Filmmaker Dev Benegal, who can’t stop raving about Abhay Deol now, admits that initially he had rejected him for the role in Road, Movie. Benegal says apprehensions began when he saw Abhay’s ‘posey’ pictures for the first time.
“My casting director had given me some pictures of Abhay long back. In them, he was shirtless and those were all posey glamorous pictures,” says Benegal, adding, “I hated the pictures and told the casting director that I don’t want such an hero for my film.”
That wasn’t the end of it, though. “Later I met Abhay in New York and while having a conversation, I realised how he completely fits in the character of Vishnu in Road, Movie.
He had that freshness and vulnerability that was required for Vishnu’s character. Hence, I decided to work with him. It was funny that he was the same guy I rejected earlier,” he added.
Releasing in India in March 5, Road, Movie revolves around Vishnu (Abhay Deol), a young man desperate to escape a future working as a salesman for his father’s hair oil business.