Ajay Singh Deol (born 19 October 1956), better known as Sunny Deol, is an Indian film actor, director and producer known for his work in Hindi cinema. In a film career spanning over thirty five years and over hundred films, Deol has won two National Film Awards and two Filmfare Awards.
Deol at a promotional event of Ghayal Once Again in 2016
Ajay Singh Deol
19 October 1956 
|Residence||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Occupation||Actor, director, producer|
|Parent(s)||Dharmendra Deol (father)|
Prakash Kaur (mother)
|Relatives||See Deol family|
Deol made his debut opposite fellow debutante Amrita Singh in Betaab (1982). He received a Filmfare Best Actor Award nomination for his performance. Subsequently he went on to star in numerous successful films in the 1980s and 1990s. He made his debut as a director and producer with Dillagi, in which he starred alongside his brother Bobby. His critically recognised work includes Manzil Manzil (1984), Saveray Wali Gaadi (1986), Sultanat (1986), Dacait (1987), Yateem (1988), Veerta (1993), Imtihaan (1994), Salaakhen (1998) and Farz (2001).
With his portrayal of an amateur boxer wrongly accused of his brother's murder in Rajkumar Santoshi's critically and commercially successful Ghayal in 1990, Deol gained wide recognition and praise. The film went on to win seven Filmfare Awards and his performance won him the Filmfare Award for Best Actor and the National Film Award – Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Feature Film). His portrayal of a lawyer in the film Damini – Lightning (1993) fetched him several accolades including the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. Anil Sharma's Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001), in which Deol portrayed a lorry driver who falls in love with a Muslim girl, was the highest grossing Bollywood film ever at the time of its release, and garnered him another Filmfare Best Actor Award nomination.  Deol's successful films include The Hero: Love Story of a Spy (2003), Apne (2007), Yamla Pagla Deewana (2011) and Ghayal Once Again (2016). These accomplishments have established him as a leading actor of the Hindi film industry. He is married to Pooja Deol with whom he has two sons.
He has a younger brother Bobby Deol and two sisters Vijayta and Ajeeta who are settled in California. His step-mother is Hema Malini, through whom he has two paternal half-sisters, actress Esha Deol and Ahana Deol. His cousin Abhay Deol is also an actor.
Deol made his debut in the 1983 romantic film Betaab in which role he was praised and he was nominated for best actor at Filmfare Awards. Deol has appeared in Rahul Rawail's Arjun (1985), in which he played the titular role of an unemployed youngster. The film went on to become a major hit and established Deol's status as an action hero. In 1986 he appeared alongside his father in Sultanat. In the final years of the decade he appeared in several hits including Dacait (1987), Yateem (1988) and Paap Ki Duniya (1988). In 1989, he had back to back hits with Rajiv Rai's Tridev and Pankaj Parashar's ChaalBaaz. He even won his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor in Rajkumar Santoshi's 1990 film Ghayal. He paired with Aditya Pancholi in Vishnu-Devaa (1991). From 1992–1997, he gave back to back hits with films like Lootere, Darr, Jeet, Ghatak, Border and Ziddi. In 1999 he made his directorial debut with Dillagi starring himself, his brother and Urmila Matondkar.
His first hit in the millennium was Anil Sharma's 2001 film Gadar. In 2003 he teamed up with director Anil Sharma yet again for The Hero: Love Story of a Spy, which also starred Preity Zinta and Priyanka Chopra. Released on 11 April, The Hero was billed as Bollywood's most expensive film at that time with an estimated budget of ₹600 million (US$8.3 million). The film became the third highest-grossing Bollywood film of that year. Sunny appeared alongside his father Dharmendra and Bobby Deol together for the first time in Apne (2007), and then yet again in Yamla Pagla Deewana.
Deol's first release of 2010 was Neeraj Pathak's crime thriller Right Yaaa Wrong which had him playing a police inspector. Yamla Pagla Deewana was Sunny's only release in 2011 and was one of the biggest successes of the year. In 2011, he started working in Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru's I Love NY opposite Kangana Ranaut and in Chandraprakash Dwivedi's Mohalla Assi opposite Sakshi Tanwar, but due to some reason both films have been delayed. For the first time in his career, Sunny lent his voice (for Bheem) in the Animated film Mahabharata; produced by Jayantilal Gada of PEN India Pvt Ltd. His future venture is Neeraj Pathak's Bhaiyyaji Superhitt (where he plays a double role for the first time). . It earned US$6.7 million whereas Yamla Pagla Deewana earned US$14 million. In the end of 2013 Sunny's movie Singh Saab The Great was loved massively and created a big pandemonium in the cinema hall as well as on Facebook. In 2016, Ghayal Once Again was released which is a sequel to his 1990 film Ghayal and is the second film directed by him. His latest movie in 2017 was Poster boys which became semi hit on box-office.
Deol is married to Pooja Deol and the couple has two sons, Karan and Rajveer. Karan was an assistant director on Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 and has rapped in a song sung by Diljit Dosanjh in the film. Karan Deol is set to make his Bollywood debut with the Hindi language feature film Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas, presented by Dharmendra & Zee Studios to be produced by Sunny Sounds Pvt. Ltd.
Awards and nominations
Apart from National Film Awards, Filmfare Awards and other competitive awards which Deol won for his performances throughout the years, he has been awarded several honours for his achievements in the Indian film industry.
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