Sonali Kulkarni

Marathi Actress, Dancer, Editor


A critically acclaimed Indian actress and an absolutely enchanting dancer, Sonali is best known for her bubbly and girl-next-door character in the iconic film Dil Chahta Hai

When she was a child her passion was acting and she even got a chance to act during the Ganesh Mahotsav celebrations. 

She was enrolled in the Abhinav Vidhyalaya in Pune, and after completing schooling attended Fergusson College, where she majored in Political Science and got a scholarship in Marathi literature.

After attending a workshop by Satyadev Dubey, she and her brother Sandesh formed a theater group and called it 'Samanvay'.

Sonali Kulkarni first made her appearance on the screen in a Kannada film titled 'Cheluvi', directed by Girish Karnad.

She is known for her roles in 'Dr Babashaeb Ambedkar', 'Doghi', 'Dil Chahta Hai'and'Singham'.

Apart from acting, she is also an Editor with 'Viva', a supplement of 'Loksatta', and pens a weekly column called 'So Kool'.

Awards and Accomplishments

Awards and Accomplishments

She has appeared in many films including an Italian film titled ‘Fuoco Su di Me’, for which she won an award in the 2006 ‘Milan International Film Festival’.

She received a ‘Special Jury Award’ at the 49th National Film Awards in 2002 for her role in a short film in ‘Chaitra’. 

Kulkarni showed her dancing skills in the popular celebrity-dance competition show ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa’ on Sony TV.

She won the ‘Best Actor award’ for Leading Role in ‘Kaccha Limbu’ in 2018.

Why Sonali Kulkarni ?

After pursuing conventional education for a while, she realized her passion for acting and started her career as a model. Her contribution in the upliftment of regional cinema is commendable. She has also starred in various movies and her television characters are widely popular. She often shares her perspective on retaining her authenticity and legacy during her talks. 

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