Sunny Deol

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Sunny Deol
Sunny deol 2012.jpg
Deol in June 2012
BornAjay Singh Deol
(1956-10-19) 19 October 1956 (age 57)
Sahnewal, Punjab, India[1]
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
OccupationActor, director, producer
Years active1983 – Present
ChildrenKaran Deol
Rajvir Deol
ParentsDharmendra Deol
Prakash Kaur
RelativesBobby Deol (younger brother)
Abhay Deol (first cousin)
Esha Deol (half-sister)
Ahana Deol (half sister)
Hema Malini(step-mother)
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Sunny Deol
Sunny deol 2012.jpg
Deol in June 2012
BornAjay Singh Deol
(1956-10-19) 19 October 1956 (age 57)
Sahnewal, Punjab, India[1]
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
OccupationActor, director, producer
Years active1983 – Present
ChildrenKaran Deol
Rajvir Deol
ParentsDharmendra Deol
Prakash Kaur
RelativesBobby Deol (younger brother)
Abhay Deol (first cousin)
Esha Deol (half-sister)
Ahana Deol (half sister)
Hema Malini(step-mother)

Sunny Deol (born Ajay Singh Deol, 19 October 1956[2] ) is an Indian film actor, producer, director. Often referred to as "Action King of Bollywood"[by whom?], Deol has established himself as one of the leading actors of Hindi Cinema.[3]

Deol was born to Hindi Cinematic actor Dharmendra[4] To study acting, Deol learned from acting schools in England, where he joined the Old Rep Theater in Birmingham. There he studied theatre and acting. Since, he has won two National Film Awards,[5] as well as two Filmfare Awards.[6]

Deol's films such as Border (1997) and Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001) remain some of Bollywood's biggest hits,[7] while films like Betaab (1983), Arjun (1985),Saltanat (1986), Paap Ki Duniya (1988), Tridev (1989), Ghayal (1990), Damini – Lightning (1993), Darr (1993), Jeet (1996), Ghatak: Lethal (1996), Ziddi (1997), Indian (2001), The Hero: Love Story of a Spy (2003), Apne (2007), Yamla Pagla Deewana (2011), Singh Saab The Great (2013) are other successful films thus making him one of the successful leading actors of Bollywood.[8][9] Gadar: Ek Prem Katha, if inflation is taken into account, is the second-highest grossing movie of Indian film history[10] and most watched Bollywood movie of modern era in theatres.[11]

Early life[edit]

Deol was born as Ajay Deol into a Sikh Jatt[12] family in the Sahnewal village of Punjab, India (near ludhiana) to Bollywood actor Dharmendra[13] and Prakash Kaur. Sunny is eldest son of Dharmendra. His stepmother is Hema Malini.[14] He has a brother Bobby Deol and two sisters Vijayta Deol and Ajeeta Deol who are settled in California, he also has two half-sisters, Esha Deol and Ahana Deol.[15] His cousin Abhay Deol is also a successful actor.



Deol made his debut opposite debutant Amrita Singh in Betaab (1983) which was a blockbuster & launched both Sunny & Amrita Singh's career's. His performance won him his first Filmfare Best Actor Award Nomination.[16] He then went through a lean phase for a couple of years until Rahul Rawail's Arjun (1985) came. He played the titular role of an unemployed youngster in Arjun. The film went on to become a major hit and established Sunny's status as an action hero. In 1986 he appeared alongside his father in Sultanat. What followed were a bunch of hits like Dacait (1987), Yateem (1988) and Paap Ki Duniya (1988)[17] 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.[18] His performance won him his second Filmfare Best Actor Award and also his first National Film Award.[19] In 1991, Sunny starred in about 5 films but only Narsimha was a success. Rajiv Rai's Vishwatma was Sunny's only release in 1992. His role of a lawyer in Damini – Lightning (1993) fetched him several awards and accolades in Bollywood. Shahrukh Khan shared screen space with Juhi Chawla and Sunny Deol in Yash Chopra's blockbuster Darr. In the mid-nineties he delivered four big hits in a row Jeet (1996), Ghatak: Lethal (1996), Ziddi (1997) and Border (1997)[20] 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[21]


