Sonia Rathee is an Indian-American actress, model, and dancer. She made headlines in October 2022 when she made her Bollywood debut with the film Tara vs Bilal as Tara, under the production banner of John Abraham, John Abraham Entertainment.
Sonia Rathee was born on Wednesday, 25 December 1996 (age 26 years; as of 2022) in Hisar, Haryana, India. She was bought up in San Diego, California, USA. Her zodiac sign is Capricorn. Sonia completed her graduation in finance and marketing from a college in Boston, United States.
Childhood picture of Sonia Rathee
Height: 5′ 8″
Weight (approx.): 55 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Body Measurements (approx.): 34-27-34
Sonia Rathee belongs to the Haryanavi family.
Parents & Siblings
Sonia’s father’s name is Joginder Singh.
Sonia Rathee, along with her father, Joginder Singh
Her mother, Usha Rathee, is a yoga instructor.
Sonia Rathee, along with her mother, Usha Rathee
Sonia has an elder brother, Ankur Rathee, an Indian actor and model who is married to Anuja Joshi, an Indian actress.
Sonia Rathee with Ankur Rathee
Husband & Children
As of 2022, Sonia is unmarried.
In 2022, it was rumoured that Sonia Rathee was in a relationship with Sundeep Kishan, an Indian actor and producer who primarily appears in Tamil-Telugu films. Reportedly, the couple met through a mutual friend, but neither of them publicly accepted their relationship.
A picture of Sundeep Kishan
A finance company employee in New York
Before pursuing her acting career in India, Sonia worked with a start-up finance company in New York. In an interview, she revealed that since childhood, she dreamt of becoming an actor and said,
I always wanted to be an actress, since I was a kid. But then we all grew up and we went to college and we were like ‘oh this is reality, maybe I should be in finance.’ So that’s what I did. I did finance and marketing, and I got a job in New York. I did that for one year, and then I was getting bored at work so I started taking acting classes. I started my own dance company. And then I quit my job one fine day. My mom and dad were like ‘we are not gonna let you go to India until you are able to get a full-time career in New York.’ So I got a full-time career in New York and then I came here.”
In 2018, Sonia appeared in the short film Night Encounters as Sonia on YouTube.
Poster of the short film Night Encounters on YouTube
In October 2022, Sonia made her debut in Bollywood with the film Tara vs Bilal starring Harshvardhan Rane in which she played the role of Tara.
Poster of Sonia Rathee’s debut Bollywood film Tara VS Bilal
In May 2021, Sonia made her acting debut with the web series Broken But Beautiful season 3 in which she played the role of Rumi Desai starring late actor Sidharth Shukla on ALT Balaji.
In an interview, Sonia talked about working with Siddharth Shukla, her co-star from the web series Broken But Beautiful season 3 and said,
When I first met him, he was extremely serious. But once I got to know him, I had an incredible time. He is a giving co-star. Before shooting every scene, we would sit down and discuss how we are viewing it. Building that friendship was important to shape the film.”
In December 2021, she appeared in the web series Decoupled as Masha on Netflix alongside R. Madhavan and Surveen Chawla.
Sonia Rathee in a still from the web series Decoupled on Netflix
In July 2022, Sonia was featured in the music video Chamkeela Chehra alongside Badshah.
Poster of Badshah’s music video Chamkeela Chehra featuring Sonia Rathee
Sonia Rathee has a self-titled YouTube channel, where she posts dance cover videos of different Bollywood songs. She was featured in the video titled “Shaadi Aaj Kal: A Wedding Story” on the YouTube channel FilterCopy.
Sonia Rathee in a still from the YouTube video Shaadi Aaj Kal: A Wedding Story
In 2014, Sonia worked under the production design department for the short film Seeking Mr. Brown. In the same year, she worked as the key hair stylist for the Hindi short film 100: The Tribute. In 2015, Sonia worked as an assistant designer for the short film The Rat.
- Ice cream flavour: Chocolate
Sonia Rathee has a quote tattoo “A Lioness doesn’t concern herself with the opinions of a sheep” above the stomach on the left side.
Sonia Rathee’s tattoo above her stomach
- Sonia is fondly called Sonali by her mother.
- Sonia is proficient in English and Spanish language.
- In an interview, Sonia revealed that she worked on her Hindi to prepare for the role in her debut Bollywood film Tara vs Bilal and said,
I grew up in the US in a Haryanvi household, so you can imagine how my natural accent might be. My Hindi has a bit of a Haryanvi twist to it, and my English is completely American.”
- Sonia is often spotted consuming alcoholic beverages on various occasions with friends and family members.
Sonia Rathee holding a glass of wine
- In an interview, Sonia talked about the challenges that she faced after shifting from the USA to India to pursue her career in acting and said,
I think one of my bigger problems was just adjusting to India. I spent my entire life in California, and then I moved to New York. So just coming here, obviously, I knew Hindi but just understanding the way people worked, how Mumbai worked especially… Like the difference in timing. Like everything is on Whatsapp here, and in America, everything is on email. There are all these small nuances that you are just learning and now it has kind of become my home. So that was kind of my biggest challenge. Industry-wise and working wise I have never been challenged like that.”
- Sonia, in an interview, revealed that before making her acting debut in India, her body weight was around 90 kg, but she worked extremely hard to get in shape.
- Her hobbies include boxing, dancing, and travelling.
- Sonia underwent physical training to prepare for her role as a thief in the music video Chamkeela Chehra by Badshah.
- In April 2021, Sonia Rathee was featured on the cover of The Door magazine, along with her brother, Ankur Rathee.
Sonia Rathee, along with her brother, Ankur Rathee, on the cover of The Door magazine