Esha Deol

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Esha Deol
Esha Deol .jpg
Deol in 2015
Born (1981-11-02) 2 November 1981 (age 40)
Alma materMithibai College
Years active2002-present
Bharat Takhtani
(m. 2012)
FamilyDeol family

Esha Deol Takhtani[1] (born 2 November 1981) is an Indian actress and model who predominantly appears in Hindi films. The daughter of actor-politicians Dharmendra and Hema Malini, Deol made her debut in Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe (2002), which earned her awards and nominations including the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.[2]

Early life[edit]

Deol performing with her mother and sister in 2010

Esha Deol was born in Bombay (present Mumbai) on 2 November 1981.[3][4] She is the elder daughter of Bollywood actors Dharmendra (Dharam Singh Deol) and Hema Malini. She has a younger sister named Ahana.[5] She is the half sister of actors Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol and first cousin of actor Abhay Deol.[citation needed] Her father is Punjabi Jat,[6] and her mother Tamil Hindu Iyengar Brahmin.[7][8] She speaks Tamil with her mother and sister.[9][10]

During her school days at Jamnabai Narsee School, she was passionate about football and played as a midfielder. She was the captain of her school football team, represented her college in handball at the state level and was also selected for the Indian national women's football team.[citation needed] She then went on to attend Oxford University and obtained a master's degree in Media Arts and Computer Technology.


Debut and early work (2002–2003)[edit]

Deol at an event

She started her acting career in a lead role with Vinay Shukla's Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe (2002) opposite Aftab Shivdasani, with Sanjay Kapoor, Jaya Bachchan and Anupam Kher playing supporting roles. This movie was a box office failure. Deol received mixed reactions from critics upon her performance. Savera R Someshwar of wrote "Esha, as a person, exudes a confidence that almost borders on arrogance."[11] Rakesh Budhu of Planet Bollywood wrote "She isn't horrible, but given the hype, the demands and of course, comparisons, she surely isn't up to the mark. … Of course, she is nowhere close to being a washout and if you are her fan you can appreciate the other aspects of her performances without completely losing faith in her future projects."[12] Despite mixed reactions and box office failure, Deol won numerous awards for her performance including the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut at the 48th Filmfare Awards.[2]

Deol's second film was Arjun Sablok's love triangle Na Tum Jaano Na Hum opposite Saif Ali Khan and Hrithik Roshan. Taran Adarsh of IndiaFm praised her acting and wrote "it is Esha Deol who surprises you with a mature performance. Although her looks are inconsistent, the youngster takes on the role with utmost sincerity and comes out with a natural performance. She has been better presented when compared to her debut film."[13] Bhavna Giani of Rediff praised Deol's acting and dancing and compared it to Deol's mother Hema Malini.[14] Deol's third and final release of the year was Sanjay Chhel's Kyaa Dil Ne Kahaa opposite Tusshar Kapoor. It was Deol's third consecutive flop but she earned critical acclaim and Taran Adarsh observed that it was her better performance as compared to her previous two films.[15]

Deol's first two movies of 2003: Kucch To Hai and Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne were box office failures. For Kucch To Hai, Deol earned mixed reviews from Taran Adarsh, who wrote "Esha Deol shows improvement in terms of performance as well as her overall appearance."[16] Taran Adarsh considered Deol to be "alright" in Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne.[17]

Deol was one of the heroines of J.P. Dutta's multi starrer war epic LOC: Kargil and was paired with Abhishek Bachchan. Though Deol and all the other heroines could not get much scope, she earned critical acclaim for her performance.[18][19] The film became the sixth highest-grossing film of the year.[20]

Breakthrough and success (2004–2008)[edit]

In 2004, Deol made her debut in Tamil cinema by playing a French teacher in Mani Ratnam's political film Aayutha Ezhuthu opposite Suriya. She earned critical acclaim for her performance. defined her as "surprisingly fresh and sparkling".[21] To prepare for her role, Deol learned nuances of the language with Mani Ratnam's assistant R. Kannan. This was the only Tamil film she ever acted in. After completing Aaytha Ezhuthu, Deol started filming the Hindi version of the movie titled Yuva.[22] In Yuva, Deol repeated the same role and was paired opposite Ajay Devgn. Both movies were released on the same date but could not attain success. Yuva had a below average opening and flopped at the box office.[23]

