Sonu Sood was featured in two movies this year, but there was a time when he wanted to quit acting altogether. This happened after he lost his mother Saroj Sood in 2007. Sonu decided to stop acting after her death, until his father Shakti Sood convinced him to continue his work. Read also| Sonu Sood helps the little Bihar girl who was born with four legs and four arms
The actor, who will be celebrating his 49th birthday on Saturday, changed his mind about his decision to quit the film industry, but struggled during filming. He once revealed that he used to cry on the sets of Singh Is Kinng before getting up and doing comedic scenes. In the film, which was released in August 2008, less than a year after his mother’s death, Sonu played mobster Lakhan ‘Lucky’ Singh – the ‘king of the Australian underworld’. The film also starred Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif.
Sonu told ETimes in 2017: “She (his mother) came to the sets of Jodhaa Akbar at ND Studios Karjat on October 1 and she told me it would change my life. She left on October 4. My younger sister was going to get married on October 16, for which I was supposed to go home on October 14, but on October 13 I got a phone call saying my mother had died in her sleep I was shivering and didn’t know how to book my tickets I wanted to stop with the industry, but my father reminded me of my mother’s dream for me. So I continued filming Singh Is Kinng in Australia. Every day I would just sit in a corner crying and do comedy.”
Known for his philanthropic work, Sonu also remembered how his mother was involved in charity work and inspired him to do the same. He said: “Every October 13 I leave everything and go back to Punjab and have a langar and have created a trust to help students with their education. That makes me happy, but right now the vacuum she has left in my life is huge and cannot be filled she never took money in her entire life to teach and i now meet her students from all over the world if a student did not come to her class she would let me pick up my scooter and take her with her children’s home in the village around Moga to make sure he would come out to study because the farmers would suddenly stop sending their children.”
Sonu’s father Shakti Singh passed away in February 2016. Later that year, Sonu founded a production house Shakti Sagar Productions in his father’s name. Sonu was last seen as Chand Bardai in Prithviraj, in which he co-starred with the likes of Akshay Kumar and Manushi Chillar.