Sonali Kulkarni (born 3 November 1974) is an Indian actress. She was born in Pune. She has worked in Kannada, Gujarati, Marathi, Hindi, and Tamil films. She is known for her roles in Doghi, Deool, Dil Chahta Hai, Singham, and Taxi No 9211.
Sonali Kulkarni first made her appearance on the screen in a Kannada film titled Cheluvi directed by Girish Karnad. She has appeared in many films including an Italian film titled Fuoco Su di Me for which she won an award in the 2006 Milan International Film Festival.
Apart from acting, she was an editor with Viva, a supplement of Marathi daily newspaper Loksatta from June 2005 till May 2007. She used to pen a weekly column called "So Kool". The columns are published in the book So Kool by Rajahansa Prakashan. Actor Nana Patekar on the release of this book said, "Whenever I read her articles, I feel she is talking to me. There is so much of simplicity in her writing."
She has also worked with Doordarshan channel and did some films like Gulabari in 1994 in Hindi which telecast in 1995 and Kata Rute Kunala in 1996 in Marathi for which she has also got RAPA Award-Best television performance of the year.
She was also seen in one story (Kya Yahi Pyaar Hai-Directed by Tanuja Chaturvedi) of Star Bestsellers TV Series telecast in 1999-2000 on Star Plus.
Kulkarni was born to Maharashtrian father and Tamil mother in Pune, Maharashtra. Her father is an engineer and she has two brothers: Sandeep and Sandesh. She completed her schooling from Abhinava Vidyalaya and did her graduation from Ferguson College, where she majored in Political Science and got a scholarship in Marathi literature. For her interest in acting she attended a workshop by Satyadev Dubey after which she and Sandesh formed a theater group called Samanvay. Sandesh is now a film director.
Sonali's first brief marriage with Chandrakant Kulkarni, film and theatre director and writer, ended in a divorce. Since 24 May 2010 she is married to Nachiket Pantvaidya, current head of Sony Entertainment Television.
Sonali's first movie was Cheluvi aka the Flowering Tree (1992). The film is based on a Karnataka folk tale. Directed and written by Girish Karnad, it reflects on the role of women in Indian society (to serve loved ones without expectations, and regardless of her own suffering) and also contains an environmental message relating to deforestation. The film was shown at the Cannes Film Festival.
Cheluvi, a young woman whose family lives in poverty, possesses a magical power which enables her to turn into a flowering tree. One day she confides in her sister and together they go deep into a forest. When her sister pours a pitcher of water over Cheluvi, she turns into the tree that grows exotic flowers which exude an intoxicating fragrance. Cheluvi instructs her sister to carefully gather as many of the flowers as she can without breaking any of her branches. After she had done so, her sister pours a second pitcher of water over Cheluvi, who then regains her human form.
On one of these trips to the forest, the sisters are followed by Kumar, the son of the village headman. Besotted by both Cheluvi and her fragrance, Kumar marries her, and they enjoy her flowering in private. One day, while Cheluvi is flowering in a private pool, she is spotted by the children of a nearby house. While Kumar is away, the village headman’s daughter Shyama persuades Cheluvi to reveal her secret, and forces her to flower in the forest. She and the other children then carelessly break her branches as they gather the flowers, permanently injuring both the woman and the tree.
Cheluvi asks the woodcutter who has taken her home to place her in front of her husband’s house. Kumar recognizes her, and together they venture into the forest. Cheluvi explains that if they can find her missing branches she will be able to regain her human form, but they discover that dozens of trees have now been felled and they are unable to find her branches.
