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Sonu Sood
Sood in 2012
Born (1973-07-30) 30 July 1973 (age 50)
Moga, Punjab, India[1]
EducationYeshwantrao Chavan College of Engineering, Nagpur (B.E. in Electronics Engineering)
Years active1999–present
Sonali Shridhar Sood
(m. 1996)

Sonu Sood (born 30 July 1973)[2][3] is an Indian actor, film producer, model, humanitarian, and philanthropist who works predominantly in Hindi, Telugu films and few Tamil, Kannada films. He is known for his performances as the negative lead in most of his films and for his humanitarian work, especially during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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.[4] 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 his performance in Bollywood film Dabangg.[5] In 2012, he received the SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role (Telugu) for his role in Julayi.[citation needed]

Sood's other successful works include Yuva (2004), Athadu (2005), Aashiq Banaya Aapne (2005), Ashok (2006), Jodhaa Akbar (2008), Kandireega (2011), Dookudu (2011), Shootout at Wadala (2013), R... Rajkumar (2013), Happy New Year (2014), Devi (2016), Kung Fu Yoga (2017), Simmba (2018), and Kurukshetra (2019).[6] He also appeared in commercials for Apollo Tyres and Airtel.[7][8]

In July 2016, he established the production house Shakti Sagar Productions, which is named after his father, Shakti Sagar Sood.[9] In September 2020, Sood was chosen for the ‛SDG Special Humanitarian Action Award’ by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for his humanitarian works during the COVID-19 pandemic.[10][11][12]

In June 2022, he launched his social media app called Explurger.[13][14]


Sonu Sood was educated at Sacred Heart School, Moga,[15] and at Yeshwantrao Chavan College of Engineering (YCCE), Nagpur.[16]


In 1999, Sood began his career through his first two Tamil language films, 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.[8]

In Tollywood, with the release of Super in 2005, he received greater recognition for his work.[17] 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.[18] His Kannada debut with Sudeep, Vishnuvardhana (2011), released to positive reviews of his performance.[19] He was appointed "the state icon of Punjab" by the state election commission.[20]

In April 2022, the popular reality show MTV Roadies - Season 18 was hosted by Sonu Sood in South Africa. As he reflected on the experience, he emphasized that the "magic" attribute of the show was that it demanded one to be absolutely real & every single day of our 45-day stay in South Africa was a learning experience for him.[21]


Year Title 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 Award for Best Supporting Actor
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 Arabic
2010 Dabangg Chhedi Singh Hindi IIFA Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role
Apsara Award for Best Actor 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 CineMAA Award for 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)
Madha Gaja Raja Unknown Tamil Unreleased
2013 Shootout at Wadala Dilawar Imtiaz Haksar Hindi
Ramaiya Vastavaiya Raghuveer Hindi
Bhai James Telugu
R... Rajkumar Shivraj Gurjar Hindi
2014 Entertainment Arjun Hindi
Aagadu Damodar Telugu
Happy New Year Jagmohan Prakash (Jag) Hindi
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 [22][23]
2021 Alludu Adhurs Gaja Telugu
2022 Acharya Basava Telugu [24]
Samrat Prithviraj Chand Bardai Hindi [25]
2023 Thamilarasan Rana Prathap Singh Tamil
Sreemanta - Kannada [26]
2024 Fateh TBA Hindi Filming; Also directorial debut[27]

Dubbing career[edit]

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


Year Title Role Notes
2022–2023 MTV Roadies Host Season 19 & 20

Music videos[edit]

Year Track Musical Artists Director Language Notes
2021 Pagal Nahi Hona Sunanda Sharma, Jaani, Avvy Sra Mahi Sandhu, Joban Sandhu Punjabi [28]
Saath Kya Nibhaoge Tony Kakkar, Altaf Raja Farah Khan Hindi [29]

Personal life[edit]

In 1996, Sood married Sonali, a Telugu woman, who hails from Andhra Pradesh.[30] They have two sons named Ayaan and Ishant.[31] He is an eggetarian.[32]


Sood Charity Foundation[edit]

Sood has founded the Sood Charity Foundation "to help people of all stature".[33] An initiative by Sood for providing free coaching to UPSC exam candidates from underprivileged financial backgrounds.[34] Sood was announced as the Delhi Government's brand ambassador of its Desh ke Mentor ("country mentor") programme by the Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on 27 August 2021.[35]

Actor Sonu Sood with Global Health Physician Dr Edmond Fernandes

SANKALP is one of the flagship campaigns of the Sood Charity Foundation. It is a free law entrance coaching program to assist people with academic guidance and other essential resources for CLAT and AILET exam preparation. The goal has been to bridge the gap between the less-privileged deserving candidates and Law schools.[36]

The train accident in Odisha's Balasore resulted in the death of over 250 people and left more than 1,000 injured. Sonu launched Helpline For Odisha Train Accident Victims and requests the government to set up a relief fund.[37][38]

Fraudsters impersonating Sood Charity Foundation[edit]

Across the country there are many volunteers and agents who have possibly associated to support the work of the organization and have started contacting people via twitter, Facebook and Instagram to impersonate Sonu Sood and Sonali Sood and are collecting fees in his name.[citation needed] They take the money online via bank transfers[39] and later withdraw the money via ATM machines. Reports also suggest that they spoof emails of Sood Charity Foundation. The Foundation has not actively taken steps to ensure this stops and contacting the foundation senior management is near impossible to most civilians.

Social work during the COVID-19 pandemic[edit]

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.[40][41][42] 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.[43][44] His charity during the pandemic was lauded, and he was hailed as a real-life hero in India.[45]

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.[46] 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.[47] On his birthday he launched a website and app called Pravasi Rojgar to help migrant workers find suitable jobs amid the pandemic.[48][49] On 19 February 2021, Sood launched an initiative 'Ilaaj India' platform to provide healthcare services for needy people.[citation needed] In December 2020 he published I Am No Messiah, autobiographical book, narrating his journey to become an actor, and narrating his social work during the pandemic.[50]

On 17 April 2021, Sonu Sood tested positive for Coronavirus disease. He also shared a message for his fans in his post that read: "Covid – positive. Mood and spirit – super positive. Hi everyone, this is to inform you that I have tested positive this morning for COVID-19. As a part of precautions, I have already quarantined myself and taking utmost care. But don't worry this gives me ample time to solve your problems. Remember I am always there for you all."[51]

In 2021, Sood provided much-needed oxygen plants and cylinders for COVID-19 patients in India.[52] Sood and Kumar Vishwas have supported the Aao Gaon Bachayein ("Save the Villages") campaign started by comic poet and satirist Pankaj Prasun.[53][54]


  • Sood, Sonu; Iyer, Meena (2020). I Am No Messiah. Penguin India. ISBN 978-0-14-345198-3.


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