Actor Sonu Sood tells us how travelling enriches him as a person, how different cultures and destinations intrigue him and why the philanthropist, entrepreneur and actor chooses to live like a local at a new place rather than exploring it like a tourist. By Chirag Mohanty Samal
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Actor Sonu Sood sent Indian media into a tizzy during the first year of the pandemic with his philanthropic work, and helping migrant workers stuck in big cities to return to their respective home towns. From playing reel-life villain to donning the robes of real-life hero, Sood emerged as the ‘messiah’ and the ‘good Samaritan’ that the Covid-struck nation couldn’t stop gushing over. His humanitarian act drew much applause from far and wide. He topped the UK South Asian celebrity list in 2020 and launched humanitarian projects like Ilaaj India, a platform to give free medical help.
Besides his philanthropic work, the actor is currently busy with acting and producing movies and hosting a reality show. Sood turns producer with his upcoming movie Fateh, an action thriller, in which he also plays the pivotal role. He is also hosting MTV Roadies Season 18 and he shot extensively for the series in South Africa. We caught up with him to talk about his South African sojourn, his happiest travel memories and how travel inspires him as an artist.
Excerpts from the exclusive interview.