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Sunny Deol: ‘Because of my image, people have the wrong perception about me

Would you believe Sunny Deol is now a new person? Vocal and outspoken without a trace of the reticent and introverted superstar of the 80s and 90s.

The actor is now social media savvy, albeit he uses it only to reach his fans; he doesn’t shy away from speaking his mind, or cracking jokes on himself, or even taking on an unorthodox and unconventional subject like vasectomy in his upcoming comedy drama, Poster Boys.

The film, which hits the screens on 8 September, also marks the directorial debut of Shreyas Talpade and is a remake of his 2014 Marathi production of the same name. “I loved the idea of three people from different backgrounds falsely implicated for Nasbandi (vasectomy). The situations were quite interesting, and if I like something spontaneously then I always do it. I heard that Shreyas was already planning to make it in Hindi. I was aware of Shreyas’s talent since we had worked together in Bhaiyyaji Superhit and therefore asked him to direct the Hindi one.”

Poster Boys

But one wonders why Sunny himself didn’t direct, as he has already directed couple of films like Dillagi (1999) and Ghayal Once Again (2016).

“I was already working on my son Karan’s film, Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas, I can’t be doing so many things,” says Sunny, when we caught up with him in Juhu, Mumbai. Dressed in a military green shirt, light blue jeans and sneakers, the 60-year-old son of yesteryear actor Dharmendra, undoubtedly looks like he is at his healthiest best. He seems to be in a great mood and guffaws at various instances.

While talking about shedding his ‘image’, Sunny winks and says with tongue firmly in cheek, “I have gotten so used to these film promotions because that is part of your scripting (laughs out loud). One has understood it. We have to do all this otherwise people don’t notice you with there being so much noise all around you.”

Sunny has undoubtedly been more popular than some of his contemporaries, with quite a few huge blockbusters and highest-grossers like Gadar, Border, Ghayal, Tridev under his belt. Yet somehow, he has been much less visible while his contemporaries like Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Jackie Shroff, Mithun Chakraborty are seen in a variety of projects on the silver screen and television.

Is it Sunny’s insistence on playing only the central character that is responsible for this?  The actor dismisses that he has been resisting character roles, saying, “No, nothing like that. Doing character roles is certainly not an issue for me. Damini was a character role but it turned out to be as important as the central character which people still talk about. I want to do characters that I enjoying playing and not just for the heck of it. Also, because of my image people have such a wrong perception about me (laughs out loud). But I don’t want to give them any explanation, I am not bothered about it. Why should I bother? They assume that I won’t do it and that I am very difficult. That doesn’t stop me from doing what I want to do.”

He continues, “I don’t do  television or ads, hence I am not seen at all if I am not seen in movies. Even in the 90s, I wouldn’t do other stuff. I wouldn’t go for parties or functions and that has been my nature. I joined the industry to be an actor and that is what I am doing. Once your films start doing well, you become a star and people want to see more of you but basically I want to do good acting and play good characters.”

Sunny Deol spotted at their upcoming movie " Bhaiyyaji Superhit '' at Borivali Sachin Gokhale/Firstpost

Our conversation now veers towards the launch of his elder son Karan in Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas. In one chance meeting with Karan, three years ago, this writer had asked him the genre he is best suited to. Karan responded, displaying amazing wit, “Besides films and acting, the Deols have carried on the lineage of short temper. All of us at home are short-tempered people. So, obviously, it has to be action roles.”

Sunny has a hearty laugh at this and says, “It is not true, we Deols are not only into action roles, but maybe because others can’t do action well and hence our name is leading in that genre,” he laughs. So what advice does he give Karan?  “I don’t give him any advice. He has to work hard, be honest to his profession and love and enjoy what he does,” says Sunny.

With the recent bunch of films with big stars proving to be duds at the box office, Sunny attributes it to the changing audience and lack of good writing and content. “I haven’t seen much of the current lot of films, I can’t comment, but I get a feeling that content wise, the depth of directors, and depth of characters is getting really frivolous. Hits and flops are part of the game and this is the correction period,” he says.

Though reviews and criticisms do matter to Sunny, he would still want to go by his own strong conviction. “If a review is nice, it matters; if it is bad, it matters. If you accept good, you accept bad as well. I know when I have done good or bad. You should know what you are doing. The day I come to that point and it happens to me then I don’t think I would want to act, I will quit acting,” he says.

Sunny Leone to soon appear in comedy show Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai

Mumbai: Actress Sunny Leone, who is doing well for herself in Bollywood and has featured in reality TV shows like Bigg Boss and Splitsvilla, will soon make her debut on the small screen with the popular show Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai.

Sunny Leone. Image from IBNlive

According to the sequence, Sunny will be entering the street where Vibhuti (Aashif Sheikh), Anita (Saumya Tandon), Angoori (Shubhangi Atre) and Manmohan (Rohitash Gaud) live. She will appear along with the director of her film to scout for her film’s hero.

