Name: Bobby Deol
Birthdate: 27th of January, 1967
Marital Status: Bobby Deol is married to Tanya Ahuja and they have two sons.
1) Bobby Deol was awarded the prestigious Filmfare Best Debut Award for his performance in ‘Barsaat’ (1995).
2) In the year 2002, he also received the Filmfare Best Actor Award for ‘Humraaz’.
Biography: Bobby Deol, the renowned Indian actor was born on the 27th of January in the year 1969 as Vijay Singh Deol. He was born in the City of Dreams Mumbai into a Punjabi background and he is legendary actor Dharmendra’s second son as well as the brother of actor Sunny Deol. Bobby is also the brother to two sisters, Ajita and Vijeyta. He also has two half-sisters- Ahana and Esha Deol, resulting from Dharmendra’s second marriage to renowned actress Hema Malini.The Bollywood actor, Abhay Deol is also his younger cousin. He wanted to pursue his schooling from The Lawrence School in Sanawar, but later on he had to join the Mayo College at Ajmer.
In the year 1977, Bobby Deol debuted as a child actor in the Manmohan Desai directed ‘Dharam Veer’, starring Dharmendra, Zeenat Aman, Jeetendra Singh, Neetu Singh, Ranjeet, Jeevan, Pran and Indrani Mukherjee. As a grown up individual, Deol’s very first flick was the Rajkumar Santoshi directed 1995 film called ‘Barsaat’ where he starred alongside Twinkle Khanna. Here he enacted the role of a character by the name of Badal who moves to a big city from a rural village and there he falls into the clutches of gangsters and corrupt police officials along with falling in love. This movie was a moderate success and Bobby Deol was bestowed with the prestigious Filmfare Award in the Best Debut Actor category for this film.
Next up in 1997, he signed up for Rajiv Rai’s suspense thriller titled ‘Gupt: The Hidden Truth’. In this film, he starred alongside Raj Babbar, Om Puri, Kajol, Manisha Koirala and Paresh Rawal. Here Deol donned the role of a young man by the name of Sahil who was blamed for murdering his step-father and was hence imprisoned. According to the story, Sahil eventually escapes from the prison compound and sets out on a journey to track down his step-father’s real killer. This film which was greatly appreciated for its brilliant storyline and music was a huge success at the box office. In the very same year, Deol had also starred opposite actress Aishwariya Rai Bachchan in Rahul Rawail’s ‘Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya’. However, this film did miserably at the theatres. The following year in 1998, Deol appeared alongside Neha in ‘Kareeb’, directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Same year he also starred alongside Preity Zinta and Raakhee in Abbas Mustan’s film, ‘Soldier’. In 1999 he appeared in his brother Sunny Deol’s directorial debut film, ‘Dillagi’. Sunny Deol had also acted alongside Bobby Deol in this film. This film basically deal with the story of two brothers who constantly fought with each other for a girl called Shalini, played by Urmila Matondkar.
In the year 2000, Bobby Deol was casted in the action drama flick ‘Badal’, directed by Raj Kanwar and starring alongside actress Rani Mukherji. This film depicted the kind of life led by people during the 1984 riots in Delhi and Punjab. ‘Badal’ was based on Alan J. Pakula’s 1997 flick, ‘The Devil’s Own’ starring Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt. In the year 2000, Deol had also signed up for two more projects: ‘Hum to Mohabbat Karega’, directed by Kundan Shah and ‘Bichhoo’, directed by Guddu Dhanoa. ‘Bichhoo’ was a remake of the 1994 film titled ‘Leon’, directed by Luc Besson and starring Natalie Portman and Jean Reno in the lead roles. In the year 2001, Bobby Deol signed up for ‘Aashiq’ directed by Indra Kumar. Here he shared the screen space with Rahul Dev and Karisma Kapoor. Next up he worked on the sets of ‘Ajnabee’ alongside Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor and Bipasha Basu. In 2002, Sunny Deol appeared on screen with his brother, Sunny Deol in the movie, ‘23rd March 1931: Shaheed’, directed by Guddu Dhanoa. This movie revolves around the time when India was under the rule of the British Raj. Here the film depicts the various events which led to the hanging of the freedom fighters, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru on the 23rd of March in the year 1931. Here the role of Bhagat Singh was played by Bobby Deol whereas Sunny Deol donned the role of the revolutionary called Chandrashekhar Azad. This film received mixed reviews and Deol received various positive remarks for his performance in the film. Bobby Deol was nominated for the prestigious Filmfare Best Actor Award for his performance in the Abbas Mustan directed ‘Humraaz’, where Deol played the role of a rich shipping businessman. This particular movie had its inspirational roots in the 1954 film, ‘Dial M for Murder’, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. ‘Humraaz’ portrays Bobby Deol in an epic love triangle with Amisha Patel and Akshaye Khanna. ‘Chor Machaaye Shor’ by David Dhawan was Deol’s last project in 2002 where he starred alongside Om Puri, Bipasha Basu, Shilpa Shetty and Paresh Rawal.
He took a break from acting in the year 2003. He made his comeback the following year in 2004 with the Guddu Dhanoa directed ‘Kismat’, starring Priyanka Chopra, Kabir Bedi and Bobby Deol himself. Soon after ‘Kismat’, Deol signed up for E. NIwas’s drama and thriller flick titled ‘Bardaasht’, starring alongside Rahul Dev and Lara Dutta. ‘Baardasht’ depicts the brutality of the police force and the various forms of corruption in the country. He also worked on the sets of ‘Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo’, directed by Anil Sharma. This film had among its star cast some of the eminent personalities from the Bollywood industry namely Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar. This film, despite having great box office expectations failed miserably at the theatres. Here Deol enacted the role of a Lieutenant Commander named Vikramjeet Singh/ Kunaljit Singh and for this role, he had to wear a turban on his head. This attracted more Punjabi audience and Deol received various positive remarks from people stating that he looked better wearing a turban.
In the year 2005, he played the role of a rich businessman called Avinash Malhotra, in Vikram Bhatt’s directed thriller film called ‘Jurm’. Deol was praised for his spectacular performance in the film. Next up he appeared along with Sunil Shetty, Ajay Devgan and Sanjay Dutt in the film, ‘Tango Charlie’, directed by Mani Ratnam. Here he played the role of Tarun Chauhan, an Indian soldier belonging to the 101st BSF Battalion and operating in the north eastern Indian province. In 2006, he signed up for ‘Humko Tumse Pyaar Hai’, a musical love story directed by Raj Kanwar.
The year 2007 saw him appearing in six films namely ‘Shakalaka Boom Boom’, ‘Jhoom Barabar Jhoom’, ‘Apne’, ‘Naqaab’, ‘Om Shanti Om’ (special appearance) and ‘Nanhe Jaisalmer’ (special appearance). ‘Apne’, directed by Anil Sharma was all-in-all a family affair, starring father Dharmendra, a retired boxer who trains his two sons (Bobby Deol and Sunny Deol) for a boxing championship and in the process of doing so, he ends up creating a rift between the family members. This film created a great impact at the box office.
Some of his recent films include ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana’ (2011), ‘Thank You’ (2011) and ‘Players’ (2012). One of his upcoming film is ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana 2’, directed by Sangeeth Sivan and starring Kristina Akheeva, Bobby Deol, Sunny Deol, Neha Sharma and Dharmendra. This flick which is a sequel to the 2011 film, ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana’, will be releasing on the 7th of June, 2013.