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Sunny Deol on his latest patriotic drama, Indian

Sunny Deol
Sunny Deol
How do you assess your journey from the Ghayal-Ghatak days?
There were important films even before. I have matured as an actor.

Onscreen you're usually a regular guy who's pushed to become an angry he-man. How is Indian different?
Indian's central character is motivated from the word go.

People loved Sunny Deol booing the Pakistanis in Gadar. Are you the next Mr Bharat?
(Laughs) That was just a role. But yes, patriotism is back in the reckoning.

Is that because of the current world situation?
Yes. The WTC attacks have made people rediscover the love for their country.

Does patriotism in cinema reflect patriotism in society?
Indian is all about what we have done to a country, for which great individuals laid down their lives.

Filmi patriotism till now was mostly anti-British, Gadar had the anti-Pakistan element. Do you think there is a trend here?
I don't know. I don't follow trends. What people responded to in Gadar was the love story.

But wasn't Gadar a very Hindu-Jat-Punjabi interpretation of Partition?
That is not important. The movie was rooted in a milieu.

While we are seeing the beginnings of a new kind of cinema, why isn't the industry responding in a big way?
We still lack good subjects, writers and directors.

But writers complain of a lack of professionalism.
Why just the film industry, the whole country suffers from lack of professionalism.

What is your next project going to be about?
It's my dream project on Shaheed Bhagat Singh's life. Bobby plays the lead role.

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