The infamous nepotism debate continues to haunt Karan Johar. In addition to directing and producing blockbuster hits, Karan Johar became a household name ever since he turned host for 'Koffee With Karan'. On a much talked about episode of the show, Kangana Ranaut called Karan the 'flag bearer of nepotism' and what followed after was a year-long discussion on the existence of nepotism in Bollywood.
Sunny Deol's son Karan is now ready to set foot in Bollywood with 'Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas' and while talking about the alleged disparity of opportunities between star kids and outsiders in the industry, Sunny said,
"I don’t think that is the issue. There are some star kids who have made it and so many who did not. I did not become what I am today because dad (Dharmendra) wanted me to but because there was something in me, I became something. It all stands on what you are."
During a promotional event for 'Yamla Pagla Deewana: Phir Se', when asked if he has prepared his son given that the nepotism debate is likely to arise once again closer to the release of his debut film, the actor said, "What does it mean, first and foremost? Does it mean that it’s bad? Then, why discuss it? If it meant something negative, then talking about it is understood like why did you do this?."
Sunny further lashed out at those who believe that star kids are more privileged as compared to those who come from non-filmy backgrounds. The actor said,
"So, joh log kamzor hote hai, jinse kuch ho nahi pata, woh log chid mein aur gusse mein iss tarah ki baatein karte hai. Kyunki unmein itni nafrat hai, woh bas kisipe bhanda phodna chahte hai (Those who are weak and are unable to do anything, talk about such things in anger. Such people are filled with hatred and just want to bring people down). Even if I don’t succeed, that doesn't mean I am not gonna curse or discredit someone. I am not gonna stop living. I will live. But, it all depends on what type of people they are.”
Meanwhile, it has been over three decades since Sunny Deol stormed into Bollywood scene with his debut film 'Betaab' (1983). The actor is now all set to make way for gen-next. Sunny's son Karan Deol will soon be seen on the big screen with the film 'Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas'. Talking to PTI about his son's Bollywood debut, Sunny had some words of wisdom, "When I came in the industry was I mentally prepared? I am sure he is coming in his own way the way I came in. Rest is up to him - how he portrays himself, the subjects he chooses, how he does the job and that is all up to him." On Valentine's day last year, Sunny, who is also directing the film, had taken to Twitter to share a video from his son's first film and captioned it, "Love is in the air with #palpaldilkepaas ... #happyvalentinesday!!"
On the work front, Sunny Deol will next be seen in 'Yamla Pagla Deewana: Phir Se', which is slated for a release on August 31. The actor will also be seen in 'Bhaiaji Superhit' alongside Preity Zinta, which is set to hit screens in October.
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