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'Male skin show is in'

Abhay Deol's take on work, sex and sleaze in B'wood and more.

entertainment Updated: Sep 04, 2006 18:24 IST
Alka Rastogi
Alka Rastogi

He is the youngest Deol. Work, favouritism, sex and sleaze in Bollywood and more - Abhay Deol breaks free in a candid chat with HTTabloid.

Has your work been liked?
I think the public at large has appreciated my work as an actor. But there are some people in Bollywood who have biases.

Since you come from a filmi background, don't you think you have an advantage over other newcomers?
That may be true to some extent. But finally success depends on the public response. In my case, Bollywood initially opened its doors for me. But if you are not talented then the audience shows you the door.

Is Bollywood convinced that only sex sells?
Bollywood does not think that only sex sells. But it does think sex sells more than anything else. The thinking in Bollywood is that a film must have sizzling exposure - be it female or male - in order to succeed. Bollywood thinks that these days women want male skin show. It is in demand.

But this may not be the thinking of audience at large?
I do agree. I feel that more than the audience it is the industry that is sex oriented. Many viewers may be happy seeing a simple comedy or love story with just two or three sensuous scenes.

Do producers and directors usually insist on skin show?
At present, there is lot of pressure. This is because Bollywood feels that the Indian middle class is slowly shunning conservatism and is becoming liberal. Many Bollywood directors insist on films having hip-shaking item songs, kissing scenes and skin show.

Are you game doing a hot love making on-screen?
If the director demands that from me, why not!

Like others in your family, do you also demand macho roles?
No. My strength lies in my simplicity, casualness and vulnerability.

First Published: Sep 04, 2006 15:34 IST