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Abhay: Bollywood is changing not Hollywood

January 23, 2009 12:42:20 PM IST
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Abhay Deol is not somebody who can stay at one place for too long. He's one of those who need to take a break every now and then.

''If I don't get that, I tend to go crazy,'' he grins, ''It's very important for me to take gaps that rejuvenate me mentally.'' Sticking to his theory, the actor's once again ready for his break. He's left for New York for a couple of months just to live in another city. And while there, he plans to explore different expressions of art.

''I might take up dance classes or acting classes or even pottery,'' says Abhay who adds that he's doing this for creative satisfaction. But the actor clarifies that he would be in and out of Mumbai as required.

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And while on that, we can't resist asking him if he would be hobnobbing with Hollywood agents as well. ''I won't go out of my way to meet them but yes, if something good comes my way, I would like to take it up,'' he replies. But before one jumps to conclusions, Abhay is quick to clarify, ''I will take up something only if it parallels the work I'm doing here, otherwise I'm not going to start my life as a struggling actor there. I have my work cut out for me here. There are a lot of people I want to work with. It's a bigger opportunity to be in Bollywood than anywhere else at the moment. Bollywood is changing, Hollywood is not.''

Abhay's movie choices have always been different, to say the least. Whether it's been MANORAMA SIX FEET UNDER, EK CHAALIS KI LAST LOCAL or the more recent OYE LUCKY, LUCKY OYE! the actor has refused to toe the line. And now with Anurag Kashyap's DEV D, he continues with his non-conformist image.

''I play characters which are relatable, where I feel empathy for them. I believe the hero is somebody who has the world against him, he has the wit or the brains to conquer the troubles and becomes a hero and those are the kind of characters that appeal to me. So it becomes difficult for me to take on larger-than-life roles,'' he says.

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As for DEV D, Abhay says that his character is the classic portrayal of Devdas from Sarat Chandra's novel. ''I really feel that he was trying to provoke the reader, as if he was angry at the time he wrote this and wanted to have a catharsis through the writing of his book. I played upon the same emotions,'' he says. After this film, he has Dev Benegal's untitled film and two more films in his kitty besides his own debut as a producer with JUNCTION.

As for those who criticize the talented actor for not conforming to the action image of his uncle Dharmendra or cousins Sunny and Bobby Deol, Abhay has another thing coming. ''My family is very proud of me,'' he says. But he can't help adding with a laugh, ''My own father gets a tad insecure with my choice of films though. The three questions he definitely asks when I sign a film are: ‘Which is the banner, who's the heroine and how many songs are there in the film!'''

Abhay adds that in such times, his biggest supporter is Dharmendra. ''Taayaji keeps telling my father to let me do what I want. At the end of the day, the audience and critics are supporting me despite the fact that I don't have a major success to my credit. That acceptance is worth a lot more than what car I'm driving or what's my bank balance. Why does success have to be about how big the pay cheque is?''

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