At a time when whatever a star does becomes a headline, actor Sunny Deol says 'Deols' don't like to sell themselves and would rather be known for their work.
While many actors remain in limelight all the time, the
Deol family keeps their personal life guarded.
"We like to have dignity and like to stick to what we
are. We don't like to sell ourselves. Today people are not
ashamed of revealing or talking about anything. May be that is
the culture or trend of the society today but we will not do
it ever," Sunny told PTI in an interview here.
"I should be known for my work and not how I promote
myself and what I do. I don't want to be known for bad things
in life ever. I should be known for my work. People should
love me for my work. And if my work is not good they should
kick me out," he said.
Sunny, 56, made his acting debut with Betaab (1983)
opposite Amrita Singh. His performance in films like Arjun
(1985), Ghayal (1990) and Ghatak(1996) gave him the action
The actor received national award twice for Ghayal
and Damini and gave memorable performances in films like
Darr, Border, Gadar, The Hero, Yamla Pagla Deewana
"I think I had a great journey. I have seen quite a lot
of things in life. I would not like to change anything.
Because every moment of my life has taught me something. The
last few years had been tough, everybody has tough times,"
"I would say one must just keep working hard and not lose
faith. You don't know when destiny is going to come your way,
what opportunity comes your way," he said.
Sunny is going slow in his filmi career these days. His
last release was Yamla Pagla Deewana in 2011.
Ask him what kept him away from films, the actor says,
"I was not getting good subjects that would excite me. Also my
health was not good, that was also a reason. The subjects that
I was offered did not suit me."
"And if there were subjects that suited me, people
were not confident of making a film with me. They thought I
won't be viable for the project," he admitted.
Now, Sunny has a few films lined up for release like -
I Love New Year, Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, Mohalla Assi,
Singh Saheb The Great and Ghayal Returns.
"The films which are almost ready for release this
year are I Love New Year, Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, Mohalla
Assi and Singh Saheb The Great," he said.
With changing times when films promotions have taken a
centre stage, Sunny feels that reaching out to audience is
"I think promotions are very important but at times we
over do it and at times we do it less. But it is very
important. Earlier, fans had to search for their favourite
actor's upcoming film but now we have to reach out to them,"
"Reaching out has become important. As everybody is
involved in promotions today, it is necessary to do it in an
innovative manner," he added.
But he does feel selling the film on TV has also
become important today? "It is important that a film gets sold
(TV rights) as it speaks volume about the film. If the movie
is not sold, it becomes difficult to earn or make money. We
are on the mercy of the buyer. We should not compromise. But
that should not be the reason why we make films," he said.
Also, as Rs 100 crore has become a benchmark to
measure a film's success, the actor feels it was prevalent
even earlier but has got highlighted now.
"Everybody wants success. Today money is the main
issue of life and our films are a reflection of what the
society, the country is. We are not different. And cinema has
been doing the business of Rs 100 crore for years but that is
getting noticed today," he said.
"If you evaluate the success of old films it will be
more than Rs 100 crore. So I don't think anything has
changed," Sunny added.