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Esha Deol (born 2 November 1981) is an Indian film actress and model who predominantly appears in Hindi films. The daughter of actor-politician Dharmendra and actress-politician Hema Malini, Deol made her debut in Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe (2002) and was praised for her performance which earned her numerous awards and nominations including the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.[3]

Esha Deol
Esha Deol in 2007
Born (1981-11-02) 2 November 1981 (age 38)[1][2]
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Alma materMithibai College
OccupationActress, model
Years active2002–present
Bharat Takhtani (m. 2012)
Hema Malini
FamilySee Deol family

She was part of commercial successes like Dhoom (2004), Dus (2005), No Entry (2005), Kaal (2005), and One Two Three (2008) . She made her comeback in Tell Me O Kkhuda (2011).

Early lifeEdit

Esha Deol was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India on 2 November 1981. She was given the full name of Esha Dharmendra Deol. The name 'Esha' comes from the Upanishads and is derived from the Sanskrit language meaning "the divine beloved". She is the elder daughter of Bollywood actors Dharmendra and Hema Malini. She has a younger sister named Ahana. She is the half sister of actors Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol and first cousin of actor Abhay Deol. She is Punjabi on her father's side and Tamil on her mother's side and speaks Tamil with her mother and sister.

She is fluent in English, Hindi, and Tamil.

During her school days, she was passionate about football and played as a midfielder. She was the captain of her school football team, represented her college in handball at the state level and was also selected for the Indian national women's football team.[4]


2002–03: DebutEdit

Deol decided to join the acting line of her parents and became a second-generation actress. She started her acting career in a lead role with Vinay Shukla's Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe (2002) opposite Aftab Shivdasani, with Sanjay Kapoor, Jaya Bachchan and Anupam Kher playing supporting roles. This movie was a box office failure. Deol received mixed reactions from critics upon her performance. Savera R Someshwar of Rediff wrote "Esha, as a person, exudes a confidence that almost borders on arrogance. She's athletic and seems perfectly capable of looking after herself in any situation. Esha, on screen, is required to convey three emotions: Love, sorrow and fear. Especially fear. No wonder she flounders. She is just unable to look terrorised. Even her alleged romance with costar Aftab has not helped her shed her stern demeanour in her romantic scenes."[5] Rakesh Budhu of Planet Bollywood wrote "She isn’t horrible, but given the hype, the demands and of course, comparisons, she surely isn’t up to the mark. Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe is just plain old mediocre in such a way that you end up noticing the flaws in Esha’s performance more. Her facial expressions need work, her attitude is beautiful but she seems too stern when it is not required. Of course, she is nowhere close to being a washout and if you are her fan you can appreciate the other aspects of her performances without completely losing faith in her future projects."[6] Despite mixed reactions and box office failure, Deol won numerous awards for her performance including the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut at the 48th Filmfare Awards.[3][7]

Esha Deol for Just Married

Deol's second film was Arjun Sablok's love triangle Na Tum Jaano Na Hum opposite Saif Ali Khan and Hrithik Roshan. The film flopped at the box office. Taran Adarsh of IndiaFm praised her acting and wrote "it is Esha Deol who surprises you with a mature performance. Although her looks are inconsistent, the youngster takes on the role with utmost sincerity and comes out with a natural performance. She has been better presented when compared to her debut film."[8] Bhavna Giani of Rediff praised Deol's acting and dancing and compared it to Deol's mother Hema Malini. Giani wrote "As far as performances go, Esha is quite good, emoting clearly with her eyes. She makes the transition from bubbly schoolgirl to young woman waiting for her love easily. Her grace fills the screen. Dancing seems to come as naturally to her as it does to Hritik. A carbon copy of her mother Hema Malini, one cannot help but feel one is watching the Dream Girl all over again."[9] Deol's third and final release of the year was Sanjay Chhel's Kyaa Dil Ne Kahaa opposite Tusshar Kapoor. It was Deol's third consecutive flop but she earned critical acclaim and Taran Adarsh observed that it was her better performance as compared to her previous two films.[10]

Deol's first two movies of 2003: Kucch To Hai and Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne were box office failures. For Kucch To Hai, Deol earned mixed reviews from Taran Adarsh, who wrote "Esha Deol shows improvement in terms of performance as well as her overall appearance."[11] Taran Adarsh considered Deol to be "alright" in Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne.[12] Ronjita Kulkarni praised her performance in Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne, writing "Chura Liya... was supposed to give Esha a makeover and re-launch her. Strangely, her role is similar to her debut, Koi Mere Dil Se Pooche. While the former had her terrified of her husband, Chura Liya... sees her terrified of three gangsters. The film gives her ample scope for histrionics, but she does not use it. Her dialogue delivery is good, but her performance is hyper."[13] Deol was one of the heroines of J.P. Dutta's multi starrer war epic LOC Kargil and was paired with Abhishek Bachchan. Though Deol and all the other heroines could not get much scope, she earned critical acclaim for her performance.[14][15] The film became the sixth highest-grossing movie of the year.[16]

