You've delivered one of the biggest hits of Hindi cinema Gadar with Anil Sharma. How do you look back at that landmark film in your career? "When I had heard the script I had loved it and we went ahead and shot it. We had no inclination what's gonna happen. We knew it will be a successful film but we never knew that it will be such a successful film. Anything that is successful happens because of the team. When everyone does his bit right then you do hit the bull's eye." Music of Gadar was super hit. Music of Apne also seems to be melodious unlike Himesh Reshammiya's brand of dhinchak music. "Title song is my favourite. It reminds me of Sandese Aate Hain... there is emotion... the wordings, the melody... it hits the core in your heart basically..."
At an Aids awareness function in Delhi a few days ago Shilpa Shetty made headlines worldwide when she was kissed by Richard Gere. Sunny was present at that function. Incidentally Shilpa is paired opposite Sunny in Apne. "Shilpa is making news. That's good because it's very important to be in news these days. Besides that she is a good person. We have worked in a couple of films. She is a nice actress as well," Sunny said. And does he recall being paired with Bobby for the first time in Dillagi? "Dillagi was a film I directed with Bobby. I think Bobby had done a great role in that film. Obviously he is my younger brother and at times I do treat him like my son. But Apne is different emotion, different relation. Dad is there, bonding of father son is there. It is do with real life characters. It's not goody goody film. It has son fighting with his father, brother can have a fight with brother. These things happen in real life."
Alright... let's talk about Ahmed Khan's Fool N Final for a change now. "We had great fun making the film. Feroze make films with lots of characters... and I am one of them. I'm sure people will like it." Mr Feroze Nadiadwala said that you performed unbelievable stunts in the film. "We do so many stunts but it doesn't make a difference to me as we keep on doing them so many times. I'm a little daring guy. This is how I am since childhood. I wouldn't advice others to do it. Basically it is coordination and confidence. Obviously everything is dangerous but that's life." Shahid in an interview to us addressed you as Sunny Sir. "That's because he is younger to me. And that's the respect one should give to your seniors. It's very sweet of him," Sunny said with a smile.
The evening was settling down into a quite relaxing dusk while the sea seemed within a touching distance. It was pleasant to watch a normally reticent Sunny Deol looking fresh and relaxed answering all our questions sportingly. And as he whizzed past in his stylish Mercedes (driving himself), the look of wonder on the faces of a few labourers standing by was hard to miss. Obviously the common man thinks highly of him. And in this multiplex era, it's these common folks who can still make a star a rock star. So, will Apne do the trick for Sunny Deol? Come June 29th... and you shall get to know.
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