5Sonal Singh Chauhan
Model, singer and actress, Sonal Singh Chauhan is a multi-talented personality. And why should she not be? She has a lot of royal blood in her veins which makes her utterly talented and deft at so many creative things. Born on 16 May 1987 at Muzzafarnagar in Uttar Pradesh, Chauhan belongs to the royal family of Rajasthan. But the stunningly beautiful actress never boasted of her royal lineage to reach where she is in her life at the moment.
Sonal, who predominantly works in Telugu cinema and Hindi cinema, was a successful model before venturing into films. She won the Miss World Tourism 2005 title. She is the first Indian model who clenched the coveted Miss World Tourism title. After winning a number of beauty pageants and roaming around the world, Sonal appeared in several commercials of well-known brands like Ponds, Nokia and Dish TV. She also graced the cover page of the popular FHM magazine. Later, she has featured in the cover of many leading magazines including Beauty, Wow and Maxim and then appeared in a song of Himesh Reshammiya’s chartbusting album ‘Aap Kaa Surroor’. Exhilarated with the response her song received by the music lovers, she soon made her Bollywood debut with Kunal Deshmukh’s crime romance drama ‘Jannat’ (2008) opposite Emraan Hashmi. The film was a box office success and Sonal garnered good reviews for her performances and was even nominated for Filmfare Best Debutant Female Award. However, despite making a successful film debut, she did not get much work in Bollywood. Reportedly, the actress had signed a three films deal with the Bhatts’ Vishesh Films. But, after ‘Jannat’, Sonal was never seen in any Vishesh Films’ movie again. A relative lack of good opportunities in Bollywood compelled the actress to shift her focus to the south film industry where she is doing good work now.