Abhay Deol on Fame and Glamour: ‘I was never in competition with typical Bollywood heroes’
Abhay Deol revealed he has never felt the urge to chase roles that would put him in the league of quintessential Bollywood heroes. He shared hateful messages about his family triggered the distaste in him
Fighting for the top spot is a common phenomenon in any film industry across the world. From Shah Rukh Khan in Bollywood to Tom Cruise in Hollywood, their competitive nature and resilience is what has made them one of the most sought-after stars in their respective fields. However, Bollywood star Abhay Deol begs to differ. In a recent interview, the star revealed he is not a fan of stardom and gaining popularity has never been his priority. Deol further revealed he has never felt the urge to chase roles that would put him in the league of quintessential Bollywood heroes.
He mentioned that he began to despise fame and glamour at the early stages of his career. "I grew a very early distaste for fame and glamour because I saw what the spotlight and attention can do to you as a family, so to speak. When there is stuff being written about your family and people ask you questions which are very personal in nature, it makes you defensive and almost makes you angry. And maybe because I was exposed to that, I did not see the positive side. I only saw the negative," Abhay added. Abhay made a name in Bollywood with films such as Dev.D, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, Manorama Six Feet Under. Hence, his career trajectory has always tilted towards alternative cinema.
Speaking about why he has never played a typical hero, he said, "I was inherently slightly more bitter or cynical and that kept me from going to the commercial formulaic crowd. Also, I went to an art college and I did my foundation in art. I remember what they said and that stayed with me – ‘If we even see a line plagiarised by you in one of our exams, you're kicked out of school, no questions asked'. However, it is only now that he sees the positive aspect. “I think that set the mind inspired the journey of 'Oh wow, that means it is totally left up to me to discover myself'. That is what is going to make you an artist, not trying to improve upon what has come but trying to add something that you can. So, that led me away from those typical roles," he concluded.