Sonu Sood is a former model and Indian actor who has acted in Hindi, Punjabi, Telugu and Tamil films. A participant in the Mr. India contest, he has appeared in commercials for Apollo Tyres, Airtel etc. In Tollywood he is best known for his role as the antagonist in the film Arundhati. His first film in Tamil was Majnu (2001). He made his acting debut in Hindi films with Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh in 2002, which won critical acclaim for his performance. But he was better noticed in Mani Ratnam's Yuva and Aashiq Banaya Aapne. In Tollywood, with the release of Super in 2005, he received greater recognition for his work. His next film was Athadu, which was a super-hit, but did not help in building his image.
In 2006 he again portrayed the antagonist in Ashok. It was an average grosser, but he has become popular in Telugu films. It was Arundhati that took him to the greatest unimagined heights in a non-local industry. He played the role of Aghora. This film turned out to be the biggest Telugu hit of that year. In the latter half of 2009, he acted in another Telugu film, Ek Niranjan, in which he again played the antagonist. The film received mixed reviews, but Sood was critically praised for his portrayal of a sadistic villain. His histrionics and slang mixing English with Telugu in this film proved to be sensational.
In 2010, he played the lead antagonist 'Chhedi Singh' in Abhinav Kashyap's Dabangg, co-starring with Salman Khan which earned him rave reviews.