Sunny Deol’s son Karan Deol is just one film old as an actor, but his entire family has been in the showbiz business for decades. Hence, he experienced how much the industry has changed over the years. The 30-year-old actor feels, for starters today, actors are more than just their profession.
“Dad’s (Sunny Deol) and grandfather’s (Dharmendra) time was completely different. Now there are a lot of other factors. As an actor, you are a brand. You are selling yourself like a commodity out there, promoting yourself on social media. Back during those times, social media was not big, there were different ways to connect with your fans,” says Karan, adding that one has to stay “relevant” with today’s generation.
While he is still getting used to being avid social media user, the one aspect which Karan still can’t wrap his head, is movie promotions. “I need get a little better at it, and get a hang of it,” says the actor, who made his acting debut in 2019 with Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas.
Adding on, how he is not ‘spotted’ like other actors, nor seen at any parties. “You have to be who you are, and not someone you are not. I do not do those things which would make me uncomfortable or do not suit me. You have to let your personality show its honest side, you can’t lie about yourself,” says the actor, who is currently prepping for his next project, a sequel to Apne (2007).
He further shares that the best career advice he has received is from his grandfather. Karan Deol says, “He says that at his age, he is still learning. He tells me to look around me, absorb everything. You never know, what you can learn one day or some interesting character can catch your eye which you can implement later. In our lives too, we are stuck, and stopped seeing around us.”