“I have never been fond of referencing my old films in newer ones”: Sunny Deol

Bollywood Interview

Sunny Deol is an action icon and one of Indian cinema’s biggest superstars of all time – no two ways about it. As such, some of his adrenaline-pumping dialogues and fight scenes have become the stuff of legend, fondly remembered by Bollywood moviegoers, and have even crept into our everyday lingo and mannerisms. So much so, that nowadays when filmmakers direct him, they like to reference some of his iconic scenes and dialogues, as was evidences in movies like Yamla Pagla Deewana (2011) and Poster Boys (2017). However, ask Sunny about these references, and surprisingly, you’d find out that he doesn’t quite enjoy them.

During a recent interview with the macho star, we got talking about said references, and while Sunny appreciates them being recollected by his fans, he isn’t keen to the idea of recreating them on screen, especially for comic effect. So why does he do them then? Well, that’s because he can’t say no to his kid brother.

“It’s great that people remember some of my scenes and dialogues to this day. I feel grateful and humbled. But I’ve never been fond of recreating them in my other films, especially for comic effect. For one, I don’t feel that I’ve done anything so worthy that they merit a reference in the subject of another film, and secondly, I’m worried that could end up being caricatured. The Directors of both Yamla Pagla Deewana and Poster Boys wanted me to do them, so we did it, and people enjoyed the references. So, no harm done. But, I remember telling them both that I didn’t want to those scenes. However, on both occasions, it was Bobby who persuaded me, and so I ended up doing them. In fact, it was he who spoke the hand-pump reference from Gadar in Yamla Pagla Deewana, and I had just played along.”

Well, it’s a good thing that Sunny’s such a sport and Bobby knows how to press his buttons because truth be told, we just love it when those iconic scenes and dialogues from his older films are referenced.

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