SONALEE KULKARNI, 23, Actor
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.
“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”