August 4, 2010 11:45:18 AM IST Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network
Abhay Deol is happy to be associated with cinema which is different and breaks quite a few rules when it comes to Bollywood diktats. While he would be seen soon in AISHA, a Sonam Kapoor starrer which again doesn't follow the Bollywood school of entertainment, Abhay has consciously been doing films where he could afford to take risks rather than follow a conventional route.
"When I did SOCHA NA THA and AHISTA AHISTA at the beginning of my career, I did try doing something different. Yes, these were not films that fell under conventional cinema bracket but then these were not absolutely radical either. The change actually started with EK CHALIS KI LAST LOCAL and MANORAMA - SIX FEET UNDER."
A journey which started from the aforementioned films led to gems like DEV D and OYE LUCKY LUCKY OYE that turned out to be commercial as well as critical success. Was it always a part of the plan to pick up films like these?
"My plan was to begin with a film like SOCHA NA THA and then in films like EK CHALIS... or MANORAMA," reflects Abhay, "It was unfortunate that my earlier films didn't work at the box office. I wasn't perceived as a successful actor and my career didn't make people stand up and say that 'Oh God, let's check out this guy'." No wonder, the next step for Abhay was to create a niche for himself in the industry, something which is already work in progress for the young actor if cult following to his films like DEV D, OYE LUCKY LUCKY OYE OYE, MANORAMA - SIX FEET UNDER, EK CHALIS KI LAST LOCAL and of course SOCHA NA THA is any indication. Now with AISHA round the corner, we could well have yet another addition to his repertoire.