Sonu Sood

Sonu Sood (born 30 July 1973) is an Indian film actor, producer, and humanitarian who acts predominantly in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Punjabi films. In September 2020, Sood was chosen for the prestigious ‛SDG Special Humanitarian Action Award’ by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for his humanitarian works during Covid-19 pandemic.[3][4][5]

Sonu Sood
Sonu sood 2012.jpg
Sood in 2012
Born (1973-07-30) 30 July 1973 (age 47)[1]
EducationYeshwantrao Chavan College of Engineering, Nagpur (B.E.)
Years active1999–present

In 2009, he received the Andhra Pradesh State Nandi Award for Best Villain and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Telugu for his work in the Telugu blockbuster Arundhati.[6] In 2010, he garnered the Apsara Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role and the IIFA Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role for the Bollywood blockbuster Dabangg.[7] In 2012, he received the SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role for Julayi.[8] He is best known for roles in blockbuster films such as Yuva (2004), Athadu (2005), Aashiq Banaya Aapne (2005), Ashok (2006), Jodhaa Akbar (2008), Dookudu (2011), Shootout at Wadala (2013), Happy New Year (2014), Kung Fu Yoga (2017) and Simmba (2018).[9][10]

He also appeared in commercials for Apollo Tyres and Airtel.[11][12]

In July 2016, he established the production house Shakti Sagar Productions, which is named after his father, Shakti Sagar Sood.[13]


In 1999, Sood was introduced to Tamil language films with Kallazhagar and Nenjinile. He then appeared as an antagonist in the Telugu film Hands Up! in 2000. In 2001, he appeared in Majunu. He then began starring in Hindi films, with Shaheed-E-Azam, as Bhagat Singh in 2002. Sood earned recognition as Abhishek Bachchan's brother in Mani Ratnam's Yuva in 2004 and in Aashiq Banaya Aapne in 2005.[12]

In Tollywood, with the release of Super in 2005, he received greater recognition for his work.[14] In this film, his co-star was Nagarjuna as a high-tech thief. His next film was Athadu. In 2006, he again portrayed the antagonist in Ashok. It was an average grosser, but by now he had become popular in Telugu films.

In 2009, he played the role of Pasupathy in Arundhati. Following the Tollywood release of Arundhati, he played the role of Rajkumar Sujamal in the Indian epic film Jodha Akbar, directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. In 2009, he played the role of gangster Bada in Anjaneyulu opposite Ravi Teja. In the latter half of 2009, he acted in another Telugu film Ek Niranjan, in which he again played the antagonist. In 2010, he played the lead antagonist in Abhinav Kashyap's Dabangg, co-starring with Salman Khan.[15] His Kannada debut with Sudeep, Vishnuvardhana (2011), released to positive reviews of his performance.[16]


