Has ‘real' hero Sonu Sood out-raced and out-beaten all the ‘reel' heroes?
STARDUST INDIA|April 2021
Is Sonu Sood stealing a march over the other heroes in Bollywood? In a candid interview, Sonu Sood tells Sumita Chakraborty why he doesn’t care about name, fame and fancy titles of being ‘biggest influencer’ etc.
Sumita Chakraborty

He’s humble, focussed and a man who believes in action rather than mere platitudes… proved by the phenomenal work he’s done for the migrants. Not only that, even when naysayers pooh-poohed his work saying ‘he’s doing it just for publicity’ or ‘it’s just a stepping-stone for politics’, he quietly continued his good work even after the first wave of the pandemic ebbed.

Meet ‘real’ hero Sonu Sood who has stolen the lead over all the top actors merely on the basis of his stellar humanitarian work. He’s been the first to create awareness for the need of vaccination during the second wave of the pandemic – standing tall as he got himself vaccinated and became the poster boy of the new age. His face is painted on the SpiceJet plane – a rare honour given for his fabulous social work. Indeed, Sonu Sood has single-handedly shown the path to help the needy even at the risk of his life.

Read on as Sonu talks about his work, stealing a march over other heroes and more.

Sonu, you have been hailed as the ‘messiah of migrants’ for your phenomenal work for the migrants and so many other charities, but you insist you are “no messiah” as per the title of your book… so how would you describe yourself?

A lot of people started calling me messiah for the migrants when the whole movement started. I was providing jobs, medical help, education, safe passage for them … and I was feeling very happy about it as I believed it was my duty to help them. When the pandemic struck, and I think everybody was clueless on how to help and what to do. I just want to thank God for guiding me right so that I was able to touch so many souls - and I thank God for all the love that I got from them - I couldn’t have asked for anything more. They gave me this term ‘messiah’ and I would like to say that I’m no messiah. I’m just a common man who is blessed to touch those souls.

You have always been humble, understated and a little shy of talking about your numerous social endeavours which you have been doing over the years, but the pandemic spotlighted your heroic work. What makes you take to charity… I know your parents were an inspiration for you – but what makes you take out time for these endeavours?

I was always doing my bit whatever I could do. My mom and dad would always tell me that consider yourself successful only the day you are able to change a life. When you are able to do something for the needy who approaches you for help - and if you are able to change that life then consider yourself successful. So I always remember that and I always try to do whatever I can. During the pandemic, I feel there are lakhs and lakhs of people who got connected with me – I think it was almost seven and-a-half lakh people who connected with me. And I was approachable to everyone. We could give scholarships to thousands of people and conduct close to 2,700 surgeries. So yes, this was something I never imagined I would be able to do but I’m glad I was a part of this.

It is said that you are stealing a march over the other heroes because of your social endeavours. Do you think this is true?

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