Esha at promotion of her film

Deol finally got her breakthrough with Yash Raj Films' action film Dhoom opposite Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, Uday Chopra and Rimi Sen. It was Deol's first action role and she was paired opposite Chopra. The film had a decent opening and became a hit at the box office, becoming the fourth-highest-grossing film of the year.[23] Deol did not get much scope in the film, but her performance earned her a nomination for the IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actress at the 6th IIFA Awards.[citation needed]

After the success of Dhoom, Deol starred in Krishna Vamsi's war film Insan opposite Akshay Kumar. It was Deol's first release of 2005. The film was a failure at the box office. Her next release was Main Aisa Hi Hoon opposite Ajay Devgn. The film was a remake of the Hollywood movie I Am Sam (2001). Deol played a supporting role and earned praise by Patcy N.[24] Subhash K. Jha of IANS also praised Deol, writing: "Esha Deol as the fey unstable nomadic and maladjusted Maya is a mix of Zeenat Aman in Hare Rama Hare Krishna and Anooradha Patel in Ijaazat. Playing this zonked-out character Esha Deol comes into her own as an actress. Her far-way looks of pain, anger, neglect and insecurity remain with you long after the film. Yup she too has matured along with Hindi cinema."[25]

Esha Deol in 2013

In 2007, Deol's portrayal of a notorious and vengeful ghost for Ram Gopal Verma's Darling was reviewed positively.[26] Her next release was Cash again opposite Ajay Devgn.

In 2008, she performed her first item number in Ajay Devgn's film Sunday. She further appeared in Hijack and took a sabbatical break from films for two years.

Hiatus and return to acting (2011–present)[edit]

Deol's next film was Tell Me O Kkhuda (2011) directed and produced by her mother Hema Malini. She portrayed the lead role in the film opposite Arjan Bajwa, Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor and her father Dharmendra.[citation needed]

In February 2020, she announced her first book Amma Mia! on Instagram.[27] This book is a hands-on guide on parenting and children diet.[28]

Esha Deol released her short film Ek Duaa in which she acted and also produced alongside her husband. The film was released on voot, and it was met with mixed to positive reviews.

Esha will next be seen reuniting with Ajay Devgan in Rudra: The Edge of Darkness which will be a TV series released online. She will also be seen with Suniel Shetty in the series Invisible Woman.

Personal life[edit]

Esha with her husband Bharat Takhtani on their wedding day

On 29 June 2012, Esha Deol married Bharat Takhtani in a low-key wedding ceremony at the ISKCON temple in Mumbai.[29][30]

In April 2017, it was announced that the couple was expecting their first child. She gave birth to her daughter in October 2017 at Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai and named her Radhya.[31] On 10 June 2019, she gave birth to her second daughter, Miraya.[32]

Like their mother, Esha and her sister are trained in Baharatnatyam dance



Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Notes
2002 Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe Esha Singh Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut
Na Tum Jaano Na Hum Esha Malhotra
Kyaa Dil Ne Kahaa Esha
2003 Kucch To Hai Tanya
Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne Tina Khanna
LOC: Kargil Dimple
2004 Aayutha Ezhuthu Geethanjali Tamil film
Yuva Radhika
Dhoom Sheena
2005 Insan Heena
Kaal Riya Thapar
Main Aisa Hi Hoon Maya Trivedi
Dus Neha (Fake)
No Entry Pooja
Shaadi No. 1 Diya Saxena
2006 Pyare Mohan Preeti
Ankahee Kavya Krishna
2007 Just Married Ritika Khanna
Darling Geeta Menon
Cash Pooja
2008 Sunday Herself Special appearance in the song "Kashmakash"
Money Hai Toh Honey Hai Herself Special appearance in the song "Ta Na Na"
One Two Three Jiya
Hijack Saira
2011 Tell Me O Kkhuda Tanya R. Kapoor
2015 Kill Them Young Meera Simultaneously shot in Kannada as Care of Footpath 2
2019 Cakewalk[33] Shilpa Sen Short film
2021 Ek Duaa[34] Abida Hindi

Web series[edit]

Year Series Role Notes
2022 Rudra: The Edge of Darkness Shaila "Shai" Durrani Singh Web Debut
TBA Invisible Woman Not yet released TBA


