Family connections don’t get lost in Bollywood. In fact, they can take you quite a long way. Koimoi.com brings you the genealogies of the top families of Bollywood – the first being the Deols.
The original ‘iron man’ of Bollywood, Dharmendra, was born Dharmendra Singh Deol to father Kewal Kishan Singh Deol and mother Satwant Kaur in rural Punjab. The son of a headmaster, the handsome star went on to achieve stardom in Bollywood and dabbled in politics.
Sunny Deol is Dharmendra’s eldest son from his first marriage to Prakash Kaur. Born Ajay Singh Deol, Sunny is known for his action-packed roles and unforgettable dialogues like “Tareekh pe tareekh…” and “Ye dhai kilo ka haath…”. The actor will be seen next in his forthcoming films, Mohalla Assi and Ghayal Returns.
Unlike his father Dharmendra and brother Sunny, Bobby Deol (Vijay Singh Deol) made a reputation for himself as a romantic star in Bollywood. Sunny and Bobby also have two sisters, Vijeta and Ajeeta.
Sparks flew between Dharmendra and Hema Malini on the sets of Sholay, and the duo tied the knot in 1980. The Tamil speaking Bollywood actress was the on-screen ‘Dream Girl’ during her time and shot to fame with hits like Seeta Aur Geeta and The Burning Train.
Esha Deol followed the footsteps of parents Dharmendra and Hema Malini, and entered Bollywood with Koi Mere Dil Se Pooche. The multifaceted Esha is very different from her step-siblings, Sunny and Bobby: she proudly flaunts her tattoos, is a trained Odissi and Bharatanatyam dancer and took up acting much to the chagrin of her father.
Dharmendra’s nephew, Abhay Deol, has marched to the beat of a different drummer. The Dev D star has created an image quite different from his uncle Dharmendra and cousins – Sunny and Bobby. His next film is the 15 July release Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.
Other Notable Deols
Ajit Singh Deol: Dharmendra’s younger brother was a director and producer. Ajit Singh is Abhay Deol’s father.
Ahana Deol: Esha’s younger sister, Ahana, has more or less, stayed away from the limelight. But she does perform on stage and appear in ads with sister Esha and mom Hema.