After the debacle of Aisha, Abhay Deol has turned super cautious. He insists that a movie should be talked about for its content and not for what his co-actors are wearing.
Talking about Sonam Kapoor’s home production, he recalls that too much energy was wasted in styling the wardrobe. "All that’s superficial but as an actor, I don’t have much say," he sighs.
After this learning experience, Abhay is now determined to work with only people he knows. "I won’t take chances with films like Aisha anymore," he asserts. Fortunately, there are few apprehensions about Zoya Akhtar's Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and it’s A-list cast.
During a two-month long schedule in Spain, Abhay got to know gymming fanatics, Hrithik Roshan and Farhan Akhtar better and initiated them into Asthanga yoga that he’s been practicing for some years now. "Hrithik’s very interested in fitness and Farhan would also join me in doing suryanamaskars before his workouts," he smiles.
Zoya’s movie has been wrapped up and Abhay’s home production, Basra, is reportedly shelved because of prior commitments. "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is not to blame,” he hastens to add. “And Basra will take off next year. I’m an actor first and can’t delay other productions that have already been planned. I’m committed to three films that will flag off by the year-end, a good mix of multi-starrers and solo hero projects. Once they are done, we’ll return to Basra," Abhay says.
Meanwhile, Abhay is working on the treatment for two other films, a thriller inspired by a real incident, and a period movie. Says the brain behind Anurag Kashyap’s Dev D, “Let's see who collaborates on them with me.”
Abhay’s track record
Socha Na Tha (2005): average
Ahista Ahista (2006): no-show
Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd (2007): merry-go-round at the box office
Ek Chalis Ki Last Local (2007): Good reviews, few takers
Manorama Six Feet Under (2007): long delayed, expectedly went under despite critics’ thumbs-up
Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008): bad timing (Mumbai attacks) skittled this good film
Dev.D (2009): critically acclaimed, commercially successful
Road, Movie (2010): no takers for this bioscope journey
Aisha (2010): all style, no substance