Sonal Monteiro joins Bollywood, but will not leave her roots
The actor says that she will beat the popular notion that once you go Bollywood, there is no going back
"I have 20 days of filming left for Demo Piece and a song shoot for Yogaraj Bhat’s Panchatantra, after which I will be going to Mumbai to start shooting for my Hindi film,” says Sonal Monteiro, who has been roped in for the sequel of Saajan Chale Sasuraal. The film is being directed by NN Siddiqui and produced by Mansoor Siddique.
The pre-production work for the film has started. Along with Sonal, the only other actor on board at present is Govinda. “They have not finalised the lead hero, so I am yet to find out whom I will be paired opposite,” Sonal reveals to us.
Though she is gearing up for her Bollywood stint, Sonal is clear about wanting to establish herself in both industries, and intends to continue working in Kannada cinema. The model-turned-actor says, “Since it’s my Bollywood debut, I know I will have to give it a little more time. However, I am sure I will manage to do Kannada films as well. As I know how Bollywood films work and schedules are planned, I’m sure I can juggle between the two industries,” she adds.
Having started off with a music album in her mother tongue, Konkani, Sonal’s first acting opportunity came with Tulu films such as Ekka Saka, Pilibail Yamunakka and Jai Tulunadu. The MLA heroine says, “I will always go back to my roots. There have been times when I was told that actors who go to Bollywood never come back, but that will not be the case with me. Even if I am a offered a good Bollywood film, I will make sure my presence is felt in the Kannada industry too.”
She believes that the Kannada industry isn't very different from Bollywood. “When I was doing a promotional shoot for the Hindi film, I was asked the difference between Bollywood and Sandalwood, to which I said that it’s just about language. There may be more people in the Hindi film industry, but the professionalism in both is the same.” she says.