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Name: Sonalee Kulkarni
Birthdate: 18th of May, 1988
Marital Status: Unmarried
Sonalee Kulkarni was given the Zee Gaurav award for the Best Actress category for the Marathi film ‘Bakula Namdev Ghotale’.
Biography: Sonalee Kulkarni, the Indian actress was born on the 18th of May in the year 1988 at Pune, India to Savinder and Manohar Kulkarni. She was born in an army cantonment present in Khadki, Pune. Her father, Manohar Kulkarni is a Brahmin from Maharashtra and is a former doctor of Army Medical Corps while Savinder Kulkarni hails from Punjab and was also associated with the army. Sonalee is well versed in Punjabi, English, Hindi and Marathi languages. She pursued her education from prestigious institutions such as Kendriya Vidyalaya and the Army School and she graduated from the well known Ferguson college situated in Pune. Later on she got a degree in the field of Journalism and Mass Communication from Indira School of Communication in Pune. Ever since she was five years of age, Sonalee has been practising dancing and throughout her school years she received training in Bharatnatyam, the Indian classical dance form.
She had once participated in some beauty contest held during her college life and the contest became a major turnover in life for her. She started getting numerous offers for roles in minor films and in advertisements. In the year 2006, Sonalee got her first major project, a Marathi film titled ‘Bakula Namdev Ghotale’, directed by Kedar Shinde. Sonalee was awarded the Zee Gaurav Best Actress Award for her performance in the film.
Two years later in 2008, she signed up for debutant director Ravi Jadhav’s ‘Natarang’, starring Priya Berde, Vibhavari Deshpande, Kishor Kadam and Atul Kulkarni. This film was released on the 1st of January, 2010. ‘Natarang’ was adapted from Anand Yadav’s Marathi novel, ‘Natarang’. She earned a lot of recognition through this role of hers and she could establish her identity different from another Marathi actress going by the name Sonali Kulkarni. Her dance performances in this film were also greatly appreciated by the audience.
She along with Mahesh Kothare had judged ‘Naad Khula’, a Marathi television show in the year 2011. Next year she starred in Nitin Chandrakant Desai’s Marathi flick, ‘Ajintha’ starring Phillip Scott Wallace, Avinash Narkar, Makarand Deshpande and Manoj Kolhatkar. She was showered with lots of positive remarks from the critics for both her acting as well as her dancing performances in this film.
Sonalee’s very first Bollywood film, an adult comedy flick ‘Grand Masti’, directed by Indra Kumar and starring Manjari Fadnis, Maryam Zakaria, Kainaat Arora, Bruna Abdullah, Sonalee Kulkarni, Aftab Shivdasani, Vivek Oberoi and Ritesh Deshmukh. This film which is a sequel to ‘Masti’ deals with the story of three married guys going out on a fun and thrilling experience in their college reunion at Shree Lalchand University of Technology and Science (SLUTS) where they face a variety of problems. Apart from films Sonalee has done numerous stage shows around the country for various award ceremonies and festivals.
Her filmography includes ‘Gauri’, ‘Gadhavacha Lagna’, ‘Bakula Namdev Ghotale’, ‘Aba Zindabad’, ‘Hai Kai Nai Kai’, ‘Natarang’, ‘Kshanbhar Vishranti’, ‘Goshta Lagnanantarchi’, ‘Irada Pakka’, ‘Sa Sasucha’, ‘Samudra’, ‘Ajintha’, ‘Zapatlela 2’ and ‘Grand Masti’.