Year Film Role Language Notes
1999 Kallazhagar Soumya Narayanan (Priest) Tamil
Nenjinile Gangster Tamil
2000 Hands Up! Tuglak Telugu
Sandhitha Velai Sandeep Tamil
2001 Majunu Heena's brother Tamil
2002 Shaheed-E-Azam Bhagat Singh Hindi
Zindagi Khoobsurat Hai Muraad Hindi
Raja Bhavani Tamil
2003 Ammayilu Abbayilu Rakesh Telugu
Kovilpatti Veeralakshmi Rajiv Mathur Tamil
Kahan Ho Tum Karan Hindi
2004 Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero Lt. Col Shah Nawaz Khan Hindi
Mission Mumbai Capt. Rajeev Singh Hindi
Yuva Gopal Singh Hindi
2005 Sheesha Raj Hindi
Chandramukhi Oomayan Tamil
Super Sonu Telugu
Athadu Malli Telugu
Aashiq Banaya Aapne Karan Oberoi Hindi
Siskiyaan Dr. Vishwas Hindi
Divorce: Not Between Husband and Wife Siddharth Joshi Hindi
2006 Ashok K K Telugu
Rockin' Meera Prince English
2008 Jodhaa Akbar Prince Sujamal Hindi Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
Mr Medhavi Siddharth Telugu
Singh Is Kinng Lakhan 'Lucky' Singh Hindi
Ek Vivah Aisa Bhi Prem Ajmera Hindi
2009 Arundhati Pasupathi Telugu Nandi Award for Best Villain
Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award (Telugu)
Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge Aryan Hindi
Anjaneyulu Bada Telugu
Bangaru Babu Rajendra Telugu
Ek Niranjan Johnny Bhai Telugu
City of Life Basu/Peter Patel English
2010 Dabangg Chhedi Singh Hindi Apsara Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role
IIFA Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role
2011 Shakti Mukthar Telugu
Theenmaar Sudhir Telugu
Bbuddah... Hoga Tera Baap ACP Karan Malhotra Hindi
Kandireega Bhavani Telugu
Dookudu Nayak Telugu Best Actor in a Negative Role
Vishnuvardhana Adhishesha Kannada Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role - Kannada
Nominated, Sandalwood Star Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role
Nominated, Bangalore Times Film Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role Male
Osthe Boxer Daniel Tamil
2012 Maximum Inspector Pratap Pandit Hindi
Uu Kodathara? Ulikki Padathara? Phanindra Bhupathi Telugu
Julai Bittu Telugu Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role - Telugu
2013 Madha Gaja Raja Tamil Unreleased
Shootout at Wadala Dilawar Imtiaz Haksar Hindi
Ramaiya Vastavaiya Raghuveer
Bhai James Telugu
R... Rajkumar Shivraj Gurjar Hindi
2014 Entertainment Arjun
Aagadu Damodar Telugu
Happy New Year Jagmohan Prakash (Jag) Hindi
2015 Gabbar Is Back Balbir Singh
2016 Saagasam Bittu Tamil
Xuanzang Harsha Mandarin
Ishq Positive Himself Urdu Pakistani Film
Cameo appearance
Devi Raj Khanna Tamil
Abhinetri Telugu
Tutak Tutak Tutiya Hindi Also producer
2017 Kung Fu Yoga Randall Mandarin
2018 Paltan Maj. Bishen Singh Hindi
Simmba Durva Ranade Hindi
2019 Kurukshetra Arjuna Kannada
Devi 2 Raj Khanna Tamil Cameo Appearance
Abhinetri 2 Telugu
Sita Basavaraju Telugu [17][18]
2020 Alludu Adhurs Adinarayana Telugu Filming [19]
Prithviraj TBA Hindi Filming
Thamilarasan TBA Tamil Filming

Dubbing careerEdit

Film title Actor Character Dub Language Original Language Original Year release Notes
The Legend of Hercules Kellan Lutz Hercules/Alcides Hindi English 2014

Personal lifeEdit

Sood married Sonali in 1996. They have two sons.[20]

Social work during the COVID-19 pandemicEdit

In May 2020, during the nationwide lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sood helped thousands of stranded Indian migrant workers to reach their homes by arranging buses, special trains and chartered flights for them.[21][22][23] In July 2020 he arranged a chartered flight to bring home over 1,500 Indian students stranded in Kyrgyzstan, flying them from Bishkek to Varanasi.[24][25] His charity during the pandemic was lauded, and he was hailed as a real-life hero in India.[26]

