Abhay Deol is an actor with a difference. He is seen in the industry as a rebel with a cause by being different in industry which runs on formulas. The actor believes that being rebellious and doing something unique is discouraged in India.
Abhay made his debut with Imtiaz Ali’s Socha Na Tha a decade ago and has since worked mostly in off-beat films in addition to a few commercial movies.
The 40-year-old actor says the problem in India is the country is rooted in tradition and it is hard for people to break away to do something different.
“We are shaped by our traditions. With us, it is a little more difficult because we are traditionalist. We have 5000-year-old history which is now almost a part of our DNA. How do you break that? America for example doesn’t have that history behind it. It romanticizes rebellion. We look down upon rebellion. It’s an insult. To think out-of-the-box is looked down upon here,” he said during an interview.
After his debut in 2005, the actor worked in films like Manorama Six Feet Under, “Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! and Dev D. Abhay, who was last seen on the big screen in 2014 in One By Two, is all set for his upcoming Happy Bhag Jayegi. The film is set to release on August 19.
“It is definitely hard when you’re going against the tide. Of course, it is tough. But does that mean you can’t do it? It depends on your strength, stamina and ability to take so much power against you. But it’s not just Bollywood, it is also in Hollywood. It’s the same thing everywhere. Abhay’s mainstream projects include Aisha and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and the actor says he likes being a part of commercial projects as they help him support the movies he wants to eventually invest in.
“I like doing mainstream films, because not only do they give me a wider release and audience, they also supports the offbeat films I want to make. The two go hand in hand. My effort is always that whatever mainstream films I do, they should not insult the intelligence of the audience,” he said. The, actor, however, won’t do a commercial film that tends to follow a certain check list.
“A lot of times it is just check list. Item song- check, actress -check, actor-check. It is just that. A list of things that have to be checked. That’s not the kind of formula I want.”
Happy Bhag Jayegi is directed by Mudassar Aziz and also stars Diana Penty, Jimmy Shergill and Ali Fazal. – CINEWS