In 2001, he starred in the film Farz opposite Preity Zinta.[22] Sunny played the role of lorry driver Tara Singh who falls in love with a Muslim girl in Anil Sharma's Gadar: Ek Prem Katha. The partition saga went to become an all time blockbuster and was the highest grossing Bollywood film ever that time as well as the biggest hit of the 21st century, earning Rs 973 million in India.[23][24] He was nominated for the Filmfare Best Actor Award for his portrayal.[25] His third release that year saw him playing the title role in the action film Indian, a remake of the Tamil film Vallarasu in which Sunny essayed the character of DCP Rajshekhar Azad, an honest police officer. The movie was a success.[22] 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.

In 2003 Sunny Deol teamed up with 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.[26] which released on 11 April and was billed as Bollywood's most expensive film that time with an estimated budget of INR600 million (US$9.6 million)[27] The film received mostly positive reviews from critics and became the third highest-grossing Bollywood film of that year[28] Sunny made an appearance alongside Dharmendra and Bobby Deol in Apne (2007)[29] and then yet again in Yamla Pagla Deewana[30][31]


Deol's first release of 2010 was Right Yaaa Wrong.[32] The film was critically successful, but moderately successful commercially.[33] Yamla Pagla Deewana was Sunny's only release in 2011 and one of the biggest successes of the year[34] In 2011, he started working in Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru's I Love New Year opposite Tannishtha Chatterjee and in Chandraprakash Dwivedi's Mohalla Assi opposite Sakshi Tanwar but for some reason's both films have been delayed. For the first time in his career, Sunny will lend his voice (for Bheem) in the Animated film Mahabharata; produced by Jayantilal Gada of PEN India Pvt Ltd. His future ventures includes Neeraj Pathak's Bhaiyyaji Superhitt (where he plays a double role for the first time),[citation needed] Anil Sharma's Singh Sahab The Great, Sangeeth Sivan's Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 and Rahul Rawail's Ghayal Returns .

Personal life[edit]

Sunny Deol has always maintained a low profile in the media about his personal life. He is married to Pooja Deol. The couple have two sons Karan Deol and Rajvir Deol. Karan Deol was an assistant director on the sets of Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 and he also rapped in a song sung by Diljit Dosanjh in the film YPD 2. Karan is to make his Bollywood debut by 2015 in Dharmendra's home production.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Apart from National Film Awards, Filmfare Awards and other competitive awards which Deol won for his performances throughout the years, he has been awarded several honours for his achievements in the Indian film industry.


