Abhay Deol may be part of Dharmendra’s clan (he is cousin to Sunny and Bobby) but the actor is determined to chart his own course in Bollywood.
To do this he’s chosen largely off-beat films like Ahista Ahista, 1:40 Ki Last Local and Meridian. His forthcoming Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd also falls in the same category. He is also doing Manoroma Six Feet Under.
This Deol also doesn’t have the macho image that his family members sport. He comes across as a soft-spoken person who wants to rise in the ranks, slowly but steadily. None of his two releases — Socha Na Tha and Ahista Ahista — has really worked at the box office but Abhay has no complaints.
<b1>“I am happy with the films I have and with my work. My career may not be rocking but I am giving it my best shot. It’s important to do what you believe in,” adds the actor whose Honeymoon… is slated to release coming Friday.
Directed by Reema Kagti, the film is about six couples on a honeymoon. Abhay describes it as “a light-hearted take on marriage. There’s nothing preachy about it. There is no drama or melodrama in the film.”
It has a humour angle and Abhay’s track with Minissha Lamba is completely funny. “We play a couple who have been childhood sweethearts and who get married after 16 years of being together. My track is not to be taken seriously,” says Abhay.
“I loved the script and that’s why I did the film,” says Abhay. He says he didn’t have much of a chance to interact with his co-stars, which include Shabana Azmi, Boman Irani, Ameesha Patel, Raima Sen, Sandhya Mridul and Kay Kay Menon.
Abhay is satisfied with the way his career is shaping up but is not comfortable with the hype around his personal life. He has been in the news for his rumoured relationship with Soha Ali Khan. “It is disturbing at times as I would rather expect people to talk about my films than any other subject. The focus should not shift,” he says.