He was a student of mechanical engineering but loved history nevertheless. The reason actor Sonu Sood cites for this is that he always wanted to know more about the world around him.
His interest proved fruitful in the long run. It stood Sonu in good stead in his portrayal of Habibur Rehman in Shyam Benegal’s epic, Bose: The Forgotten Hero.
That was three years ago. Now the actor is ready with yet another historical character. This time he plays Jodhaa’s brother Sujamal in Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Jodhaa Akbar.
“It is very satisfying for an actor to be able to play a historical personage. In my case it is even more special because of my interest,” says Sonu.
Jodhaa Akbar isn’t only Gowarikar’s dream project. Sonu, too, feels that the film will meet expectations despite a delayed release.
The film finally hits screens on February 15. Was this delay the reason why one didn’t see Sonu in theatres for almost two years?
“Certainly. This is a prized project and I did not sign any films till it was complete. Many started speculating that my stint in films was over,” says the actor, who has three big releases lined up this year.
Playing Sujamal involved sporting a new look. He also had to shed a few pounds for the role.
“Ashutosh is a good director, one of the few you can completely depend on. He briefed me on Sujamal with copious tips on his style of eating and walking. What also helped was a book gifted to me by my mother on the Mughals and Rajputs with its detailed character and personality sketch of Sujamal,” says Sonu.
The actor feels that a period drama is always a challenge as one has to bring alive a character that has been in the books and has been perceived in many different ways. That’s why he also rates this role as the most complicated one he has ever done.
“It was the case with all the actors, Hrithik and Aishwarya included. Mine is the third most important role in the film after the characters of Jodha and Akbar and I enjoyed every bit of playing it,” he says.
Sonu’s other releases this year include Sooraj Barjatiya’s Ek Vivaah Aisi Bhi and Anees Bazmee’s Singh is King. And be
prepared for a big surprise from the man: “I am the new Prem in Ek Vivaah Aisi Bhi. Which young actor doesn’t want to play Prem? This time I am the lucky one,” says the actor.