Taking a chance in Bollywood is destiny, some fail while some pass the test and become a superstar. While many star kids are trying their luck in the industry of glitz and glamour, it is not a cakewalk for them. Unlike commoners, star kids just get easy access because of their family members.
Karan Deol–Sunny Deol‘s son who will mark his debut with Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas, has recently opened up about getting bullied in school. In an Instagram post, he wrote-
“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 I 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.”
We are sure that Karan’s note can be an inspiration for many others like him.