Happy Birthday to Sunny Deol



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Sunny Deol (born Ajay Singh Deol, 19 October 1956) is an Indian film actor, director and producer known for his works exclusively in Hindi cinema. He is the son of veteran actor Dharmendra, and the elder brother of actor Bobby Deol and Esha Deol. In a film career spanning twenty-five years, Deol has won two National Film Awards, and two Filmfare Awards. Deol made his debut in the film Betaab for which he was nominated for the Filmfare Best Actor Award. From there, he went on to star in numerous films in the 1980s and 90s like Tridev, Arjun, Kroadh, Ghayal, Vishwatma, Lootere, Darr, Damini – Lightning, Jeet, Ghatak, Border, Ziddi, Arjun Pandit, and Indian. He made his debut as a director and producer with Dillagi, in which he also starred alongside his brother Bobby. Deol made his debut opposite fellow debutant Amrita Singh in Betaab (1983), which was a blockbuster that launched the careers of both actors. His performance won him his first Filmfare Best Actor Award Nomination

Gadar is the ultimate fantasy film for a ‘nationalist’. In the film, Sunny Deol’s character, Tara Singh’s most villainous father-in-law (Ashraf Ali) asks him to convert to Islam, say ‘Islam Zindabad’, followed by ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ – demands, Singh reluctantly agrees to.

Trouble begins when Ashraf Ali tells him to say ‘India Murdabad’. Sunny paajiwould rather die than utter those words. And thus begins the long-drawn patriotic jingoism interspersed with panic-stricken reaction shots featuring his wife Saqeena (Amisha Patel), followed by railroad destruction and hand pump extractions padded by Sunny’s ghastly war cries.

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