Sonali Kulkarni is a very talented actress of the Indian film industry. This Maharastiran actress was born in 1974 to a Marathi speaking family in Pune. She has studied in Abhinav Vidyalaya in Pune and has done her majors in Political Science from the Fergusson College, she was even granted the scholarship in Marathi literature. Sonali can speak as many as six languages, which include Hindi, Marathi, English, Gujarati, Italian and Tamil. From childhood, Sonali had a passion for acting and seldom had she performed during the Ganesh Mahotsav. She has attended the workshop of Satyadev Dubey and then formed her theater group named ‘Samanvay’ with her brother Sandeep. Sonali made her debut with the Tamil movie ‘Cheluvi’ and has acted in more than thirty-two movies, which includes an Italian movie named ‘Fuoco Si Di Me’. For this film, Sonali Kulkarni fetched the award for the best actress in the Milan International Film Festival of 2006.
Sonali’s most prominent Bollywood movie has remained ‘Dil Chata Hai’ which was released in 2001. This directorial debut of Farhan Aktar also starred actors like Aamir Khan, Priety Zinta, Dimple Kapadia, Akshay Khanna and Saif Ali Khan with whom she was paired. Sonali has also shared her screen space with talented actor like Sanjay Dutt in the Vidhu Vinod Copra directed ‘Mission Kashmir’ in 2000, where she played the doting wife of Sanjay Dutt. Other than acting, Sonali Kulkarni is an Editor of ‘Viva’, a ‘Loksatta’ supplement. She was recently seen taking part in a celebrity dance competition, which came on Sony TV.
Akshaye Khanna, the youngest son of yesteryear-veteran actor, Vinod Khanna is one of the most prominent actors of the Indian film industry. Often considered as an underrated actor of Bollywood, this son of Vinod Khanna started her career a decade earlier. Akshay Khanna was born on March 28 in the year 1975 in Mumbai, India. He made his debut in 1997, when he was 22 years. Akshaye’s first movie was ‘Himalay Putra’ which was directed by Pankaj Parashar and this was his first movie where he shared the screen space with his father Vinod Khanna. His elder brother, Rahul Khanna, is also a Bollywood actor. Though his first movie dint fare well at the box office, he went on to star in many critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies.
Akshaye’s next release was ‘Border’ which was directed by J.P. Dutta, and had other popular stars like Suneil Shetty, Jackie Shroff , Tabu, Sunny Deol,Khulbhusan Kharbandar, Rakhi and Pooja Bhatt with whom Akshay was paired. This was his first major hit and his performance was widely appreciated. This film earned him his first ‘Filmfare’ award in the best debut category. His other recognized films are : ‘Dil Cahta Hai’ which was directed by Farhan Aktar and had Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta and Dimple Kapadia, ‘Humraaz’ directed by Abaas-Mustan, where he played a villain, the recent ‘Gandhi, My Father’ which the critics praised. His performance in the movie is often considered to be the best till date. His 2008 release was the multi-starrer ‘Race’ where he has again played a negative role.
Arshad Warsi : the ‘Circuit’. He is unassuming, simple, and does not possess the typical quality of an Indian actor. Yet Arshad Warsi has been able to execute and add colour and vibrance to simple roles through sheer talent and brilliance.
Born on 19th April 1968 Arshad Warsi became an orphan at the age of fourteen. He had a keen interest in dance and later started a dancing school of his own. Arshad got his first break in Amitabh Bachchans production, Tere Mere Sapne. Like his debut his forthcoming films failed to create an impact on the audience. Arshads career seemed to be fading away and what he needed was a successful movie to create a firm ground in Bollywood.
It was only with Munna Bhai MBBS that Arshad came into the limelight. It was the best come back movie that one could have dreamt of. With his brilliant performance in Munna Bhai as Circiut, Arshad has created a special place in the heart of his audiences and also this industry. The simple, light hearted, amusing “circuit” is going to stay alive in the minds of his fans for a long period of time. To Bollywood one more name has been added to the list of great comedians. But Arshad Warsi possesses the additional art of making his characters so lovable, acceptable and endearing.
Here’s hoping that he reaches the zenith of his acting career, till then his fans shall eagerly wait for Arshad to recreate his magic in Munna Bhai Chale America.