Star struck

SONALEE KULKA­RNI, 23, Ac­tor

India Today - - SIMPLY PUNE -

With 13 films in her bag, in­clud­ing the National Award win­ning Na­trang, a tele­vi­sion se­rial and sev­eral stage dance shows—all in a five year-long ca­reer, Sonalee Kulka­rni is the Marathi film in­dus­try’s new star-in-the-mak­ing. A grad­u­ate in Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tion from Pune Univer­sity, she won the Best Ac­tress award for Bakula

Namdev Gho­tale in 2008 and was ‘Favourite Hero­ine’ at the Ma­ha­rash­tra­cha Favourite Kaun Awards 2010.

START­ING POINT Kulka­rni first got her port­fo­lio shot when she was 13, be­fore go­ing on to par­tic­i­pate in beauty pageants. She won lo­cal pageants like Miss Pim­pri Chinch­wad be­fore ap­pear­ing for film and TV au­di­tions.

ON HER OWN Learn­ing re­gional di­alects for her films was not easy for a girl raised in a half-marathi, half-pun­jabi house­hold. An­other chal­lenge was cre­at­ing her own iden­tity in an in­dus­try that was fa­mil­iar with a se­nior ac­tor of the same name.

IN­SPI­RA­TION The cam­era. “The real Sonalee comes out only once the cam­era is on,” she says.

THE MIS­SION Hindi films are her ul­ti­mate goal.

Con­tact: sonaleekulka­rni.com

sec­ond opinion

“She has that spe­cial spark

that will take her places”

KEDAR SHINDE, DI­REC­TOR

“Marathi cinema was dom­i­nated by tra­di­tional con­cepts but now, the younger lot is open to new themes that

ap­peal to the youth”

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