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Tollywood rushing towards Sonu Sood

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Sonu Sood proved his mettle as an actor and emerged as a star across the country. He has done impressive movies in Telugu, Hindi and Tamil languages. The actor during the coronavirus pandemic time helped lakhs of migrant workers and thousands of youngsters who are in need. He spent lakhs of money and emerged as a real hero. The actor was appreciated by the people, politicians and actors for his golden heart. He returned back to work recently and is currently shooting for Bellamkonda Sreenivas’ Alludu Adhurs in Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad.

He is residing in Ramoji Film City and the actor is rushed with several offers. Going with the news, six directors met Sonu Sood in the last couple of days and narrated scripts. Several producers are keen to rope in Sonu Sood in their upcoming films considering the positivity and popularity of the actor. Several filmmakers are keen to cash his craze. Sonu Sood is also a fine actor and he has his diary full for the rest of this year.

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Sonu Sood conferred with Special Humanitarian Award

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Actor Sonu Sood who is one of the finest actors of Indian cinema proved that he is a man with a golden heart too. He stood as a helping hand for lakhs of migrant workers who have been struggling to reach their hometowns during this coronavirus pandemic time. For his exceptional work during this coronavirus team, he is conferred with the prestigious SDG Special Humanitarian Award by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Sonu Sood is also providing free education and medical facilities for young children in the country. Sonu Sood received the award in a virtual ceremony. Sonu Sood thanked UNDP for the felicitation. Sonu Sood recently joined the sets of Bellamkonda Sreenivas’s Alludu Adhurs which will release soon. Sonu Sood is also busy endorsing various brands and is rushed with several offers in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil languages.

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Political colour assumes as Sonu Sood emerges Covid-19 hero

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“Vadala bommali vadala”. When Sonu Sood as ‘Pasupathi’ mouthed the dialogue in the movie ‘Arundhati’ it gave goose bumps. Soon, it had become a rage and a staple dialogue for many people across the two states.

Now, the deadly spectre of corona seems to have taken the Pasupathi role. The world’s most feared villain ‘coronavirus’ is driving a chill in the spine of people killing them by the dozens. Covid-19 is refusing to die down saying
“Ninnu vadala”. The pandemic is the most despised rogue, real evildoer and lethal. It shows no compassion.

Flus, plagues and diseases are familiar villains in human history, but they bring out the best of character in people. While Covid-19 is wreaking havoc with peoples lives, the pandemic brought out the best in Sonu Sood. The hero in him far outweighed the ‘reel villain’ in him.

First, he had offered his Juhu Hotel in Mumbai for the frontline warriors including the doctors, nurses and the para-medical staff to stay there.
“We can collectively win this fight against Covid-19,” were the soothing words of Sonu Sood. After offering his Juhu hotel to healthcare workers, Sonu Sood has taken up another Herculean task – feeding 45,000 people daily in Mumbai.

Sood seems to have a soft corner for people of two Telugu states. The actor, who played several negative shades in Telugu big hits like Julayi, Athadu, Ek Niranjan, Super, Kandireega, Abhinetri not to forget Arundhati, stretched his helping hand in these cruel times when even kind words are difficult to come by.

In a gesture to give back to the Telugu people who have patronised him for decades, Sood had gifted a tractor to a farmer in Chittoor district. After a netizen sent a video of two young girls ploughing the fields with a yoke, Sood came forward to help the farmer’s family by gifting a tractor.

With more than 1 lakh total confirmed cases and a total of 1,148 Covid-19 deaths, Andhra Pradesh has been India’s one of the top-most affected states. In this scenario, Sood has emerged as an unlikely hero for his ongoing efforts to help people in Andhra Pradesh. His efforts have highlighted the incompetence of the Andhra Pradesh government to come to the rescue of people in the state.