Talking about shooting with Sunny, Shubhangi said in a statement: “It is a pleasure to shoot with Sunny. She has no qualms about anything and is very easy to work with.”

“She is an extremely cooperative co-actor. Hope the audiences will be surprised with this new entry. It was fun teaching her Angoori’s iconic line ‘Sahi pakde hain’.”

Sunny, who started shooting for the show on Monday, will be seen playing herself on the &TV entertainer.

Kala Chashma mashup: Sunny Deol’s moves give serious competition to Katrina

The Katrina Kaif-Sidharth Malhotra song ‘Kala Chashma’ from the film Baar Baar Dekho has been trending ever since it was released a few days ago. Tacking on to the trend is a mashup video by Socially Awkward.

The mashup version features visuals from Sunny Deol’s  song ‘Chhammak Chhallo Zara Dhire Challo’ from the movie Ajay (1996) to the tunes of ‘Kala Chashma‘.

A still from Sunny Deol's 'Chhammak Chhallo'

The result: a nostalgic and fun watch.

The video has had people in splits, and with good reason. Sunny Deol’s dance moves, in which he is ably accompanied by Karisma Kapoor, seem like they were made just for ‘Kala Chasma’!

Another highlight of the video is ‘special effects’ in between — definitely eye-catching!

And while the choreography in ‘Kala Chasma’ is all that is trendy and contemporary, the throwback to the typical Bollywood dance routines of the ’90s makes for a fun change.

There are several spoof versions of ‘Kala Chashma‘ that have been shared on social media, but Sunny’s version has proved to be by far the most popular.

Working with Shah Rukh Khan was a dream come true': Sunny Leone

Sunny Leone hoped to work with Shah Rukh Khan since the beginning of her Bollywood journey and the actress recently shot a song in Raees with the superstar. Sunny says she found it difficult to control her emotions.

Sunny will be seen shaking a leg with the Dilwale actor in the reprise version of the 1980 chartbuster ‘Laila O Laila‘ in the film.

The Mastizaade actress feels proud to have worked with Shah Rukh, as she had wished for the opportunity “every single day”.

“Working with Shah Rukh was unbelievable, it was a dream come true. When you wish for something every single day and then you get a chance, just the offer to work with somebody like him, it was a very proud moment for me,” she told PTI in an exclusive interview.

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Even though the 34-year-old actress has made a mark for herself in Bollywood with several films to her credit, she got very emotional when she saw herself with Shah Rukh in one frame.

“I was the happiest ever. To see myself and Shah Rukh on the screen, in one frame, that was the first time I saw, the first shot, it was very emotional for me. I was like ‘I have make-up on, control your emotions’. I was constantly saying, ‘Oh God! My first shot with him, thank you’.”

Usually bold and confident in her demeanour, Sunny, was a bundle of nerves when she met the 50-year-old actor on the movie’s set. The Ragini MMS 2 star said that she behaved like a “dork” in front of him.

“He is very nice, respectful, and professional. I am such a dork, I get shy. I am like that person who doesn’t know what to talk when that person is standing in front of you. You admire them, look upto them and you think ‘they have accomplished so much’, and then they’re in front of you and you just don’t know what to say,” the actress said.

Sunny Leone’s condom ad will lead to increase in rapes: Shocker from CPI’s Atul Anjan

Indian politics, unfortunately, has quite an alarming number of leaders who are known for making ridiculous statements on sexual assaults and sexuality. Whether it’s Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav who claimed that rape by four people is not practical and possible or Janata Dal – United (JD-U) president Sharad Yadav who had said, “Who amongst us has not followed girls?”, some politicians have ensured that their statements consistently inspire facepalms.

CPI's Atul Anjan. Image courtesy: YouTube

Keeping this trend alive, a senior leader of Communist Party of India (CPI) Atul Anjan, has recently said that Sunny Leone’s condom advertisements will lead to a rise in the number of rapes in India.

Sunny Leone naam ki ek aurat hai. Duniya ki sabse nangi filmon ki woh heroine rahi hai (There is a woman called Sunny Leone. She has been the heroine in nude films),” said Anjan, as he began his rant against the actress.

Anjan is the national secretary of the CPI and he made these comments at a public rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur district on Tuesday.

Anjan then referred to a condom ad which featured Sunny Leone and said, “Agar condom ke is tarah ke prachaar desh ke television aur akhbaaron mein chale, toh rape ki ghatnaaein badhengi (If such condom ads are shown on the country’s television sets and in newspapers, then the number of rape incidents will increase).”

The CPI leader did not stop there. He also said that the condom ad “developed sexuality.”, as if that is a sin. Ironically, Anjan added that an ad which encourages people to practise safe sex “destroys your sensibility”.

Anjan also said that he had never watched a single porn film in his life. But when he did watch porn for the first time, “do minute dekhne ke baad ulti hoti hai (After watching two minutes, I feel like vomiting).”

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