Con­quer­ing Bol­ly­wood

The su­per hot SONU SOOD’s cool style quo­tient and screen pres­ence un­doubt­edly gets the mer­cury lev­els soar­ing high. No won­der, he has the women swoon­ing over him wher­ever he goes. Sharbani Mukher­jee catches up with this ver­sa­tile ac­tor, and finds out more

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You don’t come from a filmi back­ground. How has your jour­ney to Bol­ly­wood been? I hail from a small town of Moga in Pun­jab. I have al­ways heard that it is tough for an out­sider to make a mark. The only thing I had to do was be­lieve in my­self and my dreams and work hard. I think it was my par­ent’s prayers which worked for me and made it eas­ier. I’m sure that with their bless­ings, I’ll find a way al­ways.

You started your ca­reer down South. How dif­fer­ent has Bol­ly­wood been? South has been my learn­ing ground. My un­der­stand­ing of cin­ema de­vel­oped there and it helped me in Bol­ly­wood. I feel that the jour­ney of any ac­tor is very tough. It’s about sur­viv­ing. It is like how long you can hold your breath un­der­wa­ter. You’ll be a strong and suc­cess­ful per­son if you sur­vive that phase of your life.

An en­gi­neer, ac­tor, a pro­ducer and now, an en­tre­pre­neur. How has the tran­si­tion been? Busi­ness is in my blood. My dad was a busi­ness­man. I used to ac­com­pany him to the show­room and deal with the cus­tomers one-on-one. I think it’s all in your genes. So it was bound to come one day. While shoot­ing my first film, my co-ac­tors Shar­man Joshi and Samir Soni had pre­dicted that I’ll be a pro­ducer one day.

Are you keen on di­rect­ing soon? I still have a lot to achieve as an ac­tor and a pro­ducer. Who­ever I’ve worked with till date, be it ac­tors or di­rec­tors, have al­ways felt that I’ll def­i­nitely di­rect a film one day. I hope so too.

How was it work­ing with Jackie Chan? Jackie has been one of the most hum­ble and grounded ac­tors I’ve come across. He is very gen­uine and sin­cere to his craft. He has this spe­cial abil­ity to learn and im­part his knowl­edge about cin­ema to his co-stars. I think the time that I’ve spent with him has been a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for me as an ac­tor. I hope that we work again soon.

You are pro­duc­ing a biopic on PV Sindhu. Will you go on to make an­other biopic? The pro­duc­tion process has started. We’ve got the rights and the script­ing process is on. I think her jour­ney needs to be brought into fo­cus and that it­self will be an inspiration to many as­pir­ing sportsper­sons es­pe­cially girls. About mak­ing an­other, biopic, I think yes. It’s just that some­times you con­nect with some­one and get so in­spired that you want to make a film.

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