Sonal Chauhan was born on May 16, 1985, in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh. She did her schooling at Delhi Public School in Noida and received a Philosophy Honours degree at Gargi College in New Delhi. She is a fashion model, singer and actress who predominantly works in Telugu and Bollywood films. (All Pics/Sonal's official Instagram account)
In 2005, Sonal Chauhan was crowned Miss World Tourism 2005 at Miri, Sarawak State of Malaysia, becoming the first Indian to have claimed the title. Following this, she went on to appear in several ads for major brands and graced several magazine covers. Sonal even turned showstopper for a leading jewellery brand at the India International Jewelry Week in 2011.
Before foraying into Bollywood, Sonal Chauhan appeared as Himesh Reshammiya's love interest in the music video Samjho Na Kuch To Samjho Na, from his 2006 album Aap Kaa Surroor.
Sonal Chauhan's Bollywood debut with the 2008 film Jannat happened when Kunal Deshmukh, the film's director spotted her at a restaurant in Mumbai. They exchanged numbers and after a professional meeting, she was signed and started shooting for the venture in a week. She was paired opposite Emraan Hashmi and inked a three-film deal with the Bhatts.
Interestingly, Sonal Chauhan's Bollywood debut Jannat released on the day of her 23rd birthday. The film and its soundtrack were well received by critics and audiences, and Sonal received a Filmfare Award nomination for Best Female Debut.
Sonal Chauhan then worked in the Telugu film Rainbow, which released the same year as Jannat. She followed that up by starring opposite Shiva Rajkumar in the 2010 Kannada film Cheluveye Ninne Nodalu, which was notable as it had scenes shot in the seven wonders of the world.
Sonal Chauhan returned to Bollywood in 2011 with Bbuddah... Hoga Terra Baap, which starred Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Sonu Sood, Prakash Raj, Charmy Kaur, and Raveena Tandon. Directed by Puri Jagannadh, it received positive reviews from critics.
The following year, Sonal Chauhan acted in Pehla Sitara. In 2013, she starred in the horror-thriller 3G, opposite Neil Nitin Mukesh. Both were rumoured to be in a relationship during this time. Sonal even crooned the track Kaise Bataoo in the film, which was a duet also featuring singer KK.
2014 marked Sonal Chauhan's return to Telugu filmdom after 4 years. She shared the screen with the legendary Nandamuri Balakrishna in the action-thriller Legend, which also starred Radhika Apte. Balakrishna essayed a dual role in this blockbuster.
Sonal Chauhan then acted alongside Ram and Rakul Preet Singh in the 2015 Telugu comedy-drama Pandaga Chesko, which received mixed reviews but was hit with moviegoers nonetheless. The film was dubbed in Hindi as Businessman 2.
The same year, Sonal Chauhan starred opposite Nandamuri Kalyan Ram in the action-comedy Sher. The film also starred Vikramjeet Virk, Mukesh Rishi, Sayaji Shinde, comedy legend Brahmanandam, Ashish Vidyarthi and others.
Sonal Chauhan made her Tamil film debut with Inji Iduppazhagi, another 2015 venture, which was simultaneously shot in Telugu as Size Zero. The film also starred Baahubali actress Anushka Shetty, Arya, Urvashi and Prakash Raj. It was remade in Odia as Chhati Tale Ding Dong.
Sonal Chauhan reunited with Nandamuri Balakrishna on screen with the 2016 film Dictator. It was Balakrishna's 99th movie as an actor and also starred Anjali. It became the second-biggest opener for Balakrishna after Legend at the box-office. She played an aspiring actress in the actioner.
In 2018, Sonal Chauhan made her Bollywood comeback after five years with director JP Dutta's upcoming war drama Paltan. The film also starred Jackie Shroff, Arjun Rampal, Esha Gupta, Sonu Sood, Monica Gill, Harshvardhan Rane, Gurmeet Choudhary, Siddhant Kapoor, Rohit Roy and Luv Sinha. However, Sonal had quite a negligible role in the film.
Sonal Chauhan went de-glam in order to essay the role of a Rajput girl in J P Dutta's Paltan. A natural beauty, Sonal often posts pictures of herself in little to no makeup over her social media handles, so facing the camera sans makeup was easy.
Sonal Chauhan will next be seen in a sci-fi web-show Skyfire. The show will premiere on May 22 on ZEE5 and also features Prateik Babbar, Jatin Goswami and Jisshu Sengupta.
The story of Skyfire revolves around the drastically changing weather that brings life to a standstill, as well as touches upon human trafficking and children going missing in Delhi. Amidst all this tension, an intelligence agent, a journalist and a teacher go on a hunt to solve the mystery. Skyfire is based on the bestselling book written by Aroon Raman by the same name.
Sonal will also be seen in Mahesh Manjrekar's untitled drama alongside actor Vidyut Jammwal.
Here's wishing a very happy birthday to Sonal Chauhan!
Sonal Chauhan, who debuted a decade ago opposite Emraan Hashmi with Jannat, will next be seen in web show Skyfire. What's interesting to note that her Bollywood debut clocks eleven years on her birthday since it released on that day! A look in pictures at the actress
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