Made her appearance on the silver screen in a Kannada movie titled 'Cheluvi', and thereafter has appeared in a total of 32 movies, which includes an Italian film titled 'Fuoco Si Di Me' for which she won an award in the 2006 Milan International Film Festival.
She has received a Special Jury Award (non-feature film) in the 49th National Film Awards (2002) for her role in a short film in Marathi Chaitra (film).
Apart from acting, she is also an editor with 'Viva', a supplement of 'Loksatta', and pens a weekly column called 'So Kool'.
Sonali has shown her dancing skills in a popular dance program (Jhalak dikla jaa) on Sony TV.
She was married to famous Marathi play director Chandrakant Kulkarni for a while, but the couple divorced. She did her schooling from Abhinava Vidyalaya Marathi Medium School, Pune. In May 2010, she married the Managing Director of Fox Television Studio India, Nachiket Pantvaidya, in a low profile wedding ceremony