January 21, 2016 3:54:54 pm
Bollywood actor Sunny Deol is gearing up for the release of Ghayal Once Again, a sequel to his 1990 hit film Ghayal. In an exclusive interview with IndianExpress.com, Sunny Deol discusses his sequel, playing the quintessential action hero and the troublesome censor board.
Ques: Why did it take so long for you to make a sequel of your hit film, Ghayal?
Sunny Deol: I most definitely wanted to make a sequel right away. I was aware of sequels then in the 90s. I was a great fan of Mel Gibson and Sylvester Stallone and their franchises like Rocky and Lethal Weapon. I too wanted to make a sequel but at that time there was no great trend of sequels in our industry. Also Raj (Rajkumar Santoshi) was not quite interested, and when the trend of sequels started, I didn’t have any story and talks with directors were also not fruitful. In the end, I was so adamant that I myself took it up. And the same took 25 long years. (Read: Salman has great respect for me: Sunny Deol)
Ques: What would you say is the USP of Ghayal Once Again?
Sunny Deol: The earnest, honesty and societal relevance that we portrayed in Ghayal, we have used the same elements in Ghayal Once Again too. Today in 2016, how despite the huge scientific and technological advancements where we as human beings stand and how our society has evolved is something that we have looked into. I have picked my character of Ajay Mehra and how he would exist and be relevant in today’s times. (Also read: ‘Ghayal Once Again’ relevant to youth, says Sunny Deol)
Ques: You are always seen as an action hero. Are you happy with this image?
Sunny Deol: I have never attempted to make or break any image. As an actor, I came to do cinema. I have always played characters which are positive and go-getters and yes, they would end up fighting for their rights and justice. It is the media that gave me this image of an action hero and later producers and directors started approaching me with such projects. But I am mostly known because of the section of films I have done and they have been well received story wise as well. (Read: Sunny Deol goes back to his roots with ‘Ghayal Once Again’)
Ques: You and Amrish Puri formed a great on-screen bond. How much do you miss an actor his stature today?
Sunny Deol: I miss him too much. He was a great human being .He was a versatile actor who could slip in seamlessly into any role given.
Ques: Your co-star of many films, Meenakshi Seshadri was in Mumbai last year. Did you meet her?
Sunny Deol: I didn’t get to meet her. I wanted her to do a little role in my movie. It would have been nice had she done it. But she didn’t have the time. She was here only for a brief period.
Ques: The censor board has been a thorn in the flesh of many filmmakers. What is your take?
Sunny Deol: The censor board has always been like this. Nothing has changed. It is just that it has erupted now. It has always been there. Unfortunately, this is how our country functions. I feel sometimes these issues are overblown. I wouldn’t comment on it because we keep making our cinema anyways. I think both censors and cinema have to find ways to co-exist. They are there to keep us in check and we are there to push their limits. (Read: Wasn’t happy with special effects in ‘Ghayal Once Again’: Sunny Deol)
Ques: It’s been a long time since we have seen you in a patriotic film. Anything on cards soon?
Sunny Deol: I have always been a proud Indian. As far as a patriotic film is concerned, it depends if there is a subject like that but I have always played characters which are positive and someone who should never give up if he is fighting for the truth.
Ques: You still look so fit and fabulous. What is the secret?
Sunny Deol: (Smiles) I really don’t know. I don’t have any vices like drinking. I always get up early in morning and workout and this has been my way of life.
Ques: Finally tell us when will your son Karan make his Bollywood debut?
Sunny: This will definitely happen. But it is too early to talk about my son.
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