Sonali Kulkarni (born 3 November 1974) is an Indian actress. She was born in Pune. She has worked in Kannada, Gujarati, Marathi, Hindi, and Tamil films. She is known for her roles in Doghi, Deool, Dil Chahta Hai , Singham , Taxi No 9211.
Sonali has been honoured with the Filmfare (Marathi) Best Actress Awards for Doghi in 1996. She has got the Star Screen Best Actress (Marathi) Awards for Devraj in 2004. She has been bestowed with Special Jury Award in the 49th National Film Award for the movie Chaitra. The Italian film Fuoco Di Su Me (translates to Fire at my Heart) in which she acted earned her the honour of Red Carpet Grand Screening at the 62nd Venice Film Festival. It was also a great honour for her to share the red carpet with the legendary Omar Shariff.
Sonali recently visited the Pinnawala (Pinnawela) Elephant Orphanage and says that it was an amazing experience for her .She had been on a Vacation to Shi Lanka along with her Family members.
The Pinnawala (Pinnawela) Elephant Orphanage was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Wildlife Department in a 25 acre coconut property adjoining the Maha Oya River. The orphanage was originally founded in order to afford care and protection to the many orphaned Elephants found in the jungles of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala (Pinnawela) Elephant Orphanage is located in the village Pinnawala in the district of Kegalle at a distance of 90km from Colombo.
The primary purpose of the orphanage has been to provide a lifeline to the orphaned baby elephants and adult elephants lost in the wilderness. In many occasions the mother of the orphaned baby elephant had been killed or there have been accidents of baby elephants falling into pits and losing out to the herd. There were also instances the mother elephant had fallen into a pit and died leaving the baby elephant lost in the jungle. There are instances of adult elephants being killed by farmers to protect their paddy fields and crops resulting in baby elephants being orphaned.
The Pinnawala (Pinnawela) Elephant Orphanage was launched to provide the best possible opportunity to the sad victims of such situations.