In 2009, Abhay Deol took a nine-month sabbatical after wrapping up three movies back-to-back—Dibakar Banerjee’s Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, Dev Benegal’s Road Movie and Anurag Kashyap’s Dev.D. He admitted that he wanted a break from Bollywood to rejuvenate himself, rented out an apartment in New York, enrolled for metal welding and pottery workshops and came back refreshed.
Now, he is planning another break next year after shooting four movies—Aisha (2010), Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (ZNMD), Singularity and Shanghai—at a stretch, after a two-month schedule in Rajasthan for Navdeep Singh’s Shaadi Of The Dead.
“I’m brain dead and need to recharge my batteries. I’d like to travel around a bit,” says the actor, who has earlier gone off on road trips through England, Spain and India.
Even for his recent hit, ZNMD, Abhay, along with co-stars Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif and Kalki Koechlin, drove around Spain and had a blast. “I loved the movie and the experience of making it too. I don’t know about a sequel yet, but all of us would like it to happen. And when it does, I hope they will call me.”
But will he accept? “Obviously, I’ll say ‘yes’. Zoya is an awesome person and that’s what makes her an awesome filmmaker,” he retorts. “Her poetic and philosophical attitude to life is reflected in her movies and that’s what makes them special.”
Point out that he’s also supposed to be a part of the Ek Chaalis Ki Last Local sequel as well and Abhay snaps, “I don’t even know about this project. I wish people would check with me first before putting out such stories, I’m easily accessible. I guess it makes for good publicity. It’s the prerogative of the filmmakers to take the story forward, but they will have to do it without me because at the moment I have so much work lined up that there’s no way I can take up this film.”