Sonal Chauhan was born on May 16th, 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. 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 humbers and she was signed and 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 in that 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
Sonal Chauhan is set to make her Bollywood comeback after five years with director JP Dutta's upcoming war drama Paltan. The film also stars Jackie Shroff, Arjun Rampal, Esha Gupta, Sonu Sood, Monica Gill, Harshvardhan Rane, Gurmeet Choudhary, Siddhant Kapoor, Rohit Roy and Luv Sinha
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. Though the enchanting diva landed the movie owing to more than that
If sources are to be believed, JP Dutta was looking for someone with a certain vulnerability, poise and strength that would suit the role of a Rajput girl in the film. The veteran filmmaker's search ended, as Sonal Chauhan fit the bill perfectly on all accounts and also interestingly happens to be a Rajput in real life!
Says Sonal Chauhan regarding her being a part of Paltan, "I have admired J P sir's films. It is an honour to be part of this huge project. I am so glad that J P sir deemed me as the right choice for the role. I can't wait to know how it's received by the audiences. I got a chance to say my thanks to the Indian army through this film and for that I am overwhelmed beyond words"
Sonal Chauhan is soon going to take her riveting screen presence to the digital platform as she will be debuting over YouTube with a short film. The gorgeous actress has now set her sights on the popular online forum
At a time when the digital is the choice of the youth, Sonal Chauhan was perfect for the short film, given her popularity with age group. If sources are to be believed, the girl-next-door has already shot for the movie, which will be published over YouTube shortly
Reveals a source, "Sonal Chauhan's short film is going to be seven minutes and will be available on YouTube. It’s a digital campaign revolving around human trafficking where she plays an NGO worker"
Sonal Chauhan, who debuted a decade ago opposite Emraan Hashmi with Jannat, will next be seen in JP Dutta's war drama Paltan. What's interesting to note that her Bollywood debut clocks ten years on her birthday since it released on that day! A look in pictures at the actress and beauty queen, who is set to make her Bollywood comeback with Paltan, after five years