Abhay Deol and Neha Dhupia in a still from the film Ek Chalis Ki Last Local.
Representing the Deol family it was expected that Abhay Deol would carry forward the legacy of playing the rough-and-tough hero. But he chose to be different. With a penchant for meaty roles, Abhay hopes that people like his look in the film Manorama Six Feet Under, which hit the theatres yesterday. The actor talks to HT City:
After Ahista Ahista, Ek Chaalis Ki Last Local and Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd you emerge from the lover boy image…
It’s a complete change from what I have played. This is just the kind of person I am — serious, rough and tough, like the other Deols. I am not at all a lover boy.
You have also changed your look…
That is because the script demanded it. I am a director’s actor. I sport a moustache just to fit into the character. I think the audience will like it.
Tell us about your role?
The title has evoked curiosity but once you watch the film you will find out why the title is apt. Manorama… is a tribute to cinema noir. It has been made on similar lines. It is a dark thriller and I play an amateur detective. It is a role everyone would like to play.
So it is a suspense thriller that one hasn’t seen earlier in Bollywood?
Yes. Though there have been detective films they have always had lavish sets and song and dance sequences. I wanted to work in this film because it was very real and though there are songs we haven’t lip-synced any of them.
We also see you doing action…
Certainly. You have seen me playing a lover boy and in comedy but finally, I will be doing action. I am a fan of action films but I have never tried it because in Hindi films it is always very gimmicky. It is about fancy sequences and the hero has nothing to do.
All three Deols have cut down on their work. Are you the one who has a huge responsibility?
I am trying my best but that doesn’t mean I am in competition with my brothers or my tau, Dharmendraji. I still consider myself a newcomer. They are much more commercially successful than me. I have a long way to go before such comparisons are made.
Where do we see you next?
A lot has been happening for me this year. Both my earlier releases Honeymoon Travels… and Ek Chaalis… generated good response. I will start shooting for Anurag Kashyap’s Dev D. D stands for Devdas. Though it’s on the lines of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel it’s more of a contemporary Devdas. Then there’s another action film, Junction, where I act with both ladies from Chak De! India, Vidya Malvade and Shilpa Shukla.
In both you romance two women…
I won’t divulge much about Junction. But in Dev D I will be. I will be working opposite newcomer Mahi Gill who plays Paro.