Two days after gifting the tractor’s family in Andhra Pradesh, Sood has responded to a video sent to his Twitter handle. The video showed a techie selling vegetables in Hyderabad after she lost her job due the coronavirus outbreak. Responding to the video, Sonu Sood offered a job.
Sonu Sood has earned immense praise for providing help to the farmer’s family, the techie vegetable seller, frontline warriors in Mumbai and stranded migrant workers in Maharashtra.

Hyderabad is India’s major IT hub only after Bengaluru. K T Rama Rao is the IT minister. It is unfortunate that a techie had to sell vegetables on the street in a city that is known to be the citadel of the IT industry and reflects the utter failure of the IT ministry to safeguard the interests of the techies.

While Sood is reaching out to people in both the states, discordant voices are attaching political motives to the actor. The actor, known to be a BJP sympathiser, has drawn criticism from certain political quarters for his gesture. Rattled by the ‘generosity’ of Sood, some political parties sought to draw a BJP link to his help to people in the two Telugu states even as the saffron party is looking to gain a foothold in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The central BJP leadership also appointed new BJP presidents in the two states. Some leaders called Sood as a BJP stooge which is unfortunate. The actor had faced similar assault in Maharashtra from Shiv Sena, once the BJP ally. What are the YSRCP and TRS leaders insecure about?

This reminds one of the famous quote, “Those who can do, those who cannot criticise.”

Kudos to Sonu Sood. Your gesture is quite soothing in these times when human values have hit the nadir. May his tribe grow.

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Chiranjeevi’s 152nd: Sonu Sood on why he’s proud of the project

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Actor Sonu Sood says he is proud to be a part of Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi’s upcoming 152nd film which is helmed by Koratala Siva.

“It makes me very proud to be associated with the project and sharing screen space with Chiranjeevi Sir. The south Indian film industry has been very embracing of me and I hope with this film I am able to give them back the same amount of love through my work,” said Sonu.

The actor has in the past worked in southern projects such as the Kannada comedy “Vishnuvardhana” (2011), the Tamil romance “Raja” (2002), the Telugu drama “Hands Up!” (2000).

Meanwhile, his next Bollywood outing “Prithviraj” is a historical drama that traces the life of King Prithviraj Chauhan. The film stars Akshay Kumar in the titular role and marks the debut of former Miss World Manushi Chhillar.

Sonu will also be seen in the Tamil film “Thamilarasan”, an action drama starring Vijay Antony and directed by Babu Yogeswaran.

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Speculation: Samantha in a Sports Biopic

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Samantha Akkineni is riding high on the success of Oh Baby and the actress is on a break. She wrapped up the shoot of 96 remake and is currently holidaying in Europe along with her family. There are wide speculations that the actress has been approached for the biopic of ace shuttler and champion PV Sindhu. Top Bollywood actor Sonu Sood will bankroll this prestigious project.

Sonu Sood was in talks with a couple of Bollywood actresses but it did not work out. The talks are currently in advanced stages and a big announcement will be made soon. Sonu Sood will reprise the role of PV Sindhu’s coach Pullela Gopichand in the movie. The regular shoot may commence during the end of this year and will release in all the Indian languages.

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Sonu Sood returns to Tollywood as politician

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Versatile actor Sonu Sood played many prominent roles in Telugu films. He shifted focus on Hindi films and stayed away from Tollywood for quite some time now. After a brief hiatus, he is returning to Telugu films with an interesting role.

As per the reports, Sonu Sood is going to play a politician in director Teja’s upcoming film which has young hero Bellamkonda Srinivas in the lead role. Sonu Sood is impressed with the character penned by Teja and immediately signed the dotted line.

Sonu Sood started prepping up for his role and will soon join the sets. The film has Kajal Aggarwal as the female lead.

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Sonu quits ‘Manikarnika…’; Kangana blames male chauvinism

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Actor Sonu Sood has walked out of ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’ owing to his professional commitment towards ‘Simmba’. But Kangana Ranaut, the leading lady of the film, has claimed that he left the movie as he “refused to work under a woman director”.

