Like actress Diana Penty, actor Sonu Sood believes modelling is definitely ‘one station closer to Bollywood’.
“I started as a model just to survive. I did not even know a single soul in this city (Mumbai). No connection in Bollywood, never knew anyone, so where to start from… So, I thought modelling (was the best option) to pay those monthly rents and daily expenses,” Sonu said in an interview.
He said acting has always been his passion and ‘modelling just happened by chance’. He is a qualified engineer who has featured in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu films.
With no Bollywood backing, the actor says he faced many difficulties in his initial days when he was trying his luck in the Hindi film industry.
He ventured into showbiz in 1999 with Tamil film Kallazhagar, and his filmography has recently been enhanced by a project with international icon Jackie Chan.
As a model, Sonu had participated in the Graviera Mr. India contest in 1996 but didn’t get to wear the crown. But just over 15 years later, Graviera chose him as its brand ambassador.
The 43-year-old Nagpur-born actor, who is popular for his well-chiselled body and physique, says he had “no plans to be a model”.
“I faced all the difficulties in the world — from travelling in local trains to trying to get an entry into office and trying to even get an appointment to show my photographs. It had been really tough. I knew it would be a tough journey when I came to this city (Mumbai),” said Sonu, who has now featured in films like Salman Khan’s “Dabangg” and Shah Rukh Khan-starrer “Happy New Year”.
“I knew I had to take a step forward and come to this city and make my parents proud. I came to this city not just for my dreams, but with an ambition to make everyone proud,” he added.
After working with Shah Rukh, Salman, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Akshay Kumar, Sonu has taken a huge leap into sharing screen space with legendary actor Jackie Chan in the upcoming Sino-Indian film “Kung Fu Yoga”.
“I think the journey has been good,” he said. “Not been bad at all for an outsider… But there are still miles to go.” – CINEWS