Bobby Deol is upbeat that Yamla Pagla Deewana’s Gajodhar bhaiyya is a hit. "That’s the side to me that only people at home had seen before. In reel life, I was only flooded with ameer (rich guy) roles. It was such a welcome change to play a commoner from Benaras after all those rich dude roles," says the actor who’s looking forward to continuing with Gajodhar’s story.
"We will come out with a sequel. In fact, we want to build Yamla Pagla Deewana into a brand. But it’ll take a while. We worked on the earlier script for two years before we started shooting," he reasons. There’s also talk of a film with Anil Sharma, featuring the three Deols —Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby.
Bobby confirms, "Anilji is like family, the first film with the three of us, Apne, was directed by him. He could be making another film with dad, bhaiya and me or it could be with one of us Deols. The script is still being developed and I can’t say anything till it is locked."
Meanwhile, Bobby’s gearing up for the release of Thank You early next month. The actor who is usually Mr Goody Two-Shoes on screen admits that it wasn’t easy playing a philandering husband because he’s a shy guy in real life. "But hey, just as you don’t have to kill to play an assassin, I don’t have to flirt to play one," he argues, adding that his wife Tanya who has designed his clothes for the film, was very entertained by the story.
"No one is perfect and you need to understand that instead of chasing an illusion that could end with you losing the most beautiful person in your life," he points out. In June, Bobby will travel to Russia and further to the Artic Circle for Abbas- Mustan’s The Italian Job remake, Players.
“Apparently, we will have 21-hour days at the time. The producer will be happy since they will have a lot of light but we actors will be unhappy because it will mean longer work days,” he chuckles, adding that he’s seen both The Italian Jobs. “The Michael Caine one was definitely better. We have officially bought the remake rights but I can promise you that ours will be a different movie.”