Karan Deol made his Bollywood debut in 2019 with Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas, a romantic drama directed by his father and veteran actor Sunny Deol. However, the film failed to impress audiences and critics and was declared a box office disaster. In a candid interview with ETimes, Karan revealed how he dealt with the failure of his first film and the challenges he faced as a star kid in the industry.
Karan said that his father Sunny Deol has been his inspiration and motivation to work hard and be patient in the film industry. He revealed that it took his father 22 years to reach the level of success achieved by his latest film Gadar 2, which has broken several box office records and become the third highest-grossing Hindi film of 2023. Karan said that he admires his father’s perseverance and dedication to his art. This has inspired Karan to follow his father’s strategy to find work and success in the film industry, where new faces emerge every day.
Karan admitted that he is currently looking for work and is facing tough competition in the industry. He said that he is learning to be patient and wait for the right opportunities, as his father Sunny Deol has done throughout his career. “I am still struggling and looking for work,” he said.
When Karan was asked about the nepotism debate in Bollywood, he said that he feels people are quick to judge and criticize those who come from film families. He said that there is a lot of pressure and expectations on star kids and people are waiting to bring them down. He also confessed that he sometimes doubts his abilities after reading negative comments and reviews on social media, which can affect his mental health.
Karan’s younger brother Rajveer Deol also recently made his debut with the film Dono, which has received a lukewarm response from the audience and has barely crossed the Rs 1 crore mark at the box office in four days. On the other hand, Sunny Deol’s Gadar 2 has emerged as a blockbuster hit and has earned praise from critics and audiences alike.