He has carved a niche for himself in Bollywood. So quite naturally, Abhay Deol is constantly asked why is he not teaming up with the other Deols – Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby. But now, the grapevine suggests that he’ll be working with his uncle and cousins in the sequel of this year’s hit, Yamla Pagla Deewana (YPD)."Why wouldn’t I work with them?" asks Abhay. "The sequel of YPD is still in the development stages, so I can’t comment on it right now. But I would love to team up with them if the right script comes along." He’s looking forward to standing in the same frame with elder brother Sunny and uncle Dharmendera, but admits that it will be nerve-wracking. "But I’m cool with Bobby, we share a great bond since we belong to the same age group," he says.
Ask Abhay if at home, his films are really considered "too intense and violent at times", as reported, and he denies it: "I don’t think so. The family has always been happy about my choice of films, be it offbeat or mainstream cinema. They have supported me from the start and have always wanted me to be successful."
As his latest movie, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (ZNMD), gears up for release this Friday, speculation is rife that Abhay is moving out of his comfort zone. He says, "In this industry, everyone has a set image and there’s the tendency to slot everything. In that respect, I am a little selective, I want to experiment with different films. So on one hand, I am doing Dibakar Banerjee’s Shanghai, and on the other, the equally appealing ZNMD."