Actor Sonu Sood was in India for a short while, when he got a break from his ongoing shoot in China. And while here, he opened up his treasure box that he guards with his life. No, it doesn’t have diamonds or money. But “something much more precious,” says Sonu whose mother died in 2007.
“The box contains some of the letters that my mother wrote to me. Some are as old as 16 years. She would write to me to keep me motivated and focused,” says the 42-year-old actor.
“These letters became extremely meaningful when I moved to Mumbai, because I was all by myself - no friends or family. So, she would regularly write to me, and despite the fact that she was in Punjab, she became my strength through these letters. They kept me going through some not-so-nice and tiring times,” he adds.
“I remember, at times, I would tell her to not write saying we could talk over the phone, but she would say she loved writing and that it was her gift to me. And now I know what she meant. After she passed away, these became valuable treasures. I still derive strength from these. She even wrote for my kids. When my eldest of two sons was one year old, she wrote him a letter. Now, when he turned 11, he read it again and was visibly moved,” says the Dabangg actor. “She had a lot of faith in me. When she saw me for the first time on screen, she wrote to me, saying, ‘You have miles to go before you sleep’. She not only kept me motivated, but also grounded.”