When Teenage Esha Deol Revealed Dharmendra Didn't Wish To See Her Act: Girls Have To Sit At Home

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Esha Deol birthday: Dharmendra and Hema Malini's daughter Esha Deol is celebrating her 42nd birthday on Thursday (November 2). As she turns a year older, here's a Thursday trivia about the time when she talked about convincing her dad to allow her to act.


On Simi Garewal’s talk show, a teenage Esha Deol openly spoke about her desire to enter the world of Bollywood like her parents, but her father's approval was a barrier. Esha and her younger sister Ahana Deol had appeared on Rendezvous With Simi Garewal when they were 17 and 14 respectively.

She had said, "I am interested but it all depends on what my father has to say about it.” Hema Malini added on this and unveiled that when she attempted to broach the subject with Dharmendra, he dismissed it instantly, articulating his concern for his daughters and preferring they stay away from the limelight of the film industry.

Dharmendra, as Esha described, was a protective and possessive father, with traditional values. His preferences included them dressing modestly when he was home and he was concerned about their outings. However, with their mother’s support, they were able to pursue their interests such as participating in state level sports outside Mumbai.

"He doesn't get angry but he is very possessive about us. He is like girls have to sit at home only, Punjabi type of things. We are not allowed to go out that often but mumma is there, so we manage to go for sports and all. We had to go for state-levels outside Mumbai," Esha Deol was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.

Despite her father's initial reluctance, Esha Deol made a successful debut in Bollywood in 2002 with the movie 'Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe’. Her outstanding performance won her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. Since then, she has showcased her acting skills in several other popular films such as Yuva, Dhoom, Dus, No Entry and Shaadi No 1. She further surprised her fans by revealing a waist tattoo she had hidden for 11 years.

In July 2021, Esha embarked on a new journey as she turned producer with the short film, 'Ek Duaa', directed by Ram Kamal Mukherjee. Adding another feather to her cap, Esha starred in the film which portrayed the struggle of a woman fighting for equal rights and love for her daughter. The film was aired on Voot Select.

On the professional front, Esha Deol was last seen in Hunter Tootega Nahi Todega, which beamed on Amazon MiniTV.

Here's wishing Esha Deol a very happy birthday!

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