I MISS MY MOM AND DAD: SONU

The ac­tor talks about how he used to cel­e­brate his birthdays when his par­ents were alive My par­ents re­ally made sure that it was a spe­cial day for me. They used to plan a lot of things. I think my mem­o­ries of cel­e­brat­ing it as a child will al­ways be speci

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Ac­tor Sonu Sood (left), who turns 43 to­day, says ever since his par­ents’ death, his birth­day cel­e­bra­tions have been no gala af­fairs. “I miss my mom and dad. They brought me into this world and I wish they were with me on my birth­day. So, I don’t cel­e­brate it much. I’d go out with my fam­ily and my close ones, who have been by my side through the years. But I am not the one who will throw par­ties on his birth­day,” says Sonu.

Born in Moga, Pun­jab, in 1974, Sonu moved to Nag­pur to pur­sue a de­gree in elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing. For his ad­mis­sion, he got a bike as birth­day gift from his father. “That one birth­day will al­ways be spe­cial,” he says. In the past, Sonu says, his friends used to be more ex­cited about his birth­day than him as there used to be lav­ish par­ties. He says, “My par­ents re­ally made sure that it was a spe­cial day for me. They used to plan a lot of things. I think my mem­o­ries of cel­e­brat­ing it as a child will al­ways be spe­cial.”

Hav­ing made his de­but in 2000, Sonu ad­mits he never thought that he would sur­vive in the in­dus­try for so long. “I am very shy by na­ture. When I came to Mum­bai, I had no idea that I would be able to sur­vive or do so many films. But for an out­sider to do more than 70-80 films in dif­fer­ent lan­guages is a big deal. I re­mem­ber, in 2009, I had said in an in­ter­view, ‘who knows I might work with Jackie Chan one day’. Seven years later I ac­tu­ally did. That’s what I mean. I never had for­mal train­ing in this field, but I was al­ways ready to learn and work hard. How­ever, my mom used to say, I still have ‘miles to go be­fore I sleep,’” he says.

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