With Krish being busy with his other film, Kangana has stepped in to direct the patchwork of “Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi”, which tells the story of Rani Laxmibai.

Sonu, who plays a grey character in Rohit Shetty’s “Simmba”, has grown a beard as part of his looks and is busy shooting the film. But the actor was supposed to have been clean shaven like a warrior in “Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi”, backed by Zee Studios and producer Kamal Jain.

It was reported that the makers of ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’ will tweak the script of the historical biopic because of his new looks for the film “Simmba”. But the plan didn’t work.

“Inconveniencing the team of his current film, to accommodate the demands of another, are against his professional principles. Sonu has taken the higher road ahead and wishes the team of ‘Manikarnika…’ all the best,” Sonu’s spokesperson said in a statement.

Kangana has claimed that Sonu “didn’t even give us tentative dates to match combinations with other actors”.

“He refused to meet me… He refused to work under a woman director. Even though the team suggested that they have full faith in me, it seems, Sonu had neither dates nor faith,” Kangana said.

The actress also said that Sonu decided to incorporate a few ‘kushti’ scenes which were never there in the script.

“He wanted the producers to retain the kushti portions as he made the body for it for four months. How did I know that is happening behind my back? When writers saw the film, they said they don’t want it,” he said.

According to a source close to Sonu, a major reason behind Sonu’s exit from the film is Kangana’s unprofessional attitude and false claims.

“Sonu has never had any problems with anyone in his almost two decade-long career. Sonu has previously worked with the woman filmmaker, Farah Khan. Also, Kangana claims that Sonu had shot the kushti scene behind her back, but surprisingly the director has to be present on the set to shoot a film and not just the actor,” added the source.

“Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi” is slated to release on January 25 next year.

Kamal Jain said: “Our team is totally focused and dedicated to finish the patchwork shoot to complete the film on time as our release date of January 25 is set in stone. The post-production and VFX is going on in full swing.”

Kamal also expressed his wish to work with Sonu again.

“With a heavy heart, we have mutually decided to part ways due to his date unavailability. He is a thorough professional. I would love to work with him again,” he said.

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‘Manikarnika…’ script tweaked because of Sonu’s new look

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Actor Sonu Sood says the makers of “Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi” have tweaked the script of the historical biopic because of his new look for the film “Simmba”.

Sonu will be seen playing a grey character in Rohit Shetty’s “Simmba”, and has grown a beard as part of his look. But the actor sports a clean shaven look in “Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi”.

According to a source, Sonu has to shoot few scenes of “Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi”. The makers of the film have come out with a way to adjust his new look in the narrative.

“I have to sport a beard for ‘Simmba’ and also simultaneously shoot for the patch work left for ‘Manikarnika…’,” Sonu said in a statement to IANS.

“To avoid any continuity problem, the makers of ‘Manikarnika…’ decided to tweak the script,” he added.

Directed by Krish, “Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi” tells story of Rani Laxmibai. Sonu will be seen as a warrior in the film, backed by Zee Studios and producer Kamal Jain.

“Since Sonu plays a warrior in the movie, his character would return after couple of years with beard to avoid continuity problem,” the source said.

“Manikarnika-The Queen of Jhansi”, also starring Kangana Ranaut, is slated to release on January 25, 2019.

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Sonu Sood to announce second international project soon

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Actor-producer Sonu Sood is going through some offers for international projects, and says he will make an announcement soon.

The actor made his international debut with Jackie Chan-starrer “Kung Fu Yoga” last year.

“There are a few offers that have been made. I will announce them as soon as they convert. (I am) hoping everything goes fine with them and I am really excited to share them,” Sonu told IANS.

Sonu, on behalf of Sony Pix for ‘Martial Arts PIXathon’, says working with Chan was an enriching experience.

He said: “Jackie Chan is one of the most humble guys I have come across… He never made anyone around him feel small, and made everyone feel special.

“He is also one of the most disciplined actors with whom I worked out at 5 a.m. and learned stunts from him and his team.”

At the moment, Sonu is excited for his forthcoming war drama “Paltan”, being directed by J.P. Dutta.

“I am very excited about ‘Paltan’ and I always wanted to play a soldier in any film in my career and also working with J.P. Dutta, known best for his war films, was part of my wishlist.”

He will also be seen in “Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi” and Kannada film “Kurukshetra” and is working on a biopic on badminton star P.V. Sindhu.

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Telugu Heroes Insecure of Sonu Sood?

Ace director Rajamouli says that he prefers powerful villains in his movies, and he reasons that when a hero beats a powerful villain, his heroism gets elevated and he is even more revered. Our Telugu heroes are following his technique and are making sure to rope in powerful and menacing villains, but with one condition, they shouldn’t be good looking and stylish. This condition is said to be the precise reason why Sonu Sood has been missing in Telugu films.

3-4 years ago, Sonu Sood used to part of half a dozen Telugu films a year. However, he hasn’t acted in a straight Telugu film in past three years, his last appearance was in Mahesh Babu’s ‘Aagadu’ (2014). Interestingly, he wasn’t the first choice in that film as he replaced Prakash Raj.

It is heard that Tollywood heroes are so insecure of Sonu’s macho and stylish looks that they are explicitly asking directors not to cast him in their films. With Tollywood being a Hero-dominated film industry, Sonu Sood had to lose offers because of the stylish looks with which he dominates most of the heroes.

To his credit, Sonu has recently shared screen space with Jackie Chan in ‘Kung Fu Yoga’ and is currently busy with Bollywood films.

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When you’re an outsider in Bollywood, no one wants to meet you: Sonu Sood

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He began his career with modelling, ventured into Hindi filmdom with “Shaheed-E-Azam” in 2002 and last year he featured with international star Jackie Chan in a movie. Actor Sonu Sood says he faced his share of challenges in Bollywood, but paved his way with talent.

Asked if he faced any kind of discrimination when he joined the industry, Sonu told IANS in an email interview: “When I joined the industry, I definitely faced a lot of challenges. When you are an outsider, no one wants to meet you, no one wants to listen to you, or see your work.

“So, at that time, one is just bothered to get into the right door for opportunities rather than work. I think that’s one tough thing that every newcomer faces. I also faced the same, and to be honest, it’s okay.”

The actor, who turned 42 on July 30, says he was “well prepared” for the bumpy ride in Bollywood.

“I believe everyone has to face their own set of struggles in their life,” said the actor, who has featured in films like “Dabangg”, “Jodhaa Akbar”, “Happy New Year” and “R. Rajkumar”. His filmography got enhanced by “Kung Fu Yoga” with martial arts icon Jackie Chan.

It’s been “quite a pleasant journey”, he says.

“But like I always say, my mom used to remind me of that famous line ‘The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep’,” he said when asked if he feels that he has achieved all as an actor.

The Nagpur-born actor, who has featured in southern movies too, says even though an outsider in filmdom, his journey has been very good.

“It’s always tough for many outsiders to get into the film industry, but I think God was kind. The wishes of my parents were doing the trick, so everything fell in place,” he said.

Sonu said that no matter how successful he becomes in life, he will always give 100 per cent to his craft.

Last year, the “Singh Is Kinng” actor established the production house Shakti Sagar Productions, which is named after his late father Shakti Sagar. He is now set to produce a biopic on Olympics women’s badminton silver medallist P.V. Sindhu.

Asked if he has finalised who would be playing the pivotal role and the film’s title, Sonu said: “We have just locked the script of P.V. Sindhu. It’s on the final lines of completion, so let’s see who is the lucky one to do it. We have figured a few names, but are still working on it.”

Will Sonu be part of the biopic too?

“Like I mentioned before, the script is in the final stages, once we lock the final draft, we will try to then make a list of casting actors that even includes me,” he said.

What else is in his kitty?

“Currently, I am working in a Telugu film, three Hindi films which include J.P. Dutta’s ‘Paltan’ that will soon go on floors. There is one big announcement coming soon (later) this week. So yes, there are a couple of things in the pipeline and they are looking great so far.

“I just have to give my best and keep the clock ticking.”

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Would love to see Deepika as P.V. Sindhu in my film: Sonu Sood

After producing “Tutak Tutak Tutiya”, Sonu Sood is busy working on his next production — a biopic on badminton player P.V. Sindhu and says he would love to see Deepika Padukone portraying the character.

Sindhu became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal in 2016.

“I would love to see Deepika playing character of Sindhu in my film. She is a fine actress. We are still in scripting stage. If the part is offered to her and she likes the script and director, and has the time for it, she will surely give her nod.

“After the completion of the script, I would like to approach her for this role because when you become producer, it becomes a huge responsibility to present a strong script in front of actors,” Sonu said here on the sidelines of the 20-year celebration of the movie “Border”.

Deepika is the daughter of ace badminton player Prakash Padukone and she herself has been a badminton player at the national level in her school days. But Deepika is fully invested in “Padmavati” as of now.

Sonu and Deepika have earlier worked together in “Happy New Year”.

Commenting on the progress of the Sindhu biopic, Sonu said: “We are in continuous touch with P.V. Sindhu and her family members. The first draft of the story has been completed and in the coming one or two months, we will be able to lock the script. We are in talks with other actresses as well, but till the time the script is not completed actors also doesn’t get excited for the film.”

Another film on badminton player Saina Nehwal is in the works with actress Shraddha Kapoor playing the title role.

Asked about the similarities between the two films, Sonu said: “Shraddha is a great actress and I know she will do a great job with it. The only common aspect in both the films is badminton but their life and journey towards glory is completely different. I feel these stories will inspire people who live in villages or small cities to become better sportspersons.”

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P V Sindhu’s biopic by Sonu Sood : Hopes to inspire millions

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Olympic Silver Medallist P V Sindhu’s will be joining the bandwagon of sportsperson whose stories are portrayed on the big screen. Actor-producer Sonu Sood is set to draw Sindhu’s life on screen. Sonu got the idea when she won the silver medal and subsequently his team researched about her life for around eight months.

He feels that this is apt time for making biopic on Sindhu, considering the fact that other sports are gaining prominence in the country. The script is being developed once it is finalized and the actors/actress will be decided. Sindhu 21, hopes that her story will inspires millions to follow their dreams.

Sachin Tendulkar’s biopic is all set to hit the screens towards the end of this month. Saina Nehwal announced last week that actress Shraddha Kapoor is lead actress in her biopic which will release in 2018.

In the recent past biopics of several sports personalities including MS Dhoni, Mohammed Azharuddin, Mary Kom, Milkha Singh have been painted on the big screen.

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Sonu Sood making his Comeback

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Actor Sonu Sood made a massive impact in Tollywood with his stupendous performance. Athadu, Arundathi, Julayi and Super stand among his best movies in his career. After doing more than two dozen films in Telugu cinema, the actor has been staying away because of his latest debacles. It was Aagadu which was his last straight Telugu film and his recent bilingual Abhinetri too ended up as a massive disappointment. The actor is thriving hard to make his comeback to Tollywood despite of staying busy with many films.

As per the latest news, Sonu Sood will be seen essaying a crucial role in Trivikram’s next film which is currently under shoot. Pawan Kalyan is the lead actor and Keerthy Suresh, Anu Emannuel are the female leads. Sonu Sood will be seen essaying the role of a businessman and will be seen in a crucial role with negative shades. Produced by Haarika and Hassinee Creations, the movie is all set for September release.

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