From Moga to mainstream Bollywood, actor Sonu Sood has come a long way. But he still refuses to take it easy when it comes to work. He is fetching well-etched roles and signing meaningful scripts both in Bollywood and down South.
In Jalandhar to host the PTC Punjabi Music Awards, the actor gets nostalgic about his early days and his love for everything Punjabi.
Sonu chuckles, "I headed straight to my hometown Moga where I spent quality time with family and friends. It is cathartic to relive the time spent with my parents and sister. I also went to my school."
Sonu, who has earlier hosted Miss India pageants, says, "This is the first big Punjabi event that I am hosting. I am pretty excited because Punjab and Punjabiyat is very dear to me. I love to switch to the Punjabi mode, something I can't do in Mumbai."
The actor, who was appreciated for his negative role in Dabangg, is a big Punjabi music fan. "I started my career with Punjabi music videos for albums by singers such as Gurdas Maan and late Surjit Bindarakhia. Punjabi music of all kinds is close to my heart. Whenever free, I tune in to the latest Punjabi music and also catch songs and films on Punjabi channels."
On the projects in pipeline, Sonu avers, "I am working on Shootout at Wadala where I essay the role of Dawood Ibrahim. This is a challenging role and I am working hard on my character. I saw videos, met some police officers and journalists to prepare for my role."
However, he has opted out of the sequel to Dabangg. "I was not happy with the way the character of Chhedi Ram was developing, I wanted the character to be more powerful in the sequel."
Sonu has also launched his home production, Shakti Productions, and is producing a film under the banner. "The film is titled Lucky Unlucky and it stars Mallika Sherawat opposite me. It is a comedy based on the Jat culture of Haryana," informs Sonu.
He will also be seen in the film Maximum with actor Naseeruddin Shah where he essays the role of an encounter specialist. Sonu is also doing four films in South and has brought the remake rights of some of Tollywood's big music hits.
But when do we see this Punjab da puttar in a Punjabi film? "I am ready to do a Punjabi film if the script and the director are good. I get many offers, but I am not happy with the scripts," he says. Till then let's enjoy his stint in Bollywood.