If you thought being a star kid was all glamour and rubbed-off-recognition, then you’ve got it all wrong. Not only are the poor souls burdened by enormous expectations in terms of replicating their illustrious parents’ success, but they also have to face vexing issues in their growing up years. Like being bullied for being the kid of a famous parent, for instance!
In a heart-touching account that he shared with the online platform Humans of Bombay, Karan Deol bared his soul before readers, recalling how he was constantly bullied in school for being the son of the man with the ‘dhai kilo ka haath’, aka Sunny Deol.
He also recollected how his mother taught him to stand up to the bullies rather than cower in a corner. In the most heartwarming part of his anecdote, he recounted how he stepped out of his famous father’s shadow to become his own person, in his later school years.
You can read Karan Deol’s interview here –
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“The first memory I have of school, was when I was in 1st grade. We had a sports competition and I was taking part in a race. I was standing there, when suddenly a few older boys surrounded me. One of them lifted me up, and in front of everyone, smacked me down. He then asked me, ‘Are you sure you’re Sunny Deol’s son? You can’t even fight back’. I was so embarrassed. It didn’t get any easier from there. Most kids would either judge me or make fun of me, and even the teachers were the same. Once when I didn’t do well in an assignment, in the middle of the class, a teacher came up to me and said, ‘You’re only capable of writing your dad’s cheques, and nothing else.’ My mom was my only support through all of this, she kept telling me, ‘They’re saying these things because that’s how they are as people, it says nothing about you.’ And that kept me going. It was tough but I had to stand up for myself, and answer back instead of giving up and backing down. I had to understand that no one else, but me had the right to decide my worth. I think my turning point was when my school was hosting a talent competition, and I decided to take part. I realised that this was a chance to prove myself. I spent night after night, preparing a rap — because that’s the only thing I knew I was good at. On the day, I remember walking up on that stage, and there was a sea of people, with all eyes on me. But I took a deep breath, and performed my heart out. All the years of being bullied, of being ridiculed, of being identified as nothing else but ‘Sunny Deol’s son’, came out when I was up on that stage. The audience was cheering me on too — I felt so liberated; like I’d finally broken free from the shackles. It took time, but that moment changed my life. I realised that sometimes, it doesn’t take people, and situations, to make your life better. It takes a strong belief in yourself, the power to see yourself for who you are, and not the way others want you to be. You’re not made to fit into moulds, you’re made to create your own identity — one that’s unlike anybody else’s.”
It is all too clear, from Karan’s account, how tough it really is to be a star kid in today’s world.
Karan Deol is all primed up to make his big Bollywood debut with Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas, alongside Sahher Bamba. The movie is directed by Sunny Deol and will hit the theatres on 20th September 2019.