Sunny Deol

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Sunny Deol
Sunny deol 2012.jpg
Deol in June 2012
Born Ajay Singh Deol
(1956-10-19) 19 October 1956 (age 57)
Sahnewal, Punjab, India[1]
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Ethnicity Punjabi
Occupation Actor, director, producer
Years active 1983 – Present
Religion Sikhism
Children Karan Deol
Rajvir Deol
Parents Dharmendra Deol
Prakash Kaur
Relatives Bobby 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. 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 (1984) 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$10 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 and Rahul Rawail's Ghayal Returns . His next film Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 which was release June 2013, which was not appreciated by critics & Viewers. Although his role "Paramveer" was apriciated by everyone.[35] This film earns just US$6.7 million where as Yamla Pagla Deewana earns US$14 million.

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.


Year Title Role Notes
1983 Betaab Sunny Kapoor Nominated – Filmfare Best Actor Award
1984 Sunny Sunny Inderjit
Manzil Manzil Vijay ('Sonu')
Sohni Mahiwal Mahiwal / Mirza Izzat Beg
1985 Zabardast Sunder Kumar / Shyam
Arjun Arjun Malvankar
1986 Saveray Wali Gaadi Ravidas
Sultanat Sultan
Samundar Ajit
1987 Dacait Arjun Yadav
1988 Yateem Inspector Krishna
Inteqam Ajay / Birju
Paap Ki Duniya Suraj / Ashok
Ram-Avtar Ram
1989 Nigahen: Nagina Part II Anand
Majboor Inspector Sunil
Main Tera Dushman Gopal Special Appearance
Joshilaay Dara
Tridev Inspector Karan Saxena
ChaalBaaz Suraj
Vardi Inspector Ajay Kumar Singh
Aag Ka Gola Vikram Singh / Shankar 'Shaka'
1990 Kroadh Ajay 'Ajju' V. Shukla
1991 Yodha Advocate Karan Srivastav
Shankara Shankara
Narsimha Narsimha
Vishnu-Devaa Vishnu Prasad / Insp. Vishnu Subramaniam / Jack D'Souza
1992 Vishwatma Inspector Prabhat Singh
1993 Gunaah Ravi Sohni
Lootere Inspector Karan
Kshatriya Vinay Pratap Singh (Surjangarh)
Damini – Lightning Govind National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
Izzat Ki Roti Jeet
Veerta Mangal Singh Delayed Film
Darr Sunil Malhotra
1994 Insaniyat Karim Lala
Imtihaan Raja
1995 Dushmani: A Violent Love Story Suraj Singh
Angrakshak Ajay
1996 Himmat Agent Ajay Saxena
Jeet Karan
Ajay Ajay
Ghatak: Lethal Kashi Nath Nominated – Filmfare Best Actor Award
1997 Border Major Kuldeep Singh Nominated – Filmfare Best Actor Award
Ziddi Deva Pradhan
Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya Himself Special Appearance
Qahar Raja
Zor Arjun Singh
1998 Salaakhen Vishal Agnihotri
Iski Topi Uske Sarr Bhangra Dancer
1999 Pyaar Koi Khel Nahin Anand
Arjun Pandit Arjun Dixit / Arjun Pandit
Dillagi Ranvir Singh
2000 Champion Inspector Rajveer Singh
2001 Farz DCP Karan Singh
Gadar: Ek Prem Katha Tara Singh Nominated- Filmfare Best Actor Award
Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke Sagar Special Appearance
Indian DCP Rajshekhar Azad
Kasam Shankar Delayed film
2002 Maa Tujhhe Salaam Major Pratap Singh
23rd March 1931: Shaheed Chandrashekhar Azad
Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani Karan Saxena Extended Special Appearance
Karz: The Burden of Truth Suraj Singh
2003 The Hero: Love Story of a Spy Major Arun Khanna/Batra/Wahid
Kaise Kahoon Ke... Pyaar Hai Arjun Singh Special Appearance
Jaal: The Trap Ajay Kaul
Khel – No Ordinary Game A.C.P. Rajveer Scindia
2004 Lakeer – Forbidden Lines Arjun Rana
Rok Sako To Rok Lo Kabir (Phantom)
2005 Jo Bole So Nihaal Havaldar Nihaal Singh
2006 Naksha Veer K. Malhotra
Teesri Aankh: The Hidden Camera ACP Arjun Singh
2007 Kaafila Col. Sameer Ahmed Khan
Fool & Final Munna
Big Brother Devdhar S.'Deva' Gandhi / Sharma
Apne Angad B. Singh Choudhary
2008 Heroes Squadron Leader Vikram Shergill
2009 Fox Inspector Yashwant Deshmukh
2009 Punjab Gold Punjabi
2010 Right Yaaa Wrong ACP Ajay Shridhar
Khuda Kasam Hussain
Hello Darling Nikhil Bajaj Special Appearance
2011 Yamla Pagla Deewana Paramveer Singh Dhillon
2013 Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 Paramveer Singh Dhillon
Singh Saab the Great[36][37][38] Saranjeet Singh
Mahabharat 3D Film Bheem (Voice)
I Love New Year February 2014
2014 Dishkiyaoon Lakwa

Unreleased films[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2013 I Love New Year Delayed
2014 Bhaiyyaji Superhitt Announced
Ghayal Returns Announced
Mohalla Assi Dharmanath Pandey Release Postponed
2015 Border 2 announced
Ishq De Maree


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.[39][40]

Dubbing Roles[edit]

Live Action Films[edit]

Film title Actor Character Dub Language Original Language Original Year Release Dub Year Release Notes
Riddick (film)s Vin Diesel Richard B. Riddick Hindi English 2013 2013

See also[edit]


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  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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  32. ^ "Subhash Ghai-Sunny Deol tensed about Right Yaaa Wrong". Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
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  38. ^ "Sunny Deol to shoot 'Singh Saheb The Great' in Bhopal - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  39. ^ "Sunny Deol to dub for Vin Diesel in 'Riddick'?". 22 August 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  40. ^ "Sunny Deol to do Indian voiceover for Vin Diesel's 'Riddick'?". 22 August 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 

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