2004–08: BreakthroughEdit

In 2004, Deol made her debut in Tamil cinema by playing a French teacher in Mani Ratnam's political film Aaytha Ezhuthu opposite Suriya. She earned critical acclaim for her performance. defined her as "surprisingly fresh and sparkling".[17] To prepare for her role, Deol learned nuances of the language with Mani Ratnam's assistant R. Kannan. After completing Aaytha Ezhuthu, Deol started filming the Hindi version of the movie titled Yuva.[18] In Yuva, Deol repeated the same role and was paired opposite Ajay Devgn. Prem Panicker of Rediff wrote "Esha Deol is the surprise package among the troika. While hers is the least developed character, she still manages to show flashes of her inherited acting genes."[19] Taran Adarsh wrote "Esha Deol justifies her part, but her role doesn't demand histrionics either."[20] Both movies were released on the same date but could not attain success. Yuva had a below average opening and flopped at the box office.[21]

Deol (right) pictured with her mother Hema Malini in 2009

Deol finally got her breakthrough with Yash Raj Films' action film Dhoom opposite Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, Uday Chopra and Rimi Sen. It was Deol's first action role and she was paired opposite Chopra. The film had a decent opening and became a hit at the box office, becoming the fourth-highest-grossing movie at the box office.[21] Deol did not get much scope in the film but her performance earned her a nomination for the IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actress at the 6th IIFA Awards.[22][23] Critics considered Deol and Rimi Sen's performances to be nothing more than beauties and their purpose was defined as providing sex appeal. Surjyakiran Das of Planet Bollywood wrote "It’s most fitting to mention actresses Esha Deol and Rimi Sen while discussing the music and choreography; they seem to turn up in the film only when the heroes feel like crooning a tune and shaking a leg with a loved one. Both actresses do convincing enough work in their roles, but their real purpose is to provide sex appeal."[24] Rajesh Karkera wrote "Esha Deol and Rimii Sen only need to look beautiful in their limited presence in this sweat 'n' leather flick."[25]

After the success of Dhoom, Deol starred in Krishna Vamsi's war film Insan opposite Akshay Kumar. It was Deol's first release of 2005. The film was a failure at the box office. Her next release was Main Aisa Hi Hoon opposite Ajay Devgn. The film was a remake of the critically acclaimed Hollywood movie I Am Sam (2001). Deol played a supporting role and earned praise by Patcy N.[26] Subhash K. Jha of IANS also praised Deol, writing "Esha Deol as the fey unstable nomadic and maladjusted Maya is a mix of Zeenat Aman in Hare Rama Hare Krishna and Anooradha Patel in Ijaazat. Playing this zonked-out character Esha Deol comes into her own as an actress. Her far-way looks of pain anger neglect and insecurity remain with you long after the film. Yup she too has matured along with Hindi cinema."[27]

Esha Deol in 2013

In 2007, Deol's portrayal of a notorious and vengeful ghost for Ram Gopal Verma's Darling was reviewed positively. Taran Adarsh noted that, "Esha Deol is excellent in a role that’s nothing short of a challenge. It would’ve boomeranged had it been entrusted to any inferior actor, but Esha is in terrific form here. This should be the turning point in her career."[28] Her next release was Cash again opposite Ajay Devgn.

In 2008, she performed her first item number in Ajay Devgn's film Sunday. She further appeared in Hijack and took a sabbatical break from films for two years.

2011–present: ComebackEdit

Deol's next film was Tell Me O Kkhuda (2011) directed and produced by her mother Hema Malini. She portrayed the lead role in the film opposite Arjan Bajwa, Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor and her father Dharmendra.[29]

Personal lifeEdit

Esha with her husband Bharat Takhtani on her wedding day

Esha Deol got engaged to her boyfriend Bharat Takhtani,[30] a businessman in February 2012 and married him in June 2012.[31] In April 2017, it was announced that the couple was expecting their first child. She gave birth to a girl in October 2017 at Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai.[32] In June 2019, she gave birth to her second child, a girl.[33]