Year Show Role Notes
2012 Roadies X2 Gang Leader TV Debut

Awards and nominations[edit]

Esha in 2011
Year Award Category Film Result
2003 Bollywood Movie Awards Best Female Debut Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe Won
Filmfare Awards Best Female Debut Won
Star Screen Awards Most Promising Newcomer - Female Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe Won
IIFA Awards Star Debut of the Year - Female Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe Won
2005 Best Supporting Actress Dhoom Nominated
2006 Star Screen Awards

Best Actor In A Negative Role (Male/Female)

Ankahee Nominated

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Filmfare Awards: Winners of 2002". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 17 January 2004. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Esha Deol celebrates birthday with hubby and close friends". Mid-Day. 4 November 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  4. ^ "I want Esha to have a baby soon: Hema Malini". The Indian Express. 2 November 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  5. ^ Shiksha, Shruti (22 January 2019). "Esha Deol Reveals How Parents Hema Malini And Dharmendra Reacted To Her Second Pregnancy". Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  6. ^ Kashyap, Archita (27 June 2015). "I am a farmer's son: Dharmendra". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 3 November 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  7. ^ "My father is a die-hard Punjabi: Esha Deol". Hindustan Times. 7 March 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Happy Birthday Hema Malini: As original dream girl turns 71, see her family pics with Dharmendra, Esha Deol". Hindustan Times. 16 October 2019. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  9. ^ Pradhan, Bharathi S. (24 June 212). "Esha Deol's big fat wedding". The Telegraph (India). Retrieved 16 January 2020.
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  11. ^ Savera R Someshwar (11 January 2002). "Can Esha act?". Rediff. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  12. ^ Rakesh Budhu. "Koi Mere Dil Se Pooche Review". Planet Bollywood. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  13. ^ Taran Adarsh (9 May 2002). "Na Tum Jaano Na Hum Review". IndiaFm. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  14. ^ Bhavna Giani (10 May 2002). "Hrithik, Esha need no reason to fall in love". Rediff. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  15. ^ Taran Adarsh (28 June 2002). "Kyaa Dil Ne Kahaa Review". IndiaFm. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  16. ^ Taran Adarsh (24 January 2003). "Kucch To Hai Review". IndiaFm. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  17. ^ Taran Adarsh (24 March 2003). "Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne Review". IndiaFm. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  18. ^ Taran Adarsh (25 December 2003). "Loc-Kargil Review". IndiaFm. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  19. ^ Anita Bora (25 December 2003). "Why we can never forget Kargil". Rediff. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  20. ^ "Top Earners: Box Office 2003". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 25 May 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  21. ^ "Movie Review: Aayitha Ezhuthu". Moviebuzz. Archived from the original on 26 September 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
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  24. ^ Patcy N (6 May 2005). "Main Aisa Hi Hoon: worth a miss!". Rediff. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  25. ^ Subhash K. Jha. "Main Aisa Hi Hoon Movie Review". IANS. Glamsham. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  26. ^ "Review of DARLING by Taran Adarsh". Naachgaana. 6 September 2007. Archived from the original on 9 March 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
  27. ^ "Esha Deol announces her first book 'Amma Mia' based on parenting- a subject which is very close to her heart". The Times of India. 10 February 2020. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  28. ^ "Esha Deol Takhtani shares her baby care tips with 'Amma Mia'". The New Indian Express. 24 March 2020. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  29. ^ "Esha Deol to wed in temple on June 29". The Indian Express. Mumbai. 11 June 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  30. ^ Jha, Subhash K (11 June 2012). "Esha Deol to wed in a temple". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 May 2022.
  31. ^ "Hema Malini's daughter Esha Deol pregnant with her first child". The Times of India. 2017. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  32. ^ "Esha Deol blessed with a baby girl!". The Times of India. 11 June 2019. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  33. ^ Vasudevan, Aishwarya (16 March 2021). "Esha Deol Takhtani is back to her 'toned self', talks about her comeback in films". DNA India. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
  34. ^ Roy Choudhury, Rishita (15 July 2021). "Esha Deol unveils first look of Ek Duaa, film to premiere on Voot Select on July 26". India Today. Retrieved 21 July 2021.

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