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From undead to outlaw

With his zombie comedy stalled, Abhay Deol devotes time to his role as a Naxalite in Chakravyuh.

bollywood Updated: Aug 22, 2012 17:37 IST
Dibyojyoti Baksi
Dibyojyoti Baksi
Hindustan Times
Abhay Deol

Abhay Deol has been hailed as the thinking man’s actor due to his varied choice of roles. And now, he is acting in director Prakash Jha’s next, Chakravyuh. The actor reveals that he could do the film only after wrapping up his other movie, Rock The Shaadi, which has now been delayed indefinitely due to multiple problems. “That gave me the time, as Prakash was in a hurry to shoot. There was going to be a clash of dates, but luckily, that didn’t happen,” he says.

Prakash’s socio-political drama deals with the ongoing issue of Naxalism. Abhay, who plays a police mole-turned-Naxalite in the film, was keen to be part of the cast, as the issue interests him. “The story convinced me. The subject that they are dealing with is quite relevant. The issue is getting bigger and bigger every day. I am familiar with the issue. Of course, it’s also Prakash’s film. I’ve always liked his movies and I thought of this as a good opportunity to work with him,” he says.

Meanwhile, the future of Rock The Shaadi remains uncertain. The zombie-comedy jointly produced by Balaji Films and iRock also stars Genelia D’Souza. “I have no idea what the future of the film is,” says Abhay.

Releasing on October 24, Chakravyuh also stars Arjun Rampal, Esha Gupta, Manoj Bajpayee, Kabir Bedi and Om Puri.