Sonal Sehgal

Sonal Sehgal (born 13 July 1981)[2][3] is an Indian actress who debuted on the silver screen with the critically acclaimed Aashayein (film) directed by the national award-winning director Nagesh Kukunoor. Sehgal was cast opposite John Abraham. She went on to star in lead roles in films such as Lihaaf (2019), Mantostaan (2017), and Future to bright hai ji (2012).

Sonal Sehgal
Sonal Sehgal at Kailash Kher Rangeele Album Launch
Born (1981-07-13) 13 July 1981[1]
OccupationActress
Years active2003 present
Spouse(s)Naresh Kamath (2011-present)

Before pursuing an acting career, Sehgal assisted ad filmmaker and director Pradeep Sarkar who made his film debut with Parineeta. She also worked as a copywriter for leading advertising agencies in Delhi.

She began her career with theatre and television. She had a pivotal role in the celebrated theater scriptwriter/director Mahesh Dattani's play Mad about Money. She also had lead roles in the television serials Saara Akaash and Hotel Kingston, in which she played diverse characters. These programs aired back-to-back from 2005 to 2007. In Saara Akash, she played an undercover spy on the Indian Air force base who lost her heart to a pilot. The audience loved to hate her and then fell in love with her. In Hotel Kingston, she played a spoiled brat who inherited her father's hotel and managed it incompetently. The character was a brat with a golden heart who the audience adored.

She married Naresh Kamath in 2011.

Filmography

YearFilmCharacter
2005U, Bomsi & MeMonica
2009RadioPuja Talwar
2010Jaane Kahan Se Aayi HaiNatasha
AashayeinNafisa
2011DamadammSanjana
2012Future to Bright Hai JiSonia Singh
2017MantostaanKalwant Kaur

Aashayein was directed by the national award-winning director Nagesh Kukunoor. Sehgal was cast opposite John Abraham, who played the dying protagonist. Sehgal played the pillar of strength and the only ray of hope in the dying man's life.

Radio is a drama, featuring a complex relationship between a man, his ex-wife (played by Sehgal), and his current girlfriend.

Future to bright hai ji, although a disappointment at the box office, earned great reviews. It is a comedy about a couple from a small town (played by Aamir Bashir and Sonal Sehgal) who come to Mumbai to try their luck in Bollywood. It is a hilarious account of their trials and tribulations. Sehgal penned the lyrics of the title song of the same film.

In Rahat Kazmi's Mantostaan, based on the works of celebrated writer Saadat Hasan Manto, she played the leading role.

Sonal has also co written the screenplay of "Lihaaf", along with director Rahat Kazmi. The film based on Ismat Chugtai's story of the same name, is produced by Oscar Winner Marc Baschet.

Music

She worked on many Hindi and Punjabi private albums from 2001 to 2003. Hit songs include Chadi Jawani with Jassy B, Ghungat by Pankaj Udhas, Botla Sarab Diyan with Bally Sagoo, Harbhajan Maan and many more.

Sonal has written lyrics for the title track of the film "Future to Bright Hai ji" (2012)

<https://www.mid-day.com/articles/the-words-just-came-to-me-sonal-sehgal/185247>

She also wrote the lyrics of the single "Saawariya", composed by Naresh Kamath and sung by Shilpa Rao

<https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/sonal-sehgal-on-the-write-track/articleshow/64725245.cms>

Television Work

Books

  • The Day That Nothing Happened (2018), a fictional story about people who travel to a 'Multiverse'

References

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