2023 has truly been the dream Bollywood comeback for Sunny Deol as Gadar 2 achieved stupendous box office success. The two-time National Film Award-winning actor, who turned 67 today, has been in the industry for 4 decades and has starred in more than 90 movies. While the audience loves his angry action hero avatar the most, the Gadar: Ek Prem Katha actor has time and again flexed his acting chops in various genres like drama and romance, delivering quite a few blockbuster hits.
Celebrate Sunny Deol’s 67th birthday with these 6 best movies of the National Film Award-winning actor that have an IMDb rating of 7 & above:
1. Border – Amazon Prime Video
IMDb rating: 7.9
Amongst Sunny Deol’s many defining movies that enjoyed massive box office numbers is Border. The JP Dutta directorial is set during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, particularly the Battle of Longewala. Sunny Deol played real-life hero, Major-turned-Brigadier Kuldip Singh Chandpuri, who led the Longewala battle against Pakistan and was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra for his bravery. Border’s talented ensemble cast includes Jackie Shroff as Wing Commander Anand Bajwa aka Andy, Suniel Shetty as Assistant Commandant Captain Bhairon Singh Rathod, BSF, Akshaye Khanna as 2nd Lieutenant Dharamvir Singh Bhan, and Tabu as Kuldip’s wife Yamora Kaur Chandpuri.
2. Damini – Netflix
IMDb rating: 7.8
You must have definitely heard of Sunny Deol’s iconic “dhai kilo ka haath” and “tareek pe tareek” dialogues from his film Damini. In the hard-hitting cult feminist Rajkumar Santoshi directorial, Sunny Deol plays volatile lawyer Govind Srivastava, who comes to Damini’s (Meenakshi Seshadri) aid after she witnesses her housemaid being raped by a family member and bravely fights for her justice. Also starring Rishi Kapoor as Damini’s husband Shekhar Gupta and Amrish Puri as Govind’s rival lawyer Indrajit Chaddha, Damini won Sunny Deol his second National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor.
3. Ghayal – ZEE5
IMDb rating: 7.7
Ghayal led to the actor receiving his first National Film Award – Special Jury Award. The super hit Rajkumar Santoshi directorial – which also won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment – centers on Ajay Mehra (Sunny Deol), an amateur boxer, who is framed for the murder of his elder brother Ashok (Raj Babbar) by evil businessman Balwant Rai (Amrish Puri). Ajay eventually seeks revenge in a violent way. Ghayal also stars Meenakshi Seshadri as Ajay’s love interest Varsha Sahay and Moushumi Chatterjee as Ashok’s wife Indu Mehra, and perfectly showcases Deol’s unbeatable action-hero charisma.
4. Darr – Amazon Prime Video
IMDb rating: 7.6
Darr may have catapulted Shah Rukh Khan’s career to superstardom, but the Yash Chopra directorial also includes an underrated performance by Sunny Deol. The psychological romantic thriller film – which won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment – shows Rahul Mehra’s (Shah Rukh Khan) obsessive, stalkerish love for Kiran (Juhi Chawla), who is married to Sunil Malhotra (Sunny Deol), an Indian Navy officer. Eventually, Darr becomes an aggressive Rahul vs. Sunil showdown with Kiran stuck in between.
5. Chup: Revenge of the Artist – ZEE5
IMDb rating: 7.6
The crime thriller film focuses on IG Arvind Mathur’s (Sunny Deol) hunt to catch the notorious Mumbai serial killer, whose victims are film critics who give dishonest reviews. Alongside Sunny, Chup also stars Dulquer Salmaan as Danny, a florist, Shreya Dhanwanthary as Nila Menon, an entertainment reporter, Pooja Bhatt as Dr. Zenobia Shroff, a criminal psychologist, and Saranya Ponvannan as Nila’s mother.
6. Ghatak – YouTube
IMDb rating: 7.5
Another Sunny Deol-Rajkumar Santoshi blockbuster classic, Ghatak cemented Deol’s unbeatable hold over the action genre. The action thriller drama film tells the story of Kashi Nath (Sunny Deol), a kind-hearted wrestler, who leads a brutal revolt against Katya (Danny Denzongpa), a tyrannical gangster terrorising the residents of the Mumbai colony where Kashi Nath and his family moves into from Banaras. However, his pursuit for justice endangers the lives of the residents and particularly, Kashi Nath’s loved ones. Ghatak also stars Meenakshi Seshadri as Gauri, Kashi’s love interest, and Amrish Puri as Kashi’s adoptive father Shambu Nath.