Sood, 48, said he had been through his fair share of rejections and challenges
Sonu Sood named Top Global Asian Celebrity 2020.
Survival in the film industry comes with the awareness that one would go through a series of rejections and “crushing waiting” to finally taste success, says actor Sonu Sood.
The Punjab-born actor made his Bollywood debut in 2002 and rose to prominence with films like Yuva, Aashiq Banaya Aapne and Jodhaa Akbar. Sood’s appearances in films like the 2008 comedy Singh is Kingactor Dabangg (2010) and Shah Rukh Khan Happy new year (2014) have earned him further recognition.
Sood compared waiting for success in showbiz to “holding your breath underwater”.
“When you choose to become an actor and come to an alien city like Mumbai, you have to be prepared to face a lot of rejection, people who don’t give you what you’re due, you don’t get not what you wanted to do.
“The wait is endless, overwhelming and extremely demanding. This is when you have to survive and complete these challenges. You just have to be there, patiently waiting your turn to shine,” the 48-year-old actor said.
Sood said he’s been through his fair share of rejections and challenges.
“I waited, I stood up. Success in this industry depends on how long you can hold your breath underwater. I tried to hold my breath all these years. Maybe now is the time to come in and say, ‘Hey, I exist,’” he added.
The actor, however, said the long wait to be in the industry spotlight can be “daunting”.
Sood, who lost his father in 2016 and his mother in 2007, said he often wishes his parents were alive to see his success.
“When my mum and dad were around, I wanted to achieve some success that would make them proud. Whatever happens now, whatever you accomplish, no matter how big, you miss them. I will always pray to God that I Get success early so they can see it. That’s what bothers you, the real fight, when your loved ones don’t see what you’ve accomplished.
The actor currently hosts the popular show MTV Roadies. The stunt-reality series marks his television debut.
The show is his first major outing since he rose to national prominence through his philanthropic work, arranging transport for migrant workers, medicine and hospital beds for those in need, throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Sood said when he started to expand his aid during the first national lockdown in 2020, he was unaware he would become known for his social work, which has now eclipsed any material successes.
“What I’ve been through in the past two years, I haven’t been through in the past 18 years as an actor. I always thought that reaching the Rs100cr or Rs200cr club was a big thing But now when I go on sets, everything seems smaller.
“You live in a real world, where people connect with you, give you blessings, where you struggle to make their lives easier. I really like that…connecting and helping people, which I’ve never or that I probably never will. There can’t be anything more magical than that,” he added.
He will next be seen in Yash Raj Films historical drama Prithvirajtitled by Akshay Kumar.