Sonnalli Seygall came into the limelight right with her debut film ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ co-starring Kartik Aaryan, Nushrratt Bharuccha, Divyenndu Sharma among others. As the film turns 10, the actress also marks a decade in the industry. Speaking to ETimes exclusively, she opened up about her journey so far, breaking stereotypes, memories of her first film and more. Excerpts:

How would you describe your journey of 10 years in Bollywood?

My journey has been surprising, beautiful and passionate, but at the same time difficult. I really believe that someone like me, who has no Godfather in the industry, can only survive if you’re extremely passionate about your work.

Were you getting stereotyped in roles after PKP?

For the longest time, I was stereotyped into glamorous, sexy and negative roles. This was the case between ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ and ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2’. But after ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2’, I started getting roles that were not just about glamour. For instance, I did ‘Setters’ and ‘Highjack’. Even though there was limited screen time, these were performance-oriented roles. At the same time, I was also getting offered glamorous roles that I stayed away from, like Hate Story. And after ‘Jai Mummy Di’, things changed a lot. The kind of roles that are offered to me now are all about breaking stereotypes. My next film, ‘Boondi Raita’ sees me in a very different avatar. It’s not a glamorous part at all. I believe that my belief in myself and the roles I want to do or stay away from has helped me decide my path and not get stereotyped.

Share one fond memory from the sets of PKP…

There are a lot of wonderful memories from the sets of both ‘Pyar Ka Punchnama’ and ‘Pyar Ka Punchnama 2′. Since it was our first film, we kind of grew up together. I have many memories but the most memorable one was when I gave my first shot for the film. We were supposed to come on the sets every day, even when we were not shooting. The idea was to get comfortable with each other and our surroundings and also learn from each other. My turn didn’t come for almost a week after the mahurat and I was so restless; I wanted to go in front of the camera. When I did get my first shot, a montage rainy sequence of a song, it was such an amazing feeling!

Are you in touch with your co-stars?

Yes, I’m in touch with my co-actors and a lot of people from the crew. It’s a very special team and as we grew together as artists. We’ve shared a lot of personal ups and downs and we’ve been part of each other’s family functions too.

How would you describe Kartik as a co-star?

Kartik is super funny and witty. The best thing about working with him is that he always makes you laugh. And I miss it because I haven’t worked with him for so long. There’s never a dull moment with him and I love that.

When can we see you in the next sequel of PKP?

I’m waiting to answer that question with a concrete date, but nothing has been finalised as of now. A lot of things have got thrown off because of the pandemic. So many people are waiting for ‘Pyar Ka Punchnama 3’ and I hope it happens soon and entertains all the fans that are so attached to the series.


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