Even though he is 59, and has been a Bollywood actor for over three decades now, Sunny Deol says age is just a number for him. “I have never bothered about my age, because I don’t feel my age. It is only a topic that people discuss, but it has no meaning for me,” says the actor.
Sunny entered the industry with Betaab (1983), and charmed many with his boy-next-door looks. Soon, he transformed himself into an action star, and delivered hits like Tridev (1989), Ghayal (1990), Ghatak (1996) and Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001), among others. However, the actor has witnessed a lull in his career in the past few years, with most of his films not doing well at the box office. Now, he admits, he is feeling the pinch. “I need a hit. As an actor, I want to do a lot more, and to be able to do that, I need a hit,” he says.
After helming Dillagi in 1999, the actor is set to don the director’s hat once again for his next film. However, since he is a shy person, Sunny says that marketing the movie has been a challenge for him. “The issue is that when I go and promote the film on any TV show, I have to be myself there, and not the character. Being myself, in front of others is what troubles me the most,” he says, adding, “It’s easy to play a role, but being yourself, in front of others, is difficult, as people expect things of you, and you have to fulfil their expectations. For instance, wherever I go, I’m asked to say some of the dialogues from my old films… these dialogues haunt me now.”
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