For many people a career in modeling may hamper the acting skills and thus they believe that models are not good actors. But for Sonal Chauhan modeling comes as an advantage because it makes the person camera friendly.
This model turned actress feels that after modeling, facing the camera become easier for acting. The Miss World Tourism title winner of 2005 says, “Modelling helps in a way, it allows us to be comfortable in front of the camera. One is confident and doesn’t have to fear the camera or wonder what to do and how to do. So, I think it is an advantage to be a model.”
The 24 year old actress doesn’t agree that because there is no guarantee that a successful model can make it big in Bollywood but for their glamorous image, they do get stereotyped.
Sonal Chauhan, who made a debut in Bollywood by ‘Jannat’ says, “Every actor has a journey to take and they improve with time. They take time to explore. After spending good years in the industry, doing varied roles, they know what they fit into. As a model, you too can explore and decide what you want to do.”
She recalls that though her background has nothing to do with films and Bollywood yet it is by utter chance that Kunal Deshmukh, director of Jannat, spotted her at a restaurant in Mumbai. She recounts, “Bollywood wasn’t on my mind but I was always fascinated by Bollywood. So when I moved to Mumbai, I used to get on/off Bollywood offers, but nothing exciting, till Kunal saw me and within a few days, I got my first film project. It just happened.”
After completion of her studies, Sonal had been away from Bollywood films. In the mean while though she had been busy with Telugu and Kannada movies. Now when she has returned to Bollywood opposite Amitabh Bachchan she is obviously too excited about it.
“The very fact that I got to work with Big B, at such an early age of my career is simply fantastic. I just hope that one day I get to work with him again. There was so much to learn from him, he is not just a great actor, but a wonderful human being as well,” she said.
What role is being offered to her these days? She says these are very similar to Jannat roles. She has signed two new projects, but she doesn’t want to get into details of it as of now as they are in their early stages.