Born and brought up in Manthani in Telangana, Sonia Akula completed her engineering before taking up the role of a conference moderator in private and public sectors.
“I’ve been in the forefront most of the time which allowed people to approach me for several roles in films, ads etc. I’ve been extremely selective in choosing my scripts. People always talk about the absence of Telugu actors in the Telugu film industry and I aspire to fill that gap successfully and pave way for several other budding Telangana actors,” says Sonia who met Ram Gopal Varma in December 2019 for a different project which has now been postponed because of the lockdown.
It was during this period that she received a call from RGV offering her a role in an emotional family drama. “I was pleasantly surprised and thrilled to see the old RGV back. He is known for making films that are contemporary, socially relevant, unconventional and sensational. A film that deals with the current crisis that shook every individual across the world is definitely exciting. I immediately said ‘yes’ without giving it a second thought,” says Sonia and adds, “RGV is brutally honest and transparent about everything and I love that about him.”
While she remained tight-lipped when questioned about where the shooting took place and for how long, she revealed that RGV complimented her on her acting skills. “I was humbled when he said that acting comes naturally to me. It was pretty encouraging and boosted my confidence,” says Sonia.
She has acted in movies such as Kathanayakudu and George Reddy and TV commercials for brands like Rudraksha Vaibhavam, Anutex shopping mall and Double Horse Minapagundlu. Talking about the opportunities for Telugu girls in the film industry, she says, “I think people assume that we cannot fit in commercial films and big flicks which leaves aspiring actorsfrom Telangana with barely any good opportunities. Our obsession with casting lead roles based on factors other than acting has to change.”
She is excited to work on an experimental movie that she recently signed and has four more projects lined up. This go-getter even adopted a 6-year-old girl on her birthday and is taking care of her education and other expenses through her NGO, AASA Foundation.
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