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Bobby Deol’s secret phobias

As Bobby Deol's supernatural thriller Help releases this week, the actor is all geared up and excited about his upcoming films. He opens up about his fears, family and films.

bollywood Updated: Aug 12, 2010 14:33 IST
Hindustan Times

His supernatural thriller,


, is opening in theatres this Friday, August 13. And naturally, we’d like to know if Bobby Deol believes in ghosts. “Well, I haven’t met any yet,” he chuckles, “but even the thought of believeing in them creeps me out despite the fact that my parents always told us

koi bhoot woot nahin hai

(there are no ghosts).”

He recalls shooting portions of the film in an old world French colonial bungalow in Mauritius with an eerie feel to it. “I don’t get scared easily, but the notion that something out-of-the-ordinary was going to happen in this house sent shivers down my spine,” he admits. “I’d say the location worked for the film.”

This is Bobby’s first brush with on-screen terror. He says that ever since he saw films like the

Argentinian Import


36 Pasos

(2006), and Alejandro Amenabar’s 2001 Nicole Kidman starrer,

The Others

, he has wanted to experience real-life jitters too.

Older and wiser

“As a child, after seeing


(1975), I refused to get into the swimming pool for a long time because I was afraid there was a shark there waiting to attack me. But I’m older and wiser now. As an actor, I want to experiment with different genres. When Rajeev (debutant director Rajeev Virani) came to me with this story, I thought, ‘Why not?’” says Deol.

So when was the last time he screamed for help? “I guess when I was in school, in a bad dream. Or may be in my pleas to God to help me pass my exams,” he laughs.

Does he ever ask for God’s help to pass the box-office exam too? “I’m still trying to figure out what works at the box-office, it’s such a mystery. That’s why I’m sitting it out now, picking and choosing my roles carefully,” he reasons. “There’s

Yamla Pagla Deewana

with dad (Dharmendra) and


(Sunny Deol), Abbas-Mastan’s remake of the

Italian Job

and Anees Bazmee’s

Thank You


But isn’t

Thank You

a special appearance? “Says who?” he retorts. “Don’t believe everything you read. It’s a full-fledged role for which I’m presently shooting in Canada.”

Help has two little girls, identical twins, adding to the fear factor. Since Bobby has two young sons too, Aryaman and Dharam, we wonder what they are afraid of?

“Darkness. Isn’t that every child’s biggest phobia? I used to be petrified of waking up in the middle of the night and would insist on leaving the light on all night,” he says with a sheepish smile. “Since my sons make no such demand, I guess, they are not as


(fearful) as I was.”

First Published: Aug 12, 2010 13:23 IST