In the year 2002, he did his Bollywood debut with the movie ‘Shaheed-E-Azam’. He did many Hindi, Tamil and Telugu movies and rose to fame in 2005 with the Bollywood movie ‘Aashiq Banaya Aapne’.
In 2011, he did his Kannada movie debut with the film ‘Vishnuvardhana’. In the year 2016, he made his Mandarin film debut with the movie ‘Xuanzang’. The same year, he made his Urdu film debut with a Pakistani film ‘Ishq Positive’.
He did many Telugu, Tamil and Hindi movies such as Super, Ashok, Arundhati, Jodha Akbar, Anjaneyulu, Ek Niranjan, Dabangg, etc.
In July 2016, he created the production house Shakti Sagar Productions, which bears the name of his father, Shakti Sagar Sood. He married Sonali in 1996. They have two sons.
Sonu Sood Social work during the COVID-19 pandemic
In May 2020, during the national lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sood helped thousands of stranded Indian migrant workers reach their homes by organizing buses, special trains and charter flights for them. In July 2020, he organized a chartered flight to bring home more than 1,500 Indian students stranded in Kyrgyzstan, transporting them from Bishkek to Varanasi. His charity during the pandemic was praised and he was hailed as a real life hero in India.
On July 25, 2020, a video of a farmer’s daughters plowing a field, like bulls with a yoke on their shoulders, went viral on social media. Sood quickly sent the family a tractor.
On August 5, 2020, he helped 101 medical students, mostly from Tamil Nadu, stranded in Moscow during the lockdown, to reach Chennai safely on a chartered flight he organized after contacting his team for help. On his birthday, he launched a website and app called Pravasi Rojgar to help migrant workers find decent jobs amid the pandemic.
Sonu Sood: Controversies
Sonu Sood landed in a controversy after Producer Sheetal Talwar filed a fraud case against him. As per Sheetal, Sood lent him a property in Yari Road, Mumbai citing that it was free of any legal dispute, but it wasn’t.
Sonu Sood landed in another controversy after he stepped out of the film ‘Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi.’ Kangna alleged him of leaving the film as Sood was not ready to work with a female director. To this, Sonu Sood stated that Kangana is a dear friend and she will always remain one but this constant playing the woman card, the victim card and making this entire issue about male chauvinism is ridiculous. The gender of the director is not an issue. Competence is. Let’s not confuse the two. I’ve worked with Farah Khan who’s a competent woman director and Farah and I had a great professional equation and we are still best of friends. That’s all I would like to say.