Sunny Deol was named Ajay Singh Deol when he was born on the 19th of October, 1956 in New Delhi. His father is one of the great names of the Indian film industry, Dharmendra, while his mother, Prakash Kaur is a simple home maker. Sunny was born into a Sikh family. He is Dharmendra’s eldest son, while Bobby Deol who is an actor too, is the younger son. He has two sisters- Vijayta and Ajeeta. Abhay Deol who is also part of the film fraternity, is his cousin. Before joining the Bollywood industry, Sunny Deol went to England to pursue studies in theater and acting and joined the Old Web Theater in Birmingham.
A Young Sunny
With Father, Mother and Brother
With Dharmendra, Bobby and Abhay
Since Dharmendra had a second marriage with Bollywood’s Hema Malini, Sunny has two half sisters- Esha and Ahana. Esha has already tried her luck in the Hindi film industry and got married recently which was a big media affair, while Ahana ia waiting for the right script to make her entry in the Hindi movie scene.
Dharmendra’s marriage with Hema
Hema Malini with Esha and Ahana
Sunny Deol made a spectacular debut in Bollywood with his 1983 hit Betaab with another new co-star, Amrita Singh. This romantic- action drama directed by Rahul Rawail won him thousands of fans and paved his way in the industry. It earned him the Filmfare Award for Best Debut. Below is a list of Sunny Deol’s most famous movies.
The 1985 film Arjun, directed by Rahul Rawail again, re-energised Sunny’s flagging career after his first movie. Sunny’s acting skills as well as action skills were appreciated by the public and this movie was the start to his action image. Tridev and Chaalbaaz were great successful hits of his, for him to end the 1980s with a bang.
Amidst the high of college romances of 1990s in Hindi movies, Sunny Deol struck a blow for action in the form of Rajkumar Santoshi’s super hit Ghayal. He showed that action still holds a place in the audience’s hearts and minds. This movie won Sunny his second Filmfare Best Actor Award in 1990 as well as his first National Award.
Damini – Lightning was a movie released in 1993 and Sunny Deol’s role of a lawyer is remembered till today and his dialogues in the movie have become a part of film lore. The film was a huge hit all over and fetched him many awards.
Yash Choprs’s Darr was a movie where the storyline had a lot of scope for Sunny to show off his romantic as well as action skills, but he felt short changed when the movie was released. Sunny felt that ShahRukh Khan, the villain of the movie, had got a meatier role than him and had managed to get the audience’s attention and sympathy.
The 1997 super hit film Border sealed Sunny Deol’s ‘Action King of Bollywood’ title. This J.P.Dutta movie based on a true battle during the Indo-Pak war was a part of hit movies Sunny Deol starred in towards the end of the 90s.
Though Sunny Deol had been producing movies under his own home banner Vijayta Films, he turned towards direction for the movie Dillagi in 1999, where he acted along with Bobby and Urmila Matondkar. The movie was a moderate success.
It was in 2001, when the Anil Sharma directed Gadar: Ek Prem Katha was released. Sunny’s role of an Indian truck driver who falls in love with a Pakistani girl played by Ameesha Patel, was loved by all and the movie turned into the second highest grossing Hindi movie till now. He continued to play roles with a strong patriotic flavour during this time.
Gadar: Ek Prem Katha
Sunny’s The Hero: Love Story of a Spy, was a 2003 film directed by Anil Sharma. This movie was reportedly the most expensive Hindi movie at that time.
The Hero: Love Story of a Spy
Sunny Deol teamed up with his father, Dharmendra and brother, Bobby for the movies Apne in 2007 and Yamla Pagla Deewana in 2011.
Yamla Pagla Deewana
It is rare to read about Sunny Deol in film magazines, mainly because he likes to keep a low profile regarding himself and his family. His wife Pooja is rarely seen in public and the media too doesn’t seem to have much information regarding her and her relationship with her husband. His two sons Karan or Rocky and Rajvir have professed to be interested in joining the family profession and Rocky is soon to be launched in a movie.
With wife Pooja
Though Sunny Deol has been a part of some of the biggest grossing movies in Bollywood history, he doesn’t seem to have got his due from the media people. He is loved by his fans and yet his name is rarely put forward in the sundry lists of actors published by film magazines. His fans are eager to see Sunny Deol more often on the wide screen.