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Updated December 17th, 2023 at 16:19 IST

Sunny Deol slams critics for criticising good films, says ‘they should write thesis on art movies’

Sunny Deol has had a successful year with the release of Gadar 2. The actor has opened up about film critics, successful projects and more.

Sunny Deol
सनी देओल ने फैंस से जोड़ा गदर 2 का कनेक्शन | Image:Sunny Deol Instagram
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Sunny Deol is basking in the success of his recent outing Gadar 2. The actor reprised his role in the action flick which has become one of the biggest films in the Hindi industry. In a recent interview, the actor opened up about critics, the recent successes of the Deol family and his upcoming projects. 

Sunny Deol says Gadar 2 has helped him connect to a newer audience 

Actor Sunny Deol believes his recent release Gadar 2 has helped him establish a connection with younger audiences, who have now started exploring his past filmography. The Anil Sharma directorial, which landed in August, turned out to be a surprise hit of the year with over Rs 500 crore in worldwide gross, much like its predecessor Gadar: Ek Prem Katha, which was the highest-grossing Hindi movie of 2001. "With Gadar 2, what happened is all my fans and all the people that wanted to see the kind of cinema which they had seen in ‘Gadar’, we kept the story that way and people came to see the character, which is deep-rooted in their hearts. "But the beauty of it was the new generation which has got connected to me. I was not connected to them otherwise. They got to see what I’m doing (in 'Gadar 2') and are now seeing some of my older films," Deol told PTI in an interview.

When Gadar 2 came out, Deol said, he visited some theatres and was bowled over by the response. "I could see the love and appreciation. It all felt good. I'm thankful for the love and trust in me. From now on, I'll keep doing movies that people will love,” he added. Prior to the film's release, Deol said the sentiment among the industry folks and critics was that the movie will not work at the ticket window. "We would not know about the sentiment of the audience, we would know about the sentiment of the industry. Yaha industry ka sentiment itna woh nahi tha (The sentiment in the industry was not positive), they were making predictions, the critics and even others bashed the film," he said.

Sunny Deol says people should be happy audience in returning to theatres

In the same conversation, Sunny Deol also spoke about the audience coming back to theatres and accepting all movies wholeheartedly. He said the audience is open to all kinds of movies, whether it is his movie, his younger brother Bobby Deol's Animal or Rocky aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani, which featured his father Dharmendra in a pivotal role. The actor bashed film critics and said, "We make films for the audience. Our films are made for all kinds of audiences. Like there’s Animal and Rocky Rani. The audience is accepting all kinds of films. If the critics want to critique a film, then they should write a thesis on art movies, this cinema is not for that.”

Sunny Deol file photo | Image: Sunny Deol/Instagram

He added, "It is high time that we all be nice and happy that this year has been so good for us and the audience is going back to theatres. We are today offering films that they want to see. It is a good time for Hindi cinema and I believe this will continue."  
(With inputs from PTI)

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Published December 17th, 2023 at 16:19 IST

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