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.

She has received a Special Jury Award (non-feature) in the 49th National Film Awards (2002) for her role in a short film in Marathi Chaitra.[1]

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.[2] 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."

Kulkarni showed her dancing skills in the second season of the popular celebrity-dance competition show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa on Sony TV.

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.

Personal life

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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.[3]

Debut Movie

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.





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Year Title Role Language Notes
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 Deool Vahini Saheb Marathi
2011 Singham Megha Kadam Hindi director Rohit Shetty
2011 Mumbai Cutting Hindi
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 Mohandas Meghna Hindi
2009 Gandha Raavi Marathi
2009 Gabhricha Paus Alka Marathi
2009 Tya Ratri Paus Hota Marathi
2009 Gulmohar Vidya 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
2008 Sirf Namita Ranade Hindi
2007 Sakhi Nishi Marathi
2007 Strangers Nandini S. Rai Hindi
2006 Restaurant[5] Marathi
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 White Rainbow Priya Hindi
2005 Dansh Maria Hindi
2005 Devari SeenaMarathi
2005 Fuoco Di Su Me Graziella Italian
2004 Bride & Prejudice Chandra Lamba English
2004 Devrai Seena Marathi
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
2003 Danav Lakshmi Hindi
2002 Dil Vil Pyar Vyar Gauri Hindi
2002 Agni Varsha Nittilai Hindi
2002 Kitne Door Kitne Paas Jaya Patel Hindi
2002 Chaitra Krati Marathi
2002 Junoon 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 Daayraa The Girl 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
1995 Doghi Krishna Marathi
1994 May Madham Sandhya Tamil
1994 Mukta Mukta Marathi
1994 Gulabari Gulabari Hindi a Doordarshan production-telecast in 1995
1992 Cheluvi Cheluvi Kannada a Doordarshan production

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  1. 49TH NATIONAL FILM AWARD. Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (26 July 2002). Retrieved on 1 Dec 2011.
  2. So Kul - the book. (Official website). Retrieved on 1 Dec 2011.
  3. Sonali Kulkarni Marries Second Time. Times of India (25 May 2010). Retrieved on 1 Dec 2011.
  4. Sonali Kulkarni gets best actress award for "Fuoco Di Su Me". (11 Apr 2006). Retrieved on 1 Dec 2011.
  5. K. Moti Gokulsing; Wimal Dissanayake (17 April 2013). Routledge Handbook of Indian Cinemas. Routledge. pp. 77–. ISBN 978-1-136-77284-9. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 

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