Anup Soni (Anuup Sonii) Wiki, Height, Age, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

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Anup Soni

Anup Soni is an Indian actor and anchor. He is best known for being the host of the Indian television series ‘Crime Patrol’ (2003).

Wiki/Biography

Anup Soni was born on Thursday, 30 January 1975 (age 45 years; as of 2020) in Ludhiana, Punjab. His zodiac sign is Aquarius.

Anup Soni as a Child

Anup Soni as a Child

He graduated from the National School of Drama, New Delhi with a specialization in acting.

Anup Soni During His First Play at National School of Drama

Anup Soni During His First Play at National School of Drama

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 10″

Eye Colour: Black

Hair Colour: Black

Anup Soni

Family & Caste

He belongs to a Punjabi business-class family.

Parents & Siblings

His mother’s name is Kiran Soni and his father’s name is Ramesh Chandra Soni.

Anup Soni with his Mother

Anup Soni with his Mother

Anup Soni with his Father

Anup Soni with his Father

Wife & Children

In 1998, Anup met Ritu, an employee at an advertising and marketing company called Lintas (now MullenLowe Lintas Group). In September 1999, they both got married.

Anup Soni with Ritu Soni

Anup Soni with Ritu Soni

He has two daughters with Ritu: Zoya (born in 2004) and Myra (born in 2008).

Ritu Soni with her Daughters

Ritu Soni with her Daughters

While working on a play by the Indian theatre actress and director Nadira Babbar (wife of Bollywood actor-turned-politician Raj Babbar), he met her daughter Juhi Babbar, a theatre actress. Anup and Juhi started seeing each other when he was still married to Ritu. After dating Juhi for a while, he divorced Ritu in 2010 and got married to Juhi Babbar on 14 March 2011 in a quiet ceremony attended only by family and close friends.

Anup Soni with Juhi Babbar

Anup Soni with Juhi Babbar

In 2012, Anup and Juhi welcomed their son, Imaan.

Anup Soni with his Wife and Son

Anup Soni with his Wife and Son

Career

Television

He made his television debut as an actor with the series ‘Aahat’ (1995) in episode 35 as ‘Mohan.’

Anup Soni in Aahat (1995)

Anup Soni in Aahat (1995)

He then acted in the series: Safar (1996), Sea Hawks (1997), Byomkesh Bakshi (1997), and Saaya (1998). After working in television for a few years, he began working in films, and made his return to television with the show ‘CID: Special Bureau’ (2004) as ‘ACP Ajatshashtru.’

Anup Soni in CID

Anup Soni in CID

He has also acted in the TV series: Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii (2006-07), Shubh Vivah (2012), and Balika Vadhu (2008-14). He made his web debut with the series ‘The Test Case’ (2018) as ‘Lt. Col Imtiaz Hussain,’ which aired on ALTBalaji.

Anup Soni on the Set of The Test Case (2018)

Anup Soni on the Set of The Test Case (2018)

He has also acted in the web series ‘Bombers’ (2019), which aired on Zee 5.

Films

He made his film debut as an actor with the Bollywood film ‘Godmother’ (1999) as ‘Meru.’

Anup Soni in Godmother (1999)

Anup Soni in Godmother (1999)

He has acted in the Bollywood films: Fiza (2000), Raaz (2002), Gangaajal (2003), Khushi (2003), Prasatthanam (2019), and Raat Baaki Hai (2020). He made his Punjabi debut with the National Award-winning film ‘Des Hoyaa Pardes’ (2004) as ‘SHO Randhawa.’

Des Hoyaa Pardes (2004)

He made his Marathi debut with the film ‘Fatteshikast’ (2019) as Shaista Khan,’ which was released on ZEE5.

Fatteshikast (2019)

Fatteshikast (2019)

Other Works

In 2003, he began hosting the popular real-life based crime show ‘Crime Patrol.’ The show was a huge success in the Indian television industry and he garnered huge popularity as the host of the show. In 2018, he decided to abandon the show to focus on his acting career (films & TV shows).

Crime Patrol (2003)

He has also worked in many theatre productions including Ektuje Theatre’s (his mother-in-law’s theatre company) plays. He also gives acting training to the Ekjute Theatre actors.

Controversies

  • In 2012, Anup got into trouble when he said that Indian men were not brought up well, during the show ‘Crime Patrol.’ After he faced a huge backlash for his statement, he immediately apologized and said, 

    I said this line at end of one of “Crime Patrol”’s episodes and after I said it I was a bit apprehensive and realised it would hurt a lot of sensibilities.”

  • In September 2020, after Kangana Ranaut alleged that ninety-nine per cent of Bollywood consumed narcotic substances, Anup Soni took to his Twitter and took a dig at Kangana saying that one cannot blame the whole industry for such vice and people holding such assumptions should join some other industry, especially “Rajneeti” (politics).

Awards & Achievements

  • Awarded Common Man in Cinema Award (named after Om Puri by Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF)) in 2019

Indian Television Academy Awards

  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role for the show ‘Balika Vadhu’ in 2011
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role for the show ‘Balika Vadhu’ in 2012

Favourite Things

  • Film Director: Aparna Sen

Facts/Trivia

  • His hobbies include collecting watches and listening to music. Talking about his hobby, he said,

    I love watches and have an exclusive collection of mostly all the famous brands.”

  • He wanted to become an actor since his childhood and acted in many plays during his school days.
    Anup Soni (First from Left) in his School Play

    Anup Soni (First from Left) in his School Play

  • He also goes by the name Anoop Soni and Anuup Sonii.
  • He owns a Maruti Gypsy King.
    Anup Soni Posing with his Car

    Anup Soni Posing with his Car

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