Sonu Sood, a familiar face in Hindi movies, has become a huge hit in the Telugu film industry.
The tall and lean actor has had a good 2008 having done Hindi films like Jodhaa Akbar, Singh is Kinng and Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi.
He is also basking in the unprecedented success of the recently released Telugu film Arundhati, one of the runaway hits in the beginning of 2009.
Sonu was brilliant as Pashupati and especially as aghora (he plays a tantric) he sent shivers down our spine.
The unpretentious, friendly and warm actor talks about Arundhati, his role as Pashupati and acting in Telugu films.
I was on the lookout for a new role. When I met the producer (Shyam Prasad Reddy) and director (Kodi Ramakrishna), the role was that of a bouncer. They wanted me to play an aghora and I did not know who an aghora was. The producer and director then showed me some sketches. The only thing I knew was that I would be working with a team which had done its homework. I signed the role purely on instinct.
Besides the script, weren't you influenced by big names like Shyam Prasad Reddy and Kodi Ramakrishna?
The script was the main reason to sign the film. The names were also important.
Text: Radhika Rajamani
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