Sonu Sood is an Indian film actor, producer, and humanitarian who acts predominantly in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Punjabi films. In September 2020, Sood was chosen for the prestigious ?SDG Special Humanitarian Action Award’ by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for his humanitarian works during COVID-19 pandemic. In 2009, he received the Andhra Pradesh State Nandi Award for Best Villain and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Telugu for his work in the Telugu blockbuster Arundhati. In 2010, he garnered the Apsara Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role and the IIFA Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role for the Bollywood blockbuster Dabangg. In 2012, he received the SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role for Julayi. He is best known for roles in blockbuster films such as Yuva (2004), Athadu (2005), Aashiq Banaya Aapne (2005), Ashok (2006), Jodhaa Akbar (2008), Dookudu (2011), Shootout at Wadala (2013), Happy New Year (2014), Kung Fu Yoga (2017) and Simmba (2018). In July 2016, he established the production house Shakti Sagar Productions, which is named after his father, Shakti Sagar Sood.