Sonali Phogat left quite suddenly but her untimely death in Goa at the age of 42 has turned out to be a sensational murder case. TikTok star and Big Boss 14 contestant aside, the BJP leader’s career graph shows that she had humble beginnings but a thrust into prominence also meant that she courted numerous controversies.
Her death, earlier suspected to have been caused by a heart attack, has now been turned into a murder case with her personal assistant Sudhir Sangwan and his friend Sukhwinder behind bars. Phogat’s family has levelled allegations of rape against Sangwan and his aide.
When her husband Sanjay Phogat died under mysterious circumstances in 2016, Phogat had said she would never have imagined that a man such as her husband would leave so suddenly. While his death remains a mystery to this day, it would not be unusual to say the circumstances under which the actor-turned-politician died on August 23 are getting murkier.
Phogat’s career is reflected in her urge to always be seen, whether on television or on the big screen. The BJP leader from Hisar began as an anchor on Doordarshan, later found fame on TikTok and as an actress as well as graduated onto being a contestant on Big Boss, a controversy favourite.
Born in the small village of Bhuthan in Hisar on September 21, 1979, Phogat finished her schooling at Pioneer Convent School, Fatehabad, and completed her BA degree from Maharshi Dayanand University in Haryana. Her father is a farmer and she has three sisters and one brother.
Her professional career started in 2006 when she was an anchor on Hisar DD, following which she joined the BJP national working committee after two years. She was appointed national vice-president of the Mahila Morcha. Like all aspiring actors, Phogat went to Mumbai in 2016. But, it was when she started taking on acting roles, her husband Sanjay was found dead at their farmhouse in Hisar.
She has appeared in some Haryanvi movies with actors like Jimmy Shergill and Ravi Kishan, as well as played roles in television and web series.