A 'triple Deol' treat awaits cinegoers next week with Anil Sharma's Apne, a film that for the first time will see the three Deols - Dharmendra, Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol - share screen space, all set to release worldwide on June 29.
Being seen in trade circles also as a comeback film for the 'Garam Dharam', as Dharmendra is lovingly known among the Mumbai film fraternity, Apne is one of the most awaited films of the year.
Featuring the three Deols along with Kirron Kher, Shilpa Shetty and Katrina Kaif as their leading ladies, Apne is the story of a disgraced boxer (Dharmendra) who wants to get back his honour by making his elder son (Sunny Deol) a boxer of international repute. However, ultimately it is the younger son (Bobby Deol) who steps in to fulfill his father's dream when the elder one refuses to become a boxer.
Given the fact that it is the first film that features the three Deols together, Apne has, naturally, evoked tremendous curiosity in the film trade circles. The level of curiosity for the film can be gauged by the fact that producer Harish Sughand recently managed to sell the satellite, music and overseas rights of the film for a whopping Rs 11.85 crore.<b1>
Further, some of the recent trial shows of the film held for the trade and the film industry have left them highly impressed.
In fact, trade analysts said that not only does the film has abundant action but heart wrenching emotions too.
They said the story of a disgraced boxer wanting to get back his honour with the help of his two sons was sure to strike an instant chord with the cinegoers.
The film has specially evoked huge anticipation among cinegoers in North India, particularly Punjab and Haryana where Dharmendra and Sunny Deol command a huge fan following.
The draw of the Deols, coupled with the fact that the film has a number of clap worthy sequences, will ensure the film goes on to be a winner at the box office, analysts feel. For the Deols too, acting in Apne has been a memorable experience.<b2>
The recent IIFA award ceremony at Yorkshire saw Bollywood's famous 'He Man' Dharmendra and his sons Sunny and Bobby present a highly emotional picture on the occasion of awarding the Lifetime Achievement Award to Dharmendra.
Referring to Apne, Dharmendra described it as an "unforgettable experience".
Terming it as one of the best roles of his film career, Dharmendra expressed the hope that cinegoers would also show their love towards the family by making Apne a huge success.
"We were waiting for this moment for the last so many years and we were searching for a script to work together and got it," Dharmendra said.
The Bollywood "He Man" of yesteryears said Apne had been created with his family in mind.