New Delhi: Fresh off the success of ‘Gadar 2,’ actor Sunny Deol has captured the spotlight once again. Filmmakers are flocking to his office to sign him up after nearly two decades. With prominent stars like Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, and Aamir Khan all approaching their sixties and experiencing inconsistent box office results, their careers have become uncertain. However, just when it seems their careers might be waning, a successful film gives them a few more years of momentum, often accompanied by inflated box office figures. Even fellow filmmakers get drawn into this pattern.
Amidst Sunny’s triumph with ‘Gadar 2,’ there was a setback as his family property, Sunny Villa, located in the prime Mumbai area of Juhu, was put up for auction by the Bank of Baroda due to loan recoveries. The property was featured in a public notice for liquidation but was withdrawn within 24 hours.
Sunny Villa, spanning around 600 square meters, was once a vibrant hub. It held a recording studio, editing suite, and a preview theater. On the ground floor, there was an open-air cafeteria and front offices.
The property had its heyday until the end of 2000, with its recording studio being in high demand. It was a melting pot for industry professionals, with even films like ‘Deewana’ and ‘Andaz Apna Apna’ being planned and made on its premises.
Sunny Deol’s early career saw hits like ‘Betaab’ and ‘Sohni Mehwal,’ alongside intermittent successes such as ‘Tridev,’ ‘Ghayal,’ ‘Narsimha,’ and ‘Damini.’ However, like many actors of his time, financial issues plagued the industry, with actors accepting token money without proper commitments.
His recent success with ‘Gadar 2’ marks a turning point, aligning with the belief in Indian horoscopy that fortune strikes twice, providing opportunities to rectify past mistakes. Sunny Deol’s interview with ‘Variety’ marks a step toward Hollywood recognition.
Although ‘RRR’ tried to make its mark in Hollywood circles through extensive promotion and lobbying efforts, entering the Hollywood sphere requires more than a single interview. Yet, if successful, Sunny Deol could indeed fit the Marvel hero archetype.