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Sonalee Kulkarni

Sonalee Kulkarni is an Indian actress who mainly acts in Marathi and Bollywood films. After working as a model in her early career, Kulkarni made her debut in Kedar Shinde's film Bakula Namdeo Ghotale, for which she received the Zee Gaurav award for best actress.

Sonalee Kulkarni
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Born (1988-05-18) 18 May 1988 (age 30)
Years active2005–present
Height5 Feet 4 Inch

She is noted for her lavani dance song, "Apsara Aali" in the Marathi film Natarang,[1] followed by Kshanbhar Vishranti, Ajintha, and Zapatlela 2. In 2014, she was seen alongside Swapnil Joshi and Prarthana Behere in Mitwaa for which she was nominated at Zee Gaurav in the category of Best Actress. She made her Hindi film debut in the adult sex comedy Grand Masti wherein she played the role of Mamta, wife of Ritesh Deshmukh's character. Kulkarni also made a cameo appearance in the Ajay Devgan picture Singham 2.[2]


Life and careerEdit

Early life (1992–2006)Edit

Sonalee Kulkarni was born on 18 May 1988 to Manohar and Savinder Kulkarni in the army cantonment of Khadki, near Pune. Her father Manohar Kulkarni is a retired Army doctor who served Army Medical Center for 30 years. Her mother, Savinder, is Punjabi who worked for COD at Dehu Road, Pune. She has studied at Army School, Kendriya Vidyalaya 1 and finished her graduation in mass communication and journalism from Fergusson College, Pune. She also has a post graduation degree in mass communication from Indira School of Communication.[3] Sonalee has a younger brother who owns an event company called Fledgers.[4]

Debut and career fluctuations (2006–10)Edit

The first time Sonalee witnessed a motion picture camera was in FTII, Pune, while doing a small role in a docu-drama. She was then offered the role of a Katthak Dancer in a Marathi daily soap Ha Khel Sanchitacha alongside veteran Marathi actor Vikram Gokhle. On the sets of this TV show, she was offered her first Marathi film, Gadhavach lagn where she did a cameo in a dance number called Indra Darbari, Nache Sundari.[5] Soon after she was offered a lead role in Kedar Shinde's Bakula Namdev Ghotale. This was her debut film as a lead actress. She received Best Actress for Bakula Namdev Ghotale at Zee Gaurav 2008 and also Best Actress in a debut film at 45th Maharashtra state awards for Marathi film 2008. Later on she was seen in movies like Hay kay Nay Kay, Aaba Zindabad, Chal Gaja Karu Maja, Chal Gammat Karu, Gosht Lagnanatrchi. But these movies did not have much success at the box office.

Natrang and beyond (2010–present)Edit

In 2010, Sonalee was seen in Ravi Jadhav's Natrang. It was a highly successful movie. Sonalee played the role of Nayana Kolhapurkarin, lead dancer of a theater troop. Her dance performances in the film were well received by audiences worldwide. People started calling her "Apsara," referring to her dance on the song "Apsara Ali" in this movie.[6]

After Natrang, Sonalee was seen in the critically acclaimed movie Ajintha, and another multi-star movie Kshanbhar Vishranti alongside Bharat Jadhav, Hemant Dhome, Sachit Patil and Manva Naik. Her next release was Kedar Shinde's Irada Pakka where she played the character of Aadya opposite Siddharth Jadhav. Sonalee was seen next in the drama film S Sasucha opposite Sunil Barve.[7] She ended 2010 with another movie, Samudra where she worked opposite veteran Marathi actor Mohan Agashe.

She had no movies released in 2011. She has also appeared in a comedy show on Zee Marathi "Chala Hava Yeudya".


Year Title Language Role Ref(s)
2006 Gauri Marathi Gauri
2006 Gadhavacha Lagna Marathi Rambha
2007 Bakula Namdeo Ghotale Marathi Bakula
2008 Aba Zindabad Marathi Reshma
2009 Hai Kai Nai Kai Marathi Mallika Lokhande
2010 Samudra Marathi Nanda
2010 Sa Sasucha Marathi Ashiwini/Ashu
2010 Irada Pakka Marathi Adhya
2010 Goshta Lagnanantarchi Marathi Radha
2010 Kshanbhar Vishranti Marathi Sanika
2010 Natarang Marathi Nayna Kolhapurkarin
2012 Ajintha Marathi Paro
2013 Grand Masti Hindi Mamta [8]
2013 Zapatlela 2 Marathi Megha [9]
2014 Singham Returns Hindi Menaka [10]
2014 Rama Madhav Marathi Anandibai [11]
2015 Classmates Marathi Aditi [12]
2015 Mitwaa Marathi Nandini [13]
2015 Shutter Marathi Hooker [14]
2015 Timepass 2 Marathi Special Appearance [15]
2016 Poshter Girl Marathi Rupali Thorat [16]
2017 Baghtos Kay Mujra Kar Marathi Gauri Bhosale (Special Appearance) [17]
2017 Tula Kalnnaar Nahi Marathi Anjali [18][19]
2017 Hampi[20] Marathi Isha


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  1. ^ "A fab lavani number in Sonalee's next - Times of India". Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Sonalee Kulkarni wins praise for her act in Singham Returns - Times of India". Retrieved 7 July 2016.
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  8. ^ "Sonalee Kulkarni is Marathi cinema's poster girl for women-centric subjects". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Sonalee Kulkarni set to make her Bollywood debut". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  10. ^ "Sonalee Kulkarni wins praise for her act in Singham Returns". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Ramaa Madav runs to packed houses in UK". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  12. ^ "Classmates' first look revealed". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  13. ^ "Watch: Swwapnil's look in Mitwaa". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  14. ^ "Five visionaries from Pune tell you what's on their New Year wishlist". Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  15. ^ "TP2 starcast: Mystery continues". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  16. ^ "Priyanka Chopra is my Poshter Girl: Sonalee". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  17. ^ Kulye, Ajay. "Baghtos Kay Mujra Kar | 3 February 2017 - Marathi Cineyug". Retrieved 2017-02-06.
  18. ^ "Tula Kalnnaar Nahi (2017) – Marathi Movie | 8 April 2017 - Marathi Stars". Retrieved 2017-02-06.
  19. ^ "राहुल अंजलीची लग्नानंतरची लव्हस्टोरी सांगणार 'तुला कळणार नाही' | July 18, 2017 - Cine Katta". Retrieved 2017-02-06.
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