less scope for his acting chops. In the later half of 2009, he acted in another Telugu film, Ek Niranjan, in which he again played as the antagonist. The film received mixed reviews, but Sood was praised critically for his portrayal of a sadistic villain. His histrionics and slang of mixing English dialogues with Telugu in this film proved to be sensational.
In 2010, he played the lead antagonist in Abhinav Kashyap’s Dabangg, co-starring with Salman Khan.