When I was kid, I wanted to be Sunny Deol when I grew up. That was till Ajay Devgan came around and Mom started telling me that if he can become a hero, I can too. I even went all Karate Kid after watching Jigar, trying to hit boiled eggs after tossing them into air or punching into warm sand while screaming ‘HYYEEAAAH’. Dad put an end to all those dreams when I started blaming him for not being an Action Director. I ended up being an Industrial engineer, a software tester and a blogger, but we digress.
It was Sunny Paaji’s birthday yesterday and like all other celebrity birthdays, it was celebrated on Twitter with much aplomb. I personally think that Sunny Deol is one of the best things to have happened to the Indian Film Industry. In fact, I think as Amitabh Bacchan transitioned into being an angry-middle-aged-man, Sunny Deol filled in the much needed void in the Indian Film Industry. Amitabh used to be angry for a reason – parents killed, father abandoned mother, lost his entire family or the frustration of being a dockworker despite having underworld potential(and an unwanted tattoo). Sunny Deol’s is angry by design.
Different actors behave differently when they portray anger on-screen. Amitabh Bacchan had this clenched-teeth-flinging-arms approach to being angry. Hrithik Roshan has this lips-trembling-cheeks-swaying(sounds wrong I know) vibe to action sequences. Dharamendra, when he was angry, pointed his finger at his opponents, questioned their maternal behaviors and threatened to drink animal blood. Aamir Khan in his angry avatar has his eyes all flared up and ready to give his 101%(sometimes 102%).
Sunny Deol screams when he is angry.
Sunny Deol screams.
It is not a Nana Patekar style extempore screaming.
It isn’t a Govinda style war-cry.
It is screaming in its purest form. From the bottom of his epiglottis.
(In a screaming championship, he takes on 7 angry people. There are no flying fists here, nor any dhishum-dhishum. It is just Sunny Paaji, out-screaming everyone else in a 2KM radius. )
This superpower of his is efficiently portrayed in the ‘Taareq pe taareq, Taareeq pe taaareq’ dialogue(one of the earliest examples of recursion). Sunny Deol screaming in a court room with a helpless judge and a stunned audience. Sunny Deol’s opinion is always sound.
And when he is not screaming, he is busy kicking ass. Silently.
Sunny Deol is action tetra-packed. 90% of his movies will scare you to death by their names – Dacait, Inteqaam, Paap ki Duniya, Ghayal, Ghatak, Main Tera Dushman, Jaani Dushman, Aag ka Gola, Narsimha, Dushmani – a violent love story etc. The list never ends. It is only because of him that all the Rais in India stopped naming their kids Balwant. Manmohan Singh’s silence is God’s way of averaging the nation’s noise levels caused by the awesomeness of Sunny bhai’s movies playing on Zee Cinema. With Dharmendra as his father and Bobby Deol as his brother(two extremes when it comes to talent) and Hema Malini as his mom and Esha Deol as his sister(again two extremes when it comes to talent), Sunny bhai has created a separate identity for himself in this industry and is single handedly(pun unintended) responsible for promoting the item-girl part of Mamta Kulkarni’s career.
(More Chest Hair = Extreme Awesomeness)
Apart from having the strongest vocal cords in the country and the heaviest hand in the universe(2.5 Kgs), Sunny also has the best pair of legs in the country. Hardly surprising as he comes from Sylvester Stallone’s gym and aerobics class. To see Sunny dancing is one of the sweetest things in the world. It is passive aggression in its most poetic form.
This Sunny song was one of my favorite songs of the 90s(partly because the movie had Raveen Tandon).
When he is not dancing, Sunny bhai is saving the country, one hand-pump at a time. Hand-pump ho ya Rocket Launcher, it is the dhai-kilo-ka-haath that matters.
Pwning Shah Rukh Khan and getting Juhi Chawla, marrying an icchadhari naagin, throwing bullies in air or committing suicide with Sohni, Sunny Paaji has done it all.
Here is wishing Sunny Deol a very happy birthday and a truckload of success when Ghayal Returns in 2012.
Notes: While fishing for pictures for this post, I learned that if you google for ‘Angry Rajesh Khanna’, all you get are smiling pictures of Rajesh Khanna. Google #fail.1