Personal Life :
Sonalee Kulkarni is considered as one of the most beautiful Marathi actresses in recent times.
In her childhood, Sonalee lived mostly with her mother, as her father was in the Army and had to travel based on his posting. She was born and brought up in Pune.
She admitted to having difficulties in speaking Marathi well in her initial days as they spoke always Hindi at her home. Her primary education was done at the Army School, Kendriya Vidyalaya. Later, she headed to Ferguson College.
Thereafter, she completed her degree education in Journalism and Mass Communication from Indira School of Communication.
Highly skilled in dancing, she started to learn the Bharatnatyam dance form from the young age of five.
Professional Life :
Bakula Namdeo Ghotale was her first major film in 2007 at the young age of 18. In just her first role, she won the Zee Gaurav Puraskar in 2008. Prior to that, she also acted in an important role in a Marathi daily TV soap Ha Khel Sanchitacha for ETV Marathi in 2006. At that time, she was not fluent in Marathi and worked on it with the help of co-stars. Unluckily, the show was canceled after a period of just six months
She later did a few films but her biggest hit and dose of fame came with the song Apsara Ali from Natrang in 2010. She performed in 100s of stage shows and events later on for that song. In more recent times, Rama Madhav, Classmates and Mitwa did well at the box office. Alongside, she has done minor roles in a couple of Bollywood films.
Her hobbies include regularly working out and listening to music & of course watching films. Along With her acting, she endorses brands like Tata Tea Gold, Vipul Sareers, PNG Jewellers & Be with Beti Foundation.
Fun Facts :
- Sonalee is also a trained Bharatnatyam dancer
- She had never dreamt of acting for movies in films, but this changed when she faced the camera for the first time in FTII shooting for a documentary film at the young age of 14.
- She was first noticed for her great looks in a beauty contest, Dreamgurlz 2005. Training for the contest, she learned how to present herself, talk on the stage and other essential qualities. She was the runner-up in this contest and took 5 smaller awards as well – Miss beautiful smile, Best hair, Best skin, Miss Talent and Miss Heritage
- Reliance India mobile in 2005 was her first print advertising campaign
- She is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer and began practicing since the age of 5