Tough guys are not supposed to be intimidated by a crowd. And then to go on and admit to that failing candidly. But thats Sunny Deol, Bollywoods action hero getting intimidated at his very first press conference.
"I am essentially a shy guy. I did start with a lot of confidence but then just melted when I saw the crowd," he says. But, a little later, he handles the large contingent rather well: pumping flesh, posing with sundry journalists and responding to petulant pleas of, "but you promised me an interview..." with good Punjabi graciousness. There is patience and a willingness to comply. The showmanship is understated, the anger of his on-screen persona absent. Humility is the favourite calling card of the Deols and as the eldest, Sunny carries it as a badge of honour.