Esha Deol is an Indian actress who appears in Bollywood films. The name 'Esha' comes from the Upanishads and is derived from the Sanskrit language meaning "the divine beloved". She is the elder daughter of Bollywood actors Dharmendra and Hema Malini. She is also the half-sister of actors Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol. She is part Punjabi and part Tamil and speaks Tamil with her mother Hema Malini and sister Ahana Deol.
Deol's film career began with Koi Mere Dil Se Pooche for which she won three awards. She released several unsuccessful films in 2003. In 2004 she played a French teacher in Aayutha Ezhuthu. She went on to repeat the role in the Hindi remake Yuva.
Deol's portrayal of a notorious and vengeful ghost in Ram Gopal Verma's Darling (2007) was reviewed positively. She stared in her mother's directorial venture Tell Me Oh Kkhuda with Rekha and Abhishek Bachchan. She portrayed the lead role in the film opposite Rishi Kapoor.
She has the Gayatri Mantra and a symbol of the yoga asana Scorpio in a sunburst tattooed on her back. She is passionate about football and plays in the midfielder position. She was captain of her school football team, represented her college in handball at the state level and was selected for the Indian national woman's football team.