Esha Deol, (born November 2, 1981) is an Indian actress who appears in Bollywood films. Esha is the first daughter of actors Dharmendra and Hema Malini and half-sister to actors Bobby Deol and Sunny Deol. She also has a younger sister, Ahana. She attended Jamnabai Narsee School, where she excelled at soccer. She was also trained in Indian classical dance by her mother, an accomplished dancer herself. She later attended Oxford University. An eminent footballer, she is one of the rare Indian actresses to sport a toned, muscular look.
Her debut film, Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe, did not do well at the box office, but her performance was noticed, and she won the Lux New Face Award for this movie. She starred in a number of films over the next two years, but none of them succeeded. She finally had her first big hit in Dhoom (2004). This was followed by a Karan Johar and Shahrukh Khan joint production, Kaal. Her next hit, Boney Kapoor's No Entry was declared the biggest grosser of 2005. She also had a hit with the action thriller Dus. She is set to star in her mother's next directorial venture with Rekha and Abhishek Bachchan and also a film in which her mother and her will be starring together in for the first time.
Although her next movie has her playing a girl who marries a guy of her parents’ choice, Esha Deol is not game for arranged marriage in real life. Contrastingly, in her next movie Just Married , Esha plays a woman who has an arranged marriage with a man ( Fardeen Khan ) of her parents’ choice. The film is a tale of newly married couple’s awkwardness in their first month after wedding.
Esha says although she does not endorse the idea of arranged marriage she relied upon the experiences of some of her close friends (who married arranged) for her role in the movie.