Sunny Deol PROFILE
Two time National Award winning actor Sunny Deol had very large shoes to fill when he decided to follow in his illustrious father's footsteps. But when Dharmendra's scion made a smashing debut in Betaab, it was obvious that Sunny would carry the legacy forward.
Born Ajay Singh Deol on 1st September 1957 at home in Sanhewal, Punjab to Dharmendra and Prakash Kaur, Sunny made his big screen debut opposite Amrita Singh in 'Betaab'. The 1983 romance saga about childhood lovers was a huge hit and instantly propelled the two newbies to fame.
After starring in the tragic romance of Sohni Mahiwal, he played the titular role of an unemployed youngster in 'Arjun'. The Rahul Rawail film went on to become a major hit and established Sunny's status as B'Town's most formidable action hero.
The following year, Sunny was the leading man in Juhi Chawla's debut film, Sultanat and also starred in movies such as Samundar, Yateem and Paap Ki Duniya. In 1989, he had back to back hits with Rajiv Rai's Tridev and Pankaj Parashar's ChaalBaaz.
With his portrayal of an amateur boxer wrongly accused of his brother's murder in Rajkumar Santoshi's Ghayal, Sunny proved that he still ruled the industry when it came to action sequences. Produced by the home banner, Vijayta Films, the movie was an instant hit with the masses and went on to win seven Filmfare Awards.
Some of his other popular hits in the early 90s include Vardi, Krodh, Yodha and Shankara. Rajiv Rai's Vishwatma was Sunny's only release in 1992. The hugely successful film also marked the debut of the late Divya Bharti.
In 1993, Sunny Deol's fans were treated to two superb performances by the actor in Damini and Darr. The actor impressed critics and won over audiences with his portrayal of the tough lawyer Govind in 'Damini' and his tareek pe tareek dialogue is quoted by many even today. He shared screen space with Juhi Chawla and Shah Rukh Khan in Yash Chopra's blockbuster 'Darr'.
Sunny's steady stream of hits, started with Jeet, in which he shared screen space with Salman Khan and Karisma Kapoor. The popular pair of Sunny and Meenakshi was seen for the last time in Rajkumar Santoshi's superhit Ghatak: Lethal. Sunny also played a pivotal role in JP Dutta's war epic Border, which boasted of a stellar cast consisting of Jackie Shroff, Suniel Shetty, Akshaye Khanna, Pooja Bhatt and Tabu. His portrayal of Deva, the gangster on the run who is falsely accused of his siblings' murders in Ziddi won over critics and audiences alike.
In 1999, after starring opposite Juhi Chawla in Arjun Pandit, Sunny Deol tried his hand at direction and helmed Dillagi. He also acted alongside younger brother Bobby Deol and Urmila Matondkar in his directorial debut, which was very well appreciated by critics and viewers alike.
Sunny played the role of lorry driver Tara Singh who falls in love with a Muslim girl (played by Ameesha Patel) in Anil Sharma's Gadar: Ek Prem Katha. The partition saga went to become a blockbuster and is the fifth highest grossing Bollywood film of all times. 'Gadar' was followed by the highly successful Indian in which Sunny essayed the character of DCP Rajshekhar Azad, an honest police officer who always sticks to his ideals.
Sunny's next few projects were extremely patriotic in nature and struck a chord with audiences across the country. He played the role of an Indian military officer in Maa Tujhhe Salaam and essayed the character of freedom fighter Chandrashekhar Azad in 23rd March 1931: Shaheed.
Sunny teamed up with 'Gadar' director Anil Sharma yet again for The Hero: Love Story of a Spy, which also starred Preity Zinta and Priyanka Chopra in her first onscreen appearance.
Sunny made an appearance alongside Dharamji and Bobby in Apne and then yet again in Yamla Pagla Deewana, which was one of the biggest successes of the year. While the second part is in its planning stages, Sunny is also busy with the sequel to 'Ghayal', titled 'Ghayal Returns' which will be helmed by Rahul Rawail. In 2013, we will get to see Sunny in four films, namely, Mohalla Assi, Bhaiyyaji Superhit, Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 and I Love New Year. He is also shooting for Anil Sharma's Singh Saab The Great.