1983BetaabSunny KapoorNominated – Filmfare Best Actor Award
1984SunnySunny Inderjit
Manzil ManzilVijay ('Sonu')
Sohni MahiwalMahiwal / Mirza Izzat Beg
1985ZabardastSunder Kumar / Shyam
ArjunArjun Malvankar
1986Saveray Wali GaadiRavidas
1987DacaitArjun Yadav
1988YateemInspector Krishna
InteqamAjay / Birju
Paap Ki DuniyaSuraj / Ashok
1989Nigahen: Nagina Part IIAnand
MajboorInspector Sunil
Main Tera DushmanGopalSpecial Appearance
TridevInspector Karan Saxena
VardiInspector Ajay Kumar Singh
Aag Ka GolaVikram Singh / Shankar 'Shaka'
1990KroadhAjay 'Ajju' V. Shukla
GhayalAjay MehraNational Film Award – Special Jury Award
Filmfare Best Actor Award
1991YodhaAdvocate Karan Srivastav
Vishnu-DevaaVishnu Prasad / Insp. Vishnu Subramaniam / Jack D'Souza
1992VishwatmaInspector Prabhat Singh
1993GunaahRavi Sohni
LootereInspector Karan
KshatriyaVinay Pratap Singh (Surjangarh)
Damini – LightningGovindNational Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
Izzat Ki RotiJeet
VeertaMangal SinghDelayed Film
DarrSunil Malhotra
1994InsaniyatKarim Lala
1995Dushmani: A Violent Love StorySuraj Singh
1996HimmatAgent Ajay Saxena
Ghatak: LethalKashi NathNominated – Filmfare Best Actor Award
1997BorderMajor Kuldeep SinghNominated – Filmfare Best Actor Award
ZiddiDeva Pradhan
Aur Pyaar Ho GayaHimselfSpecial Appearance
ZorArjun Singh
1998SalaakhenVishal Agnihotri
Iski Topi Uske SarrBhangra Dancer
1999Pyaar Koi Khel NahinAnand
Arjun PanditArjun Dixit / Arjun Pandit
DillagiRanvir Singh
2000ChampionInspector Rajveer Singh
2001FarzDCP Karan Singh
Gadar: Ek Prem KathaTara SinghNominated- Filmfare Best Actor Award
Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar KeSagarSpecial Appearance
IndianDCP Rajshekhar Azad
KasamShankarDelayed film
2002Maa Tujhhe SalaamMajor Pratap Singh
23rd March 1931: ShaheedChandrashekhar Azad
Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi KahaniKaran SaxenaExtended Special Appearance
Karz: The Burden of TruthSuraj Singh
2003The Hero: Love Story of a SpyMajor Arun Khanna/Batra/Wahid
Kaise Kahoon Ke... Pyaar HaiArjun SinghSpecial Appearance
Jaal: The TrapAjay Kaul
Khel – No Ordinary GameA.C.P. Rajveer Scindia
2004Lakeer – Forbidden LinesArjun Rana
Rok Sako To Rok LoKabir (Phantom)
2005Jo Bole So NihaalHavaldar Nihaal Singh
2006NakshaVeer K. Malhotra
Teesri Aankh: The Hidden CameraACP Arjun Singh
2007KaafilaCol. Sameer Ahmed Khan
Fool & FinalMunna
Big BrotherDevdhar S.'Deva' Gandhi / Sharma
ApneAngad B. Singh Choudhary
2008HeroesSquadron Leader Vikram Shergill
2009FoxInspector Yashwant Deshmukh
2009Punjab GoldDelayed Film<>(Punjabi)
2010Right Yaaa WrongACP Ajay Shridhar
Khuda KasamHussainDelayed Film
Hello DarlingNikhil BajajSpecial Appearance
2011Yamla Pagla DeewanaParamveer Singh Dhillon
2013Yamla Pagla Deewana 2Paramveer Singh Dhillon
Singh Saab the Great[35][36][37]Saranjeet Singh
Mahabharat 3D FilmBheem (Voice)
I Love New YearFebruary 2014
2014Bhaiyyaji SuperhittFilming
Ghayal ReturnsUnder Production and also might direct
Mohalla AssiDharmanath PandeyRelease Postponed
DishkiyaoonLakwaReleasing 28 March 2014
Border 2Captain of BSFFilming
2015Ishq De MaareWith Bobby Deol & Dharmendra

Dubbing career[edit]

On August 2013, A news article has stated that Sunny Deol has led his voice to Vin Diesel's character as Richard B. Riddick in the Hindi dubbed version of the American film, Riddick, which is a third in the film series.[38][39]

Dubbing Roles[edit]

Live Action Films[edit]

Film titleActorCharacterDub LanguageOriginal LanguageOriginal Year ReleaseDub Year ReleaseNotes
RiddickVin DieselRichard B. RiddickHindiEnglish20132013

See also[edit]


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  13. ^ "The Deols". vijaytafilms. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
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  18. ^ "Ghayal". Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
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  26. ^ "third highest grosser". Box Office India. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  27. ^ "The Hero stunt most exacting, says Sunny Deol". Times of India. 17 March 2003. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  28. ^ "Box Office 2003". Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  29. ^ "Apne". Times of India. 1 January 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2011. [dead link]
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  31. ^ "Top Hits". Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  32. ^ "Subhash Ghai-Sunny Deol tensed about Right Yaaa Wrong". Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  33. ^ "Right Ya Wrong is suprise of the year". Times of India. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
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  38. ^ "Sunny Deol to dub for Vin Diesel in 'Riddick'?". 22 August 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  39. ^ "Sunny Deol to do Indian voiceover for Vin Diesel's 'Riddick'?". 22 August 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 

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