Abhay Deol recently returned to the silver screen with Nanu Ki Jaanu, a Horror comedy, which is getting mixed reviews. Abhay personally believes saying the story in full length movie and has distanced himself from the typical song, dance and fight films. He has always worked on his conditions. And while talking to Unsung Bollywood, he opened about his personal favourite film, reason behind keeping distance from media, and the way to Hollywood.
After Zindagi Na Milegi Dobaara, Abhay will be seen singing for his upcoming Indo-American film The Field, He is having small role in it of Rockstar and has sung one song which is in English.
Some people feel Abhay Deol is made for Hollywood and not for Bollywood. Reacting to the notion, Abhay says, “To be in Hollywood you should be white. We don’t belong there. We are Indians, I have white complexion for India but not for them. And if your not proud of being Indian then I’m sorry but I’m proud of it. if you want to be in Hollywood, you have to be there to get the work and you have to put lot more effort than here.”
He further adds, “In Bollywood, they take you in so easily and they will throw you out also like that, but in Hollywood they will not let you be in at first place, but once you are in they will see how you are working, on which networks, how your work is going on. You have to be consistent and they will not throw you out on one Friday flop. They will give you 3-4 chances and still see. Even if you have scandals outside in personal life, they don’t compare it with your professional life.”
Like other celebrities Abhay Deol is not always seen in newspapers or magazines making headlines or controversies everyday. He will be seen only when he is having some work to talk about. While sharing the reason of behaving in such way Abhay Deol blames his childhood.
“I used to run away from marketing media from early days of my life. It has an impact on career as it grows slower than it should. People do buy media to write good things about them, to create certain type of image building or brands ko lekar log stardom kharid lete hai aajkal. When I entered it was still the place where you could be mysterious and reclusive, and people used to respect it because media had not reached everywhere.
“If you are not so reachable then also you could be noticed, it was not so cluttered. Now, to create awareness, you have to go out and get noticed earlier. I used to believe let my work my speak for me. I still believe in same thing but its not same as earlier where you can hit just two platforms keep it to minimum, but now its not just 2-3 platforms but I just look at it as part of my job. I don’t like attention myself,” the reclusive star admits.
Abhay goes on to add, “This is all impact of my childhood where lot of things about my family used to be published in newspapers and magazines and when I used to go to school and people used to question me, which is why I didn’t like media. I used to give bad words because I was not aware of what it is, you know because I was only reacting to the things people used to say about your father, your uncle or your brother. Now I’m ok, I see the how media work like any other profession. There is good and the bad, you have to keep good with you and have to throw away bad. People do say Jo Dikhta hai wahi Bikta hai, but I don’t you feel same way. I’m fortunate because people have accepted me more than the industry. I can be out of sight but can’t be out of mind.”
Nowadays lot of experimental cinema is in making but still nobody has touched the scale which has set by Abhay Deol’s movie Manorama Six Feet Under around 10 years back. Sharing about his thought about it Abhay Deol said, “Yes, people are experimenting but even I believe they haven’t yet reached the level we set with Manorama ten years back. Lot of things behind it, from where should I start it? That time new multiplexes were in making so there was lot of space for exhibiting such kind of movies too. Nowadays, same goes with digital platform, so it will start again.
“What we did at that time (with Manorama) would not have happened without Navdeep Singh and Devika Bhagat. They were out of the box thinkers they have seen the world and are still rooted, which made it possible and we need directors like him. But, everybody can’t be Navdeep. We have ignored writers for a long time. We ask them for dialogues just 2 minutes before, they used to write on sets, so how can you expect originality? We come from nepotic background so no scope for experiment. We have some good writers but apne waha original script ka khichdi ban jati hai,” Abhay goes on to explain.
“Around 2005, bound script time started and when writers used to come saying I have bound script with me, I used to talk in mind, It’s your job you should be proud of well written script and not of bound script. Why America is able to give such brilliant script is because writers over there gets individual space which is great breathing for thoughts and original script,” the actor adds.
“One more big reason you can say is we come from Community based society. Where you have to behave in certain way to fit in to that and Art is provocative itself which also breaks down creativity in many ways. We also follows out parent’s careers and carry forward their legacy and think that you have to work in certain way, in set. Formula. To make films like Manorama we have to burn some bridges,” concludes the offbeat actor.