On 25 July 2020, a video of a farmer's daughters ploughing a field, like bulls with a yoke on their shoulders, went viral over social media. Sood quickly sent the family a tractor.[27] On 5 August 2020, he helped 101 medical students, predominantly from Tamil Nadu, who were stranded in Moscow during the lockdown, reach Chennai safely on a chartered flight arranged by him after they contacted his team for help.[28] On his birthday he launched a website and app called Pravasi Rojgar to help migrant workers find suitable jobs amid the pandemic.[29]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Sharma, Aastha (30 July 2015). "Sonu Sood: Moga to Mumbai non-stop". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  2. ^ Goyal, Divya (8 February 2016). "Sonu Sood's father passes away, actor says he is 'shattered'". The Indian Express. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Sonu Sood's UNDP award makes his personal brand even taller". ET Brand 29 September 2020. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Sonu Sood joins the likes of Angelina Jolie, Leonardo Decaprio as he receives UN award". 29 September 2020. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Sonu Sood receives SDG special humanitarian action award by UNDP". Business Standard. 29 September 2020. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  6. ^ Joshi, Tushar (26 October 2009). "Sonu Sood Wins Nandi Award For Arundhati". Mid Day.
  7. ^ Krishna, Rege, Bal, Manisha (26 June 2011). "Dabangg Wins Big at IIFA Awards". The Newswire.
  8. ^ Barma, Nnimi (23 February 2018). "Latest Movies of Sonu Sood: 5 Latest Bollywood Movies of Sonu Sood". Medium.
  9. ^ Devi (29 January 2009). "TELUGU CINEMASS: Sonu Sood's, Another Hit Arundhati". Retrieved 20 September 2011.
  10. ^ Udasi, Harshikaa (22 April 2013). "Snippets: Finally a nod". The Hindu.
  11. ^ "Sonu Sood turns producer with Lucky Unlucky". The Hindu. 1 November 2011.
  12. ^ a b "Top 100 Handsome Indian Men - Sonu Sood". Archived from the original on 18 December 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
  13. ^ Kotwani, Hiren (28 January 2017). "Jackie Chan unveils the poster of Sonu Sood's production '2 in 1'". The Times of India.
  14. ^ "Super - Telugu film - Nagarjuna, Ayesha Takia, Sonu Sood". 7 May 2005. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
  15. ^ "Sonu's on a high". Archived from the original on 21 September 2010. Retrieved 12 September 2010.
  16. ^ "Kannada Review: 'Only Vishnuvardhana' is racy". CNN-News18. 11 December 2011. Archived from the original on 9 January 2012.
  17. ^ Vijayakumar, Sindhu (6 April 2019). "Tamil cinema is my first love: Sonu Sood". The Times of India.
  18. ^ Iyengar, Anusha (3 April 2019). "Kajal Aggarwal shares a 'chilling' shot from her upcoming Telugu film, Sita [PHOTO]". Times Now.
  19. ^ "Alludu Adhurs get release date". The Hans India. 12 March 2020. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  20. ^ Garoo, Rohit (15 November 2016). "Sonu Sood Marriage: The First Love Is Forever For This Actor". The Bridal Box. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  21. ^ Gosh, Raya (24 May 2020). "Sonu Sood trends online for helping migrants go back home. Real hero, says Internet". India Today. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  22. ^ Dixit, Prashant (24 May 2020). "Sonu Sood is the new Sushma Swaraj, helping stranded Indians one Twitter request at a time". ThePrint. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  23. ^ "Punjab CM hails 'Moga boy Sonu Sood' for helping migrant workers in crisis". ANI News. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  24. ^ "Kapil Sharma tells Sonu Sood 'You have played a villain in films but you are a real life hero'". Times of India. 22 July 2020. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
  25. ^ "Sonu Sood arranges charter flights for over 1,500 Indian students stranded in Kyrgyzstan, group of airborne students send actor message of gratitude". Times of India. 26 July 2020. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
  26. ^ Pandey, Geeta (25 May 2020). "Bollywood actor hailed for helping stranded migrants". BBC News. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  27. ^ Pavan, P. (26 July 2020). "Andhra Pradesh: Sonu Sood sends tractor to Chittoor farmer to plough fields". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
  28. ^ "Sonu Sood's largesse continues, actor helps 100 TN students stranded in Moscow reach Chennai". 5 August 2020.
  29. ^ "Sonu Sood Launches App With Three Lakh Job Opportunities For Migrant Workers". Mumbai Live. Mumbai Live. Retrieved 8 August 2020.

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