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Abhay Deol hates award functions

bollywood Updated: Jan 21, 2012 00:42 IST
Navdeep Kaur Marwah
Navdeep Kaur Marwah
Hindustan Times
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Actor Abhay Deol had no clue that the entire team of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (ZNMD), with the exception of Katrina Kaif, would boycott the recent Screen Awards. The actor, who was part of the Zoya Akhtar movie which also starred Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar and Kalki Koechlin, says it didn’t even matter to him, as he doesn’t care about awards anyway.

The film’s team did not show up at the ceremony after filmmaker and jury member Sanjay Gupta reportedly claimed that the film is a rip-off of Hollywood film Fandango, and so should not be considered for a solo award.

Deol says, “I didn’t know about the boycott. Regardless of that, I don’t attend award functions anyway as they are all sham. They are all made up and there is politics behind who gets an award. There is an urge to please all.”

Ask the 35-year-old about his recent meeting with Oprah in Mumbai, and he says, “I only got to say ‘hi’ to her as there was a big rush. It is good to have her in India. She is a great woman.”

Abhay, who was in the Capital on Thursday to support the Shiksha campaign for the cause of 100% education in India, can’t wait for his next movie, Shanghai, co-starring Kalki and Emraan Hashmi. “You will see me in the role of an IAS officer,” he reveals.

Deol, who’ll also be seen in zom-com Rock The Shaadi, rubbishes rumours that he has also signed Raj Kumar Santoshi’s upcomig film, starring Sonam Kapoor. “I haven’t signed the film yet,” he says.