  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Language Role Notes
2002 Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe Hindi Esha Singh Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut
2002 Na Tum Jaano Na Hum Hindi Esha Malhotra
2002 Kyaa Dil Ne Kahaa Hindi Esha
2003 Kucch To Hai Hindi Tanya
2003 Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne Hindi Tina Khanna
2003 LOC Kargil Hindi Dimple
2004 Aaytha Ezhuthu Tamil Geethanjali
2004 Yuva Hindi Radhika
2004 Dhoom Hindi Sheena
2005 Insan Hindi Heena
2005 Kaal Hindi Riya Thapar
2005 Main Aisa Hi Hoon Hindi Maya Trivedi
2005 Dus Hindi Neha / MISS 430
2005 No Entry Hindi Pooja
2005 Shaadi No. 1 Hindi Diya Saxena
2006 Pyare Mohan Hindi Preeti
2006 Ankahee Hindi Kavya Krishna
2007 Just Married Hindi Ritika Khanna
2007 Darling Hindi Geeta Menon
2007 Cash Hindi Pooja
2008 Sunday Hindi Herself Special appearance in the song "Kashmakash"
2008 Money Hai Toh Honey Hai Hindi Herself Special appearance in the song "Ta Na Na"
2008 One Two Three Hindi Jiya
2008 Hijack Hindi Saira
2011 Tell Me O Kkhuda Hindi Tanya R. Kapoor
2015 Care of Footpath 2 Kannada Meera
Kill Them Young Hindi
Maanja Telugu
2018 Cakewalk Hindi short film

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Film Result
2003 Bollywood Movie Awards Best Female Debut Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe Won
Filmfare Awards Best Female Debut Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe Won
Star Screen Awards Most Promising Newcomer - Female Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe
Na Tum Jaano Na Hum
Kyaa Dil Ne Kahaa
IIFA Awards Star Debut of the Year - Female Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe Won
2005 Best Supporting Actress Dhoom Nominated
2006 Star Screen Awards

Best Actor In A Negative Role (Male/Female)

Ankahee Nominated
2007 Stardust Awards

Best Actor In A Negative Role (Male/Female)

Ankahee Nominated
Year Television Role Notes
2015 Roadies X2 Gang Leader

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Esha Deol celebrates birthday with hubby and close friends". Mid Day. 4 November 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  2. ^ "I want Esha to have a baby soon: Hema Malini". The Indian Express. 2 November 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Filmfare Awards: Winners of 2002". India Times. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Esha attends college annual function".
  5. ^ Savera R Someshwar (11 January 2002). "Can Esha act?". Rediff. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  6. ^ Rakesh Budhu. "Koi Mere Dil Se Pooche Review". Planet Bollywood. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  7. ^ "2003 Filmfare Awards". Internet Movie Database. 21 February 2003. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  8. ^ Taran Adarsh (9 May 2002). "Na Tum Jaano Na Hum Review". IndiaFm. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  9. ^ Bhavna Giani (10 May 2002). "Hrithik, Esha need no reason to fall in love". Rediff. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  10. ^ Taran Adarsh (28 June 2002). "Kyaa Dil Ne Kahaa Review". IndiaFm. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  11. ^ Taran Adarsh (24 January 2003). "Kucch To Hai Review". IndiaFm. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  12. ^ Taran Adarsh (24 March 2003). "Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne Review". IndiaFm. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  13. ^ Ronjita Kulkarni (21 March 2003). "Just another fancy thriller". Rediff. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  14. ^ Taran Adarsh (25 December 2003). "Loc-Kargil Review". IndiaFm. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  15. ^ Anita Bora (25 December 2003). "Why we can never forget Kargil". Rediff. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  16. ^ "Top Earners: Box Office 2003". Archived from the original on 25 May 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  17. ^ "Movie Review: Aayitha Ezhuthu". Moviebuzz. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  18. ^ "'I am today's woman -- very independent, very bindaas'". Rediff. 19 May 2004. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  19. ^ Prem Panacker (20 May 2004). "Yuva disappoints". Rediff. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  20. ^ Taran Adarsh (21 May 2004). "Yuva Review". IndiaFm. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  21. ^ a b "Top Earners: Box Office 2004". Archived from the original on 7 January 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  22. ^ "Awards for Esha Deol". IMDB. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  23. ^ "Awards of the International Indian Film Academy (2005)". IMDB. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  24. ^ Surjyakiran Das. "Dhoom Review". Planet Bollywood. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  25. ^ Rajesh Karkera (27 August 2004). "Dhoom mach gaya!". Rediff. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  26. ^ Patcy N (6 May 2005). "Main Aisa Hi Hoon: worth a miss!". Rediff. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  27. ^ Subhash K. Jha. "Main Aisa Hi Hoon Movie Review". IANS. Glamsham. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  28. ^ "Review of DARLING by Taran Adarsh". Naachgaana. 6 September 2007. Archived from the original on 9 March 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
  29. ^ "Ashutosh Gowariker turned down by newcomer". One India. 11 December 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  30. ^ "Esha Deol to wed in temple on June 29". Indian Express. Mumbai. 11 June 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  31. ^ "Esha Deol to wed in a temple". The Times Of India. 11 June 2012.
  32. ^ "Hema Malini's daughter Esha Deol pregnant with her first child". Times Of India. 2017. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  33. ^ "Esha Deol blessed with a baby girl! - Times of India ►". The Times of India. 11 June 2019. Retrieved 12 June 2019.

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