Sonalee Kulkarni

Sonalee Benodekar (née 'Kulkarni; born 18 May 1988) is an Indian actress who mainly acts in Marathi cinema and Bollywood films. After working as a model in her early career, Sonalee made her debut in Kedar Shinde's film Bakula Namdeo Ghotale, for which she received the Zee Gaurav Puraskar award for best actress.[2]

Sonalee Kulkarni Benodekar
Sonalee Kulkarni 2 (cropped).jpg
Sonalee in 2015
Born18 May 1988 (1988-05-18) (age 33)
  • Actress
  • dancer
Years active2005–present
Notable work
Kunal Benodekar
(m. 2021)

She is noted for her lavani dance song, "Apsara Aali" in the Marathi film Natarang,[3] 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 Puraskar 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. Sonalee also made a cameo appearance in the Ajay Devgan picture Singham 2.

Early lifeEdit

Sonalee Kulkarni was born 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.[4] Sonalee has a younger brother who owns an event company called Fledgers.[5]

Acting careerEdit

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. Soon after she was offered a lead role in Kedar Shinde's Bakula Namdeo Ghotale. This was her debut film as a lead actress. She received Best Actress for Bakula Namdeo Ghotale at Zee Gaurav 2008 and also Best Actress in a debut film at 45th Maharashtra State Film 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 Natarang. 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 Natarang, 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 Hawa Yeu Dya".

In 2019, she is appearing in two Marathi films; a historical drama Hirkani and a thriller film Vicky Velingkar. In both films she is performing titular role.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

She introduced her fiancée Kunal Benodekar to the world on her birthday on Monday, May 18, 2020.[9] They got married on May 7, 2021, in Dubai.[10]



Year Title Language Role Ref(s)
2006 Gauri Marathi Gauri [11]
2006 Gadhavacha Lagna Rambha
2007 Bakula Namdeo Ghotale Bakula
2008 Aba Zindabad Reshma
2008 Chal Gaja Karu Maja Gaja's Girlfriend
2009 Hai Kai Nai Kai Mallika Lokhande
2010 Samudra Nanda
2010 Sa Sasucha Ashiwini
2010 Irada Pakka Adhya
2010 Goshta Lagnanantarchi Radha
2010 Kshanbhar Vishranti Sanika
2010 Natarang Nayna Kolhapurkar [12]
2012 Ajintha Paro
2013 Grand Masti Hindi Mamta [13]
2013 Zapatlela 2 Marathi Megha [14]
2014 Singham Returns Hindi Menaka [15]
2014 Rama Madhav Marathi Anandibai [16]
2015 Classmates Aditi [17]
2015 Mitwaa Nandini [18]
2015 Shutter Hooker [19]
2015 Timepass 2 Special Appearance [20]
2016 Poshter Girl Rupali Thorat [21]
2017 Baghtos Kay Mujra Kar Gauri Bhosale (Special Appearance) [22]
2017 Tula Kalnnaar Nahi Anjali [23]
2017 Hampi Isha
2019 Ti & Ti Priyanka [24]
2019 Hirkani Hirkani
2019 Vicky Velingkar Vicky Velingkar
2020 Dhurala Monica Ubhe
2021 Jhimma [25]


Year Title Channel Role Ref.
2018 Apsara Aali Zee Yuva Judge [26]
2019-2020 Yuva Dancing Queen Zee Yuva Judge [27]
2020 Dancing Queen Zee Marathi Judge [28]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Awards Category Film Role Result
2008 Maharashtra State Film Awards Best Newcomer Female Bakula Namdeo Ghotale Bakula Won[29]
Zee Gaurav Puraskar Best Actress
2010 Maharashtracha Favourite Kon? Popular Face of the Year Natarang Nayana Kolhapurkar
Favourite Heroine
2015 Zee Chitra Gaurav Puraskar Best Actress Mitwaa Nandini Nominated
Sanskruti Kaladarpan Poshter Girl Rupali Won[30]
2015 Filmfare Marathi Awards Mitwaa Nandini Nominated
2017 Filmfare Marathi Awards Best Actress Hampi Isha Nominated[31]
2019 Zee Chitra Gaurav Puraskar Lux Golden Beauty of the Year Ti & Ti Priyanka Won[32]
2020 Filmfare Marathi Awards Critics Award Best Actress Hirkani Hirkani Won[33]
Best Actress Nominated
Sakaal Premier Awards Best Actress Won
Maharashtracha Favourite Kon? Favourite Actress Won[34][35]
Zee Chitra Gaurav Puraskar Lux Golden Beauty of the Year Won[36]


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