Bobby Deol on Class of ‘83 response: Compliments boost your self-esteem and you feel energised

Actor Bobby Deol feels happy that apart from his fans, his brother Sunny Deol and his sister, and Class of ‘83’s producer Shah Rukh Khan, too, complimented him on his performance.
Actor Bobby Deol has made his web debut with the film Class of ‘83 on Netflix.
Actor Bobby Deol has made his web debut with the film Class of ‘83 on Netflix.
Updated on Aug 24, 2020 11:21 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByRishabh Suri, New Delhi

Portraying the role of a gritty and brooding cop in Class of ‘83 has brought Bobby Deol back into the game, and the actor admits he only wants to experiment with the kind of roles he takes up, and this one is a far cry from whatever he has done till date.

“That was the challenging part. I have played a cop earlier in my career — in Kranti and Chor Machaye Shor (both 2002), and they were larger-than-life kind of characters. This one was very real — the journey of a very honest cop (Vijay Singh), who sacrifices his family life, and the turmoil went through fighting this system. That was very exciting to play,” he says.

Given that Deol shouldered the entre project, which also marks his comeback as the lead after multi-starrers Race 3 (2018) and Housefull 4 (2019), makes it even more special.

He tells us, “It was a character-driven project, and that’s what I was looking for. It’s amazing that OTT platforms are giving actors such opportunities. For me, Race 3 boosted my career, and gave me a kick start. People noticed me, and I will always be grateful to Salman (Khan, actor) for taking me in that film. That got me Housefull 4 and took my career forward. At the end of the day, one is always looking for a role that gets you noticed as an actor. It’s been 25 years for me in the industry, in the next 25, I want to play interesting characters.” 

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Deol has been getting rave reviews for his act in the recently released Netflix film. Ask him the best compliment he has received so far, and he laughs saying each one of them means a lot.

“I cannot say just one. They are such a boost to your self-esteem , and make you feel energised. Every actor wants great compliments coming their way. I’ve been trying to do work which will get appreciated, and the most important thing which will help me move further. I put faith in all my fans... that makes producers and directors notice me. I am just very excited, people have praised my work. The love is just amazing,” the 51-year-old gushes.

However, he’s quick to add that getting a call from he film’s producer, actor Shah Rukh Khan, was an icing on the cake.

“To get a compliment from Shah Rukh telling me how much he loved my and all the boys’ work, meant so much. From someone like him, who has achieved so much in his life as an actor, it’s so nice to hear that. My brother (Sunny Deol) was so happy. Obviously, he’s family, but even then there was a glow in his eyes, seeing me as an actor. My sister couldn’t see Bobby, but only the character. That’s something you always wish as an actor,” Deol ends.

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