Three years after Apne, the Deols —brothers Sunny, Bobby and papa Dharmendra —are back on screen together in Yamla Pagla Deewana. And with Sunny’s 19-year-old son enrolling as the first student of filmmaker Rahul Rawail’s just-launched acting academy, speculation is rife that the third movie with the Deols, which will be produced by Vijeyta Films, could also feature Karan.
However, Sunny is quick to refute the rumours. He points out that Rawail who directed his first film, Betaab (1983), is an intelligent filmmaker who has great cinema to his credit. He’s glad that his son is under Rawail’s guidance and a student in the first Indian branch of the world-famous Stella Adler Studio Of Acting. "Named after Marlon Brando’s first acting teacher, the world-renowned New York acting school has trained Anthony Quinn, Warren Beatty and Candice Bergen. But Karan is still pretty young, he needs a couple of years of strong grounding. After that we’ll see," says Sunny.
"Vijeyta Films though will get back into production soon." Quiz him on his relationship with his son and Sunny says that education has helped change attitudes. "My father was always my father, never a friend. Growing up, we knew that there were lines that we couldn’t cross. And I like it that way. That’s why it was so much fun doing a film like Yamla Pagla Deewana that gave me an opportunity to do all those things I’ve wanted to with dad but still can’t imagine replicating in real life," admits the star, whose recent turbaned look has earned him the tag of a ‘sexy sardar’.
He’s worked with Dharmendra earlier in Sunny (1984) though they had no scenes together. And Saveriwali Gaadi (1986) that came early in his career. "Also, JP Dutta’s Kshatriya (1993). During a sword fight for the film, I hit dad on the knee and was petrified for days together," he laughs. Yamla Pagla Deewana, he admits, was a homecoming of sorts for the Deols, taking them back to Punjab for a 45-day shoot.
The film has sparked off plenty of excitement amongst the trade and viewers alike since the first promos aired on November 5. “We’re overwhelmed, we’d not expected something like this,” he concedes. “My fans are now urging me to go all out and promote the film like other stars and not lag behind."