What an extraordinary year it has been for Bollywood! From seemingly emerging out of nowhere, the industry now boasts an impressive lineup of top films in 2023, each raking in tremendous collections at the box office. Notable releases such as Pathaan, Satyaprem Ki Katha, OMG 2, Tu Jhooti Main Makkar, Jawaan and Tiger 3 have solidified Bollywood's stronghold on the cinematic landscape.
Among the standout performers contributing to this cinematic triumph for the year is the Deol family, whose stellar contributions include – from Dharmendra's nostalgic comeback in 'Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahani' to Sunny Deol's powerful reprisal in 'Gadar 2' and Bobby Deol's show-stopping presence in 'Animal’. This accomplishment is not just a feather in their cap but also marks a poignant and historic moment for the family.
1. Dharmendra Deol for ‘Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahani’
In a triumphant return to the silver screen, Dharmendra Deol, the patriarch of the Deol family and revered figure of Bollywood, showcased his remarkable prowess in 'Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahani,' released on July 28, 2023. The audience was treated to a delightful and extraordinary moment as the legendary Dharmendra Ji graced the film with his iconic presence, bringing back a wave of nostalgic days on-screen. His collaboration with the iconic actress Shabana Azmi surpassed expectations, outshining even the film's lead pair. A particularly surprising highlight was a memorable lip-lock between the veteran duo, evoking thunderous cheers and excitement from the audience within the auditorium. The film, adorned with Dharmendra's brilliance, emerged as one of the biggest hits of 2023, amassing an impressive overall collection of 355.61 crores.
2. Sunny Deol for ‘Gadar 2’
Sunny Deol, the eldest scion of the Deol family, stormed into the limelight with the release of 'Gadar 2' on August 11, 2023. The sequel to a two-decades-old blockbuster garnered an unexpectedly overwhelming response, a testament to Sunny Deol's unmatched prowess on the screen. His powerful performance, characterized by rugged dialogue delivery and fiery acting, echoed the glory days of the '80s and '90s. The audience's dynamic response catapulted 'Gadar 2' and especially to witness one of the best on-screen couples i.e. Safeena and Tara Singh. That went on to become the third highest-grossing Indian film of 2023 and the seventh highest-grossing Hindi film of all time with an epic 691.08 crore box-office total collection.
This monumental achievement not only reaffirms Sunny Deol's enduring appeal but also underscores his unwavering impact on the cinematic landscape.
3. Bobby Deol for ‘Animal’
And here enters Bobby Deol, the youngest son of the Dharmendra Deol! With a mere presence on screen, he commands attention without uttering even a single word. His Herculean physique, ominous demeanour, and dynamic action sequences make an indelible mark on the big screen. In just a few minutes, Bobby not only steals the spotlight but also receives an overwhelming outpouring of love rarely seen for any guest appearance. Far from a mere cameo, he breathes life into his character, leaving fans longing for more. Overwhelmed by the emotional response, Bobby was recently seen shedding tears in front of the paparazzi, a testament to the power he infused into his performance. The film, hitting theatres on December 1st, concludes the year with an unparalleled entertaining spectacle for audiences. As it currently inches towards the coveted 400 crore mark, Bobby Deol's stellar contribution ensures a grand finale to an already blockbuster year.
The Deol family's triumphant year serves as a testament to the enduring power of talent and storytelling in Bollywood. From the patriarch Dharmendra to the dynamic duo of Sunny and Bobby, the Deols have once again proven that age is just a number in the world of cinema. Their iconic legacy continues to captivate audiences, solidifying their status as a timeless and influential family in the realm of Bollywood cinema.
An epic trio, rising like one of the most iconic dynasties ever witnessed in the history of Indian Cinema!