She is a small town girl who is all set to dream big. After walking the ramp for all the big names and doing small budget movies in Tollywood, Soniya Sandhuja is looking forward to have her share of Bollywood with Dev Anand’s Hare Rama Hare Krishna and Ayaz Khan’s Sting Operation.
Soniya who was in Surat on a promotional visit says, “I feel lucky. Coming from a small town in Haryana, it is like a dream come true for me. I always wanted to be an actor and getting to work in Dev Anand sir’s movie is a big opportunity for me.”
Explaining more about the film, she says, “Hare Rama Hare Krishna is the remake of 1971’s original hit film. I am playing the same character that Zeenat Aman played in it.” We quiz her if she finds it challenging to portray the same character played by Zeenat. “Zeenat Aman can’t be compared with anyone. If people watch the movie without making an attempt to compare, they will know that I have tried my level best,” says Sonali.
From fashion designing, dancing, modelling, item songs to acting, Sonali says, “My parents wanted me to join a professional course so I did a course in fashion designing but I was always keen on acting.” She is happy to have gained experiences in different ways. Sonali feels, “Working in different segments has taught me a lot. I have become more patient and calm. If you are hardworking and talented, success will follow you.” Soniya is a professionally trained kathak dancer and she also trained under leading choreographer Saroj Khan. “It is because of masterji (Saroj Khan) that I am here. She introduced me to the industry in her solo songs,” she adds.
She is a die hard fan of Salman Khan and dreams of working with him some day. “I participated in the ramp show first time when I was in the seventh grade where Salman Khan was the judge and I instantly became a fan of him. Working in a film with him is my biggest dream,” she shares.
Interestingly, she prefers to speak in Punjabi. “Throughout my life I have spoken Punjabi so it comes out automatically. I understand English but I like to speak in Punjabi. I also speak Hindi with a Punjabi accent as I am pure Punjabi by heart,” she confesses.
This is her first visit to Gujarat, Soniya says that since Surat is a big shopping hub would love to pick up some stuff. “I have heard a lot about Gujarati food so I would also like to sample it too.” Now that’s the most predictable line that we were expecting! TOI