Having shared screen space with actors Shah Rukh Khan in Happy New Year (2014) and Salman Khan in Dabangg (2010), actor Sonu Sood clearly does not belong to any one camp. “I am open to work with all good production banners. The reason I get comfortable with any camp is because I’m friends with everyone in the industry,” says Sood who is set to produce his first film Tutak Tutak Tutiya.
There were reports that SRK might make a special appearance in Sood’s maiden production venture after he lent his voice for the trailer of the film, though nothing is confirmed as yet.
Sood, who also shares a close bond with Salman and his brother actor-producer Arbaaz Khan, further adds, “I don’t think my friendship with SRK or my friendship with Salman changes any equation – they are two different sides of the coin. I am equally close to Salman as I am to Shah Rukh.”
The 43-year-old recalls an incident while shooting for Farah Khan’s Happy New Year (2014) and reveals, “While shooting for HNY, I was having lunch with Salman in the studio next door, and again I was shooting with SRK. So it’s not that I discuss both of them with each other. They are great people and they have experienced life; they have sensibility to judge a person. So if I am close to them, they must have seen something in me to do so.”
The actor who made his acting debut in 1999 with a Telugu film and did his first Hindi film in 2002 feels it’s been a rather tough journey in Bollywood. “Especially when you are not from the film industry and come to an alien city not knowing a single soul, things aren’t easy. When I left Moga (Punjab), I promised my parents to work hard and make them proud. So today, whatever little I have achieved is because of them and for them. My dad was never into movies, never saw any film but he became a movie buff after his son became an actor,” shares Sonu who has teamed up with Prabhu Deva and Tamannaah Bhatia for Tutak Tutak Tutiya.
Talking of actors who choose to stick to one camp or don’t gel with others, Sood feels it’s unwise to restrict oneself and let go opportunities. “When you plan things in life, they don’t happen the way you want them. So leave them on destiny. Also be true to your heart. You can’t act when the camera is not rolling. I have seen in our industry (maybe I am wrong), people are better actors off camera than in front of the camera. One has to stop that,” he says.
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