Sonu Sood’s remarkable journey from being an engineer to an entertainer is well and truly inspiring. The actor, model and producer is a pass out from Yeshwantrao Chavan College of Engineering in Nagpur with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Sonu Sood started his career in the entertainment industry with South Indian films and made his debut with Tamil film Kallazhagar. The actor carved out a reputation for himself as one of the best villains in the Tollywood industry.
After making a mark in Telugu industry, he made his big Bollywood debut with Shaheed-E-Azam, as Bhagat Singh in the year 2002. Almost over two decades in the industry, Sonu Sood went on to feature in some blockbuster films like Dabangg, Simbaa, Happy New Year and Entertainment among others. Sonu Sood has done Bollywood films like ‘Singh is King’, ’Ek Vivah Aisa Bhi’, ‘Buddah Hoga Tera Baap’ and much more.
Nonetheless, his days of struggle at the start of his career were not that good. When he first came to Mumbai to become an actor, tt took him over 18 months to just figure out the roads and buildings of the city. The actor used to live in a rented 1-BHK flat in Mumbai with many others.
It should be noted that the actor would travel miles to get work in the industry. Now, things changed drastically and the new aspirants can just email their pictures including the details to the agents. Nonetheless, it wasn’t so systematic two decades ago. The actors would have to go from office-to-office in a bid to get work.
However, his mother supported him in always told him to be patient. She always believed that things would turn out good at the right time and they did.
In his initial days in Mumbai, Sonu Sood used to travel with a pass in the local buses of Mumbai. Unlike other stars, Sonu Sood has worked from being Zero to a Hero in Bollywood and real life too. Sonu finished almost 20 years in the industry and has given great hits like Dabangg, Simbaa, Happy New Year and Entertainment, etc as a prolific actor.
Having faced so many struggles early on in his career, Sonu very well knows the difficulties of a new comer in the film industry and he tries to help them in every way he can.
Amid the nationwide lockdown owing to the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic, homeless people and daily wage workers, who migrate to big cities from their home towns in search of jobs, are combating hunger for survival as the fast-spreading disease has now created a panic situation across India.
The situation had gone from bad to worse and during this crisis, celebrities, entrepreneurs, businessmen rose to the occasion by doing their best to help the country combat the pandemic.
Sonu Sood is well aware of the struggles of a common man and his recent act of kindness for the migrant labors has made him the most loved actor these days.
One must imagine how difficult it is from being thousands of km away from home during this coronavirus crisis. With lack of income, several migrants workers are facing tough times while staying in different cities. Meanwhile, in the need of this hour, Sonu Sood has been truly sensational when it comes to helping people in this nationwide coronavirus lockdown.
“Villain on the screen and hero off the screen” is the best phrase to describe Sonu Sood. One of the most loved citizens in India has helped migrant workers (who got stuck in Maharashtra) by making all possible travel arrangements for them in this nationwide lockdown. He arranged 10 buses for the hundreds of migrants who got stuck in the city owing to the epidemic, reports Times of India.
On top of that, Sonu Sood got all the permission required from the Karnataka and Maharashtra governments respectively and after which he made travel and food arrangements to accommodate all the migrants.
The actor added that during the current global crisis, “every Indian deserves to be with their families and dear ones.” He also thanked the government officials for all their help in sending the migrants back home. Sonu Sood had not only sponsored the travel but also offered meal kits for the workers. “It was really moving for me to watch these migrants walking on roads including the little kids and old parents. I shall continue doing the same for other states as well to the best of my abilities,” Sonu said.
Sonu Sood offered his hotel in Mumbai as a residential facility to help healthcare workers in this crisis and also provided PPE kits for doctors too.
Sonu Sood has once again arranged buses and also sought permission to send 500 migrant workers go home in Uttar Pradesh.
It should be noted that the Uttar Pradesh government has sealed the borders in an attempt to prevent the entry of coronavirus carriers. However, Sonu Sood sought permission from District Magistrates of Lucknow and Siddharthnagar and eventually made this possible.
“I am grateful to my friend and Additional Director General (ADG), Lucknow Zone – Satya Narain Sabat – for getting me required permissions. Another friend Neeti Goel also helped me and we are providing people with food, rations, medicines and PPE kits as well,” he told The Times Of India.
In addition, Sonu Sood opened a call-centre with helpline number to help more migrants reach home.
India Today quoted him saying, “I was getting a lot of calls, thousands of calls every day. My family and friends were busy collecting the data then we realised we might miss out on a lot of people who we will not be able to approach us. So we decided to open this call centre, it is a toll-free number,” Sood said.
Sonu Sood had also arranged Chartered Flight for 177 migrant women workers who got stuck in Kerala. The Indian actor had arranged special aircraft for the migrant workers after learning about their plight from a close friend.
The Youth salutes Sonu Sood for his humble work in this ongoing coronavirus crisis.