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Sunny Deol’s elder son, Karan Deol made his acting debut with the 2019 film Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas.
The movie was helmed by Sunny Deol himself and also marked the debut of actress Saher Bamba.
Unfortunately, for the young Deol, Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas received a negative response from the audience and critics alike and failed to make a mark at the box office.
Two years later, Karan is back with his second film, Velle co-starring his “chachu” Abhay Deol.
The two are busy promoting the film and recently sat for a chat with MensXP discussing Velle and their respective careers.
© Karan Deol Instagram
During the conversation, when we asked Karan about the failure of Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas, the negative reviews he received for his performance and how he dealt with it.
He revealed that he took workshops for Velle and added, “I worked with Feroz sir who was a very big help to me during that period after Pal Pal…He instilled a lot of confidence in me. Obviously, it’s only natural as a human being to read reviews. I can lie to you and tell you I didn’t read the reviews but I did. And you have to take it with a pinch of salt and see where the criticism is right and what you need to work on.”
He further added, “As actors, we are always growing, day by day we are growing. Our growth never stops. I thought that ‘this time is given to you Rocky, don’t give up, don’t let the negativity overcome you and what can you do from here and grow as a person and grow as an actor and keep on working on yourself. Just keep on honing your craft. Be patient, your time will come. Don’t let the negativity keep you down.”
© Karan Deol Instagram
He then talked about the support of his family in tough times, “I am fortunate to have such a supporting family. I am grateful for everything that they have given to me in my life. So just don’t give up. No one in your house has given up. Not a single family member of yours has given up no matter what has happened in their lives. So, look at all of them as role models. This industry has its ups and downs. So, just don’t give up and work on yourself.”
When asked if there was anything in particular told to him by any of his family members after his first film had flopped, Karan responded that his uncle Bobby Deol had a heartfelt chat with him, “Bobby chacha actually came to me and he said, ‘You see what had happened with me in between but look at my life right now. I have come back in a big way. We all have our ups and downs, so be patient and work on yourself and don’t let it affect you.’ He had come and he sat with me for a bit and I got emotional.”
© Bobby Deol Instagram
We then asked Abhay how he looked at Karan’s debut film and if he had any conversation with him at that time or during Velle. Abhay replied, “No, honestly when you stumble, when you make mistakes, you have a setback, it’s the best thing that can happen to you. Because we only learn from our mistakes. So, I wasn’t worried about him at all. The industry can be a very harsh place. Not just by the people who inhabit it but even being in the public eye, being a public figure. Everybody has something to say about you.”
He continued, “My only worry for him was he shouldn’t take to heart what people are saying because people will always say something or the other. Even when you are riding high there will be criticism. But setbacks are good, setbacks are needed. We all go through them. He is pretty strong. And being born in a film industry, you kind of see it when you are a kid. So, we are actually stronger than we look. You are kind of conditioned right from the day you walk in school and you are being made fun of for being related to so and so and being the son of so and so. It starts from the beginning.”
© Karan Deol Instagram
He then stated that whenever he has a conversation with Karan, he always tries to talk about positive stuff, “When I speak with Karan, I always try and speak about positive things and look at things happily. I don’t complain about things, I don’t pay attention to negative things. He knows already he has his family with him. He has me there, he has his father and his brother and his mother and all of us. So, we are in such a privileged place that things could be worse. So, never doubted for one moment that he wouldn’t get over it.”
Karan then added that the negative reaction to his debut film “fueled my fire. Pal Pal… fueled me inside and motivated me in a different way. Like it charged me up and energised me because we all are fighters. So, I said, ‘Chalo, get up and let’s go for another round’ because I am not gonna fall down.”
© Ajay Devgn Ffilms
Abhay and Karan along with Anya Singh, Sawant Singh Premi, Vishesh Tiwari and Mouni Roy will be seen in Velle directed by Deven Munjal.
Backed by Ajay Devgn, Velle is slated for a big-screen release on December 10.