Abhay Deol was always the different one in the Deol family. Since the very beginning, he has run away from mainstream, run-of-the-mill movies and chosen off-beat projects for himself. He also was a late bloomer, and took quite a while to join the film