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Born into an acting dynasty, both he and his younger brother, Bobby, have continued the family tradition. But until the recent success of Gadar - Ek Prem Katha, many were ready to write off Sunny Deol as a has-been.
A man of strong opinions and forthright expression, Deol makes no secret of his lingering bitterness toward Yash Chopra, the towering film personality who has directed a majority of Bollywood blockbusters during the last twenty-five years. Deol describes his own experience working with Chopra on 1993's smash hit Darr "the worst experience of my life. I was sick of the manipulations and lies. One day in Switzerland, I was so angry that when I stuffed my hands into the pockets, I ripped the jeans I was wearing." (Filmfare, Oct. 2001)
anger stems from the way Chopra allegedly misrepresented his role
in the film -- in which Shahrukh Khan's villain dominated the
spotlight and walked away with the critics' kudos. "I'll
never stop being angry about it. I hate being cheated in life.
I don't forgive a director who's done me wrong on purpose."
(interview with Khalid Mohammed, tcenge.com) Aamir Khan, who was
Chopra's first choice for Shahrukh's role, lends credence to his
when he explains to India Bollywood: "I didnt do Darr
because Yashji was playing games. He was narrating one thing to
me and quite another to Sunny Deol, which I got to know. I knew
all along that it was Sunny and not me who was being taken for
Do you have something against Shah Rukh Khan and Anil Kapoor?
the laid-back Khan doesn't mind Sunny's assessment of Shahrukh's
role in Darr: "If
you ask me, that was a very easy character to play. There was
nothing to it." (interview with Khalid Mohammed, tcenge.com)
Or maybe a little bit of public ribbing is acceptable between,
real name: Ajay Singh Deol
born: October 19, 1961
height: 5' 9"