Sunny Deol born to filmstar Dharmendra as "Ajay Singh Deol". This 5'9" tall guy made his debut as a teenage romantic hero in Betaab with co-star Amrita Singh. Action roles seemed to be his forte, but he also tried his hand at romantic roles in several movies.
After a series of forgettable roles he hit a high with his portrayal of Arjun Malvankar an unemployed young man in the 1985 hit Arjun. His success continued with his performances in with Dacait, Yateem, Tridev and ChaalBaaz. He even won the best actor award in 1990 for his performance in Ghayal. Success continued with films like Narsimha, Lootere and Darr. In 1993 he won the national award for his portrayal of Shekhar a man torn between his loyalty to his family and his wife with Damini.
His powerful draw at the box office...the 'dhishum dhishum' comes so naturally as does a getlemanly demeanour which attracts women in hordes. Additionally his ever youthful look is a major plus point in itself.
From romantic hero to the rebellious, unemployed angry young man out to get justice, the blockbuster Ghayal established Sunny as the action hero in Bollywood. Lately, Sunny has been busy with other work apart from acting - directing. For now, Sunny has his hands full and more home productions seems to be in the offering.
His Gadar was a mega hit. He performed well in this film. The brawn machine that steamrolls its way at the box office. Action sells and so does Sunny Deol. 2003 was not too good a year for him, however. His mega-budget The Hero didn't live up to expectations and his other movies were quite forgettable. His track record has been dented, but it will continue to be biceps and bashing all the way next year. The shy, soft-spoken Deol is a tough guy to keep down for long.
After a series of flops such as Insaniyat, Angrakshak, Himmat, Jeet et al he revived his career with J.P. Dutta's Border in which he played the role of Major Kuldeep Singh. He was then seen in movies like Zor, Ziddi, Salaakhen and Pyar Koi Khel Nahi. But luck was not exactly on his side as his home production Dillagi with brother Bobby Deol too failed to elicit a positive response at Box-Office.
Sunny Deol got a much needed break with Gadar: Ek Prem Katha for his portrayal of Tara Singh, an Indian truck driver who falls in love with a Muslim girl at the time of partition. The movie was safely the biggest hit of Deol's career innings.
Success has since proved elusive for this action star with his recent films such as Karz, Kaise Kahoon Ke Pyar Hai, Khel, Rok Sako To Rok Lo and Jo Bole So Nihaal all failing at the Box-Office again.
A man still going strong after almost three decades in the industry with more flops than hits to his credit faces the camera again in the fall of 2006 with Deodhar Gandhi.