Why did Bobby Deol turn down 'Yuva'?
He is no longer the kid in his family, thanks to his son. But Bobby Deol remains as affable as ever, even when it comes to controversies.
By Subhash K. Jha, IANS
"I guess people won't accept that I'm no longer a kid. They still see me as the kid of the Deol family. But now my son has taken over all the family's affections," Bobby Deol told IANS.
In fact, it's his youthfulness that made Mani Ratnam ask Bobby to star in "Yuva". The price he quoted, however, sent the conservative Ratnam scampering to Ajay Devgan.
Bobby doesn't deny that he quoted his price. "But how was I to know it was too much for them? Money cannot be an issue with Mani. There was no discussion, no negotiation whatsoever.
"After the first meeting, I would have been happy to adjust in whatever way required. But the next thing I knew someone else had been signed.
"Yeah, I guess it's a loss and 'Yuva' would've probably worked well for my career. My last two films have flopped and before that I was missing from screen for a year. But I can't sit and cry over spilt milk. Instead, I'd want to make sure that I don't spill the milk again."
About the failure of "Kismat" and "Bardaasht", Bobby shrugs, "It's easy to find 100 excuses for why films don't work. Sometimes as an actor you feel things begin to go wrong at a certain point because everyone is not working towards the same goal. But it can't be helped.
"Let me clarify I never made those statements attributed to me against the producers of 'Kismat' about the publicity. I never speak out, no matter what the provocation. What's the point?"
Bobby is hearing out several scripts. "But nothing excites me. I need to work with directors who can take me beyond what I've already done."
Right now "Bobby" is focussed on the two films on hand, namely, Mani Shankar's "Tango Charlie" and Anil Sharma's "Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyon".
He admits that so far he has avoided multi-starrers. "Because there's too much insecurity on the sets from the other party and I can't handle it. However, Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar and I have fabulous roles in Anil Sharma's film. So much was written about Akshay playing my father.
"The fact is I play my own father in 'Ab Tumhare Hawale...' but it isn't really a double role because the small role of the father finishes before I come on to play the son."
Bobby admits Akshay is a friend and so are their wives, Tanya and Twinkle. "That makes it easier to keep up the friendship," Bobby grins.
He also says he's very proud of his father Dharmendra's foray into politics.
"My dad's love for the people of Bikaner is genuine and they know it. He hasn't gone into politics to be a leader but to be of some use to the people who have given him so much love as an actor. What's wrong with that?
"It's so sad, but, instead of being lauded for his efforts, my dad was subjected to vicious criticism. I found it very unfair."
Any plans of doing a film with father and elder brother Sunny? "Not right away. But it will happen soon."