Sunny Deol is a film actor, director and producer. He is best known for his ‘Dhaai Kilo Ka Haath’ dialogue. He was born as Ajay Singh Deol, on 19th of October, 1956, in Sahnewal, Ludhiana, Punjab. He is the eldest son of veteran actor, Dharmendra, and his first wife,
Prakash Kaur. Bollywood actor,
Bobby Deol, is his younger brother.
He has two sisters, Vijayta and Ajeeta, who are currently settled in California. He also has two half-sisters,
Esha Deol and
Ahana Deol, from his father’s second marriage to actress,
Hema Malini. Sunny studied theatre and acting in England and joined Old Web Theatre in Birmingham before joining Bollywood.
He began his career with the hit film Betaab in the year 1983 which also featured debutante actress
Amrita Singh. He was felicitated with the Filmfare Award for Best Debut for the film Betaab. He was considered the best action hero at the time, due to his consequent films such as Arjun (1985), Tridev (1989) and Ghayal (1990). The film Ghayal fetched him many awards. He was given the title of ‘Action King of Bollywood’ after he starred in the movie ‘Border’.
He has also been successful in portraying dramatic and romantic roles. “Gadar: Ek Prem Katha” has been his most successful film until today. He has produced various films under his home banner, Vijayta films. His first directorial venture was with the movie called “Dillagi”, in the year 1999, starring
Urmila Matondkar, Bobby Deol and himself.
This movie could not garner enough collections at the box office, though. Sunny Deol is married to Pooja Deol, and they have two sons together, namely, Karan and Rajvir. They live together in their residence in Mumbai. Sunny has won two national awards, one for his role in the film Damini, and the other, for his role in the film Ghayal. He has also won two Filmfare awards.