- Actor type: Movies
- Gender: Female
- Country: India
- Languages: English, Hindi, Marathi
- Height: 173cm/5ft 8inch
- Chest: 34
- Bust: 28
- Waist: 36
- Hair Color: Black
- Skin Color: Light
- Eye Color: Black
- Hair Type: Long
- My Services: Movies
- Additional Skills: Writing
- Movies: Singham, Dil Chahta Hai, Deool
- Shows: Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa on Sony TV, Fear Factor – Khatron Ke Khiladi on Colors TV
- Awards: National Film Award ,Star Screen Awards, Filmfare Awards
Sonali with her husband Nachiket Pantvaidya at a Star Parivaar Awards event Kulkarni was born in Pune, Maharashtra. Her father is an engineer and she has two brothers: Sandeep and Sandesh. She completed her schooling from Abhinava Vidyalaya and did her graduation from Ferguson College, where she majored in Political Science and got a scholarship in Marathi literature. For her interest in acting she attended a workshop by Satyadev Dubey after which she and Sandesh formed a theater group called Samanvay. Sandesh is now a film director.
Sonali’s first movie was Cheluvi, aka the Flowering Tree (1992). The film is based on a Karnataka folk tale. Directed and written by Girish Karnad, it reflects on the role of women in Indian society (to serve loved ones without expectations, and regardless of her own suffering) and also contains an environmental message relating to deforestation. The film was shown at the Cannes Film Festival.
Sonali Kulkarni first made her appearance on the screen in a Kannada film titled Cheluvi, directed by Girish Karnad. She has appeared in many films including an Italian film titled Fuoco Su di Me, for which she won an award in the 2006 Milan International Film Festival.
She has received a Special Jury Award (non-feature) in the 49th National Film Awards (2002) for her role in a short film in Marathi; Chaitra.
Apart from acting, she was an editor with Viva, a supplement of Marathi daily newspaper Loksatta from June 2005 till May 2007. She used to pen a weekly column called “So Kool”. The columns are published in the book So Kool by Rajahansa Prakashan. Actor Nana Patekar on the release of this book said, “Whenever I read her articles, I feel she is talking to me. There is so much of simplicity in her writing.”