Riding high on the success of his hit Dev D in India, Bollywood actor Abhay Deol bagged rave reviews for his performance in the film at the recently concluded Venice Film Festival.
"Abhay's performance in Dev D created waves at the festival. It is for the first time that an Indian actor has been selected among talents from all over the world. For Abhay it was an honour," said a source.
The actor wore a number by Italian designer Salvatore Ferragamo at the screening of the film and became the centre of attraction for his role.
"He looked dashing as ever. What added to his charm and glow was his eye catching performance in the film. Dev D received a 10 minute standing ovation at the film festival. It was a sight to watch," said the source.
Abhay got invited to the Jaeger-LeCoultre party, where only the crème de la crème are invited.
"Bvglari (Italian jeweller and luxury goods retailer) presented him with their latest collection of silver ring and pendant. Abhay never expected this kind of warm welcome. It was a touching moment for him," said a friend of the star.
He was also featured in the Italian edition of the Vanity Fair magazine.
The 66th edition of the 11-day affair came to an end September 12.