New Delhi: The original macho man of Bollywood, Sunny Deol, celebrates his birthday today. This man with ‘dhai kilo ka hath’, who turns 55, has the power to glue audiences to their seats by his supremacy in enacting action scenes. Paradoxically, when it comes to real life, his gentlemanly demeanour attracts women in hoards.


Additionally his twinkling eyes and ever youthful look is a major plus point in itself. He may be a muscle-flexing superstar, but he is the humblest, most soft-spoken guy one can ever find.

Not many may know but Sunny Deol’s original name is Ajay Singh Deol. He was born to actor Dharmendra and Prakash Kaur on 19th October 1952 in New Delhi. His younger brother Bobby Deol is an actor. He has two sisters Vijayta Deol and Ajeeta Deol. Sunny has two half sisters Esha Deol, an actress and Ahana Deol from his step mother Hema Malini.

He studied in Mumbai at the Sacred Heart High School and Podar College.  England’s Old Web Theater is where he took lessons in acting and theater.

Sunny Deol has always maintained a low profile in the media about his personal life. Sunny's personal life has been as absorbing as that of his father Dharmendra. Married to Pooja Deol with whom he has two sons, Rajvir Deol and Ranvir Deol, the actor was also rumoured to be in a long-term relationship with Dimple Kapadia. He has been linked to actress Raveena Tandon too in the past.

Sunny’s filmy career

Sunny Deol was one of the brightest stars to hit the screen in the eighties with Betaab and Arjun. Bollywood welcomed Dharmendra's son with open arms in his endearing debut opposite Amrita Singh in Betaab (1983) which was a rage.

Bollywood got his first action superstar in the avatar of Sunny Deol through Arjun (1985). This flick launched him as the angry, fist-raising young man fighting against corruption and he was effortless as Arjun.

It was Ghayal(1990) that got him his first Best Actor award and there was no looking back after that. From romantic hero to the rebellious, unemployed angry young man out to get justice, the blockbuster ‘Ghayal’ not only launched director Rajkumar Santoshi  in the industry but also re-introduced Sunny Deol as the supreme angry action hero of his times. Till date it is considered a benchmark for an intense performance, amongst elite films.

The same duo gave another hit in 1993 as Damini. Sunny’s disgruntled lawyer character in Damini shouting 'taarik pe taarik' is a masterfully captured scene that will be remembered in the history of cinema. His success journey continued with (1993), Ghatak (1996), Ziddi (1997), Border (1997), Gadar (2001) and many more.

Seeing his performance in Darr (1993) as a romantic husband every girl wished for a fiancé and husband like him. But after this Sunny never worked with Yash Chopra because he felt he was sidelined in the film.
However, Sunny's biggest hit to date, and also Bollywood's all time blockbuster was 2001's Gadar-Ek Prem Katha. The film catapulted Sunny to numero uno status that is yet to be challenged.

Sunny also tried his hand in romantic roles like Sohni Mahiwal and Imtihaan but failed to spell the magic. He also strived to be a director with Dillagi (1999) which was not so successful.

He displayed his acting skills in Apne (2007) and Yamla Pagla Deewana (2011) which starred his brother Bobby and dad Dharmendra.

According to grapevine Sunny Deol is returning with the sequel to his iconic film of the 90s, Ghayal. On asking him why he took 21 years to plan a sequel he said, “Ghayal was a cult film and is still talked about, be it the characters, the dialogues, the action... everything was par excellence. I had to make sure that whenever I make a sequel, it had to live up to the standards set by the first film, and I can confidently say that Ghayal Returns is going to fulfill all those expectations.”

A strong man to the core with an angel heart, Sunny Deol is still considered as the ‘Action King of Bollywood’.

Wishing this action supremo all the best and wishes on his birthday from Jagranpost team.

(Deblina Roy)