- 2015: Filmfare Awards (Marathi), "Best Actress". "Dr. Prakash Baba Amte- the real hero"
- 1996: RAPA Awards, "Best television performance of the year", "Kata Rute Kunala (Marathi)"
- 1996: Filmfare Awards(Marathi), "Best Actress", Doghi
- 2002: National Film Award - Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Non-Feature Film), Chaitra
- 2004: Star Screen Awards(Marathi), "Best Actress", Devrai
- 2005: Milan International Film Festival, "Best Actress", Fuoco Su Di Me (Fire At My Heart)
- Suvarnaratna Awards: 2015 (Best Actress)
- 2001: Filmfare Awards, Best Supporting Actress, Mission Kashmir
- 2001: Screen Weekly Awards Best Supporting Actress, Mission Kashmir
|2015||Aga Bai Arechyaa 2||Shubhangi Hemant Kudalkar||Marathi|
|2014||Dr. Prakash Baba Amte||Dr. Mandakini Amte||Marathi|
|2013||Pune 52||Prachi Apte||Marathi|
|2013||The Good Road||Kiran||Gujarati||Selected as the Indian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards, but failed to get a nomination|
|2011||Singham||Megha Kadam||Hindi||director Rohit Shetty|
|2010||Ringa Ringa||Manasi Desai||Marathi||Director Sanjay Jadhav DREAMING 24by7 production|
|2010||Well Done Abba||Vikas Jha's wife||Hindi|
|2010||The Camp||Sonali Manthe||Hindi|
|2009||Love Khichdi||Shanta Bheemrao Bhansode||Hind|
|2009||Shadow||Inspector Sanjana Singh Rajpoot||Hindi|
|2009||Tya Ratri Paus Hota||Marathi|
|2008||Rishton Ki Machine||Hindi|
|2008||Rama Rama Kya Hai Ye Drama||Hindi|
|2008||Vasudev Balwant Phadke||Bhawani||Marathi|
|2008||Via Darjeeling||Rimli Sharma / Sangeeta||Hindi|
|2007||Strangers||Nandini S. Rai||Hindi|
|2006||I See You||Kuljeet A. Kapoor||Hindi|
|2006||Darna Zaroori Hai||Mrs. Pilgaonkar||Hindi|
|2006||Taxi Number 9211||Mrs. Sunita R. Shastri||Hindi|
|2005||Love is Blind||Gujarati|
|2005||Fuoco Di Su Me||Graziella||Italian|
|2004||Bride & Prejudice||Chandra Lamba||English|
|2004||Hanan||Devi Bhagwati / Pagli||Hindi|
|2004||Silence Please... The Dressing Room||Reporter Aparna Sen||Hindi|
|2004||1:1.6 An Ode to Lost Love||Asha||English|
|2002||Dil Vil Pyar Vyar||Gauri||Hindi|
|2002||Kitne Door Kitne Paas||Jaya Patel||Hindi|
|2001||Dil Chahta Hai||Pooja||Hindi|
|2001||Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya||Geeta||Hindi|
|2000||Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar||Ramabai Ambedkar||Hindi|
|2000||Mission Kashmir||Neelima Khan||Hindi|
|2000||Kairee||Kamli's daughter (adult)||Marathi|
|1999–2000||Kya Yahi Pyaar Hai||Anju||Hindi||a story of Star Bestsellers TV Series-telecast on Star Plus in 1999-2000|
|1999||Jahan Tum Le Chalo||Namrata Shorey||Hindi|
|1996||Badalte Rishte||Ulka||Hindi||TV Serial|
|1996||Vrindavan Film Studios||Radha||English|
|1996||Kata Rute Kunala||Meera||Marathi||Telecast on Doordarshan and also got RAPA Award-Best television performance of the year|
|1994||Gulabari||Gulabari||Hindi||a Doordarshan production-telecast in 1995|
|1992||Cheluvi||Cheluvi||Kannada||a Doordarshan production|
Reality TV shows
- ↑ 49TH NATIONAL FILM AWARD. Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (26 July 2002). Retrieved on 1 Dec 2011.
- ↑ So Kul - the book. Sonalikulkarni.org (Official website). Retrieved on 1 Dec 2011.
- ↑ Sonali Kulkarni Marries Second Time. Times of India (25 May 2010). Retrieved on 1 Dec 2011.
- ↑ Sonali Kulkarni gets best actress award for "Fuoco Di Su Me". Indiaglitz.com (11 Apr 2006). Retrieved on 1 Dec 2011.
- ↑ K. Moti Gokulsing; Wimal Dissanayake (17 April 2013). Routledge Handbook of Indian Cinemas. Routledge. pp. 77–. ISBN 978-1-136-77284-9. https://books.google.com/books?id=djUFmlFbzFkC&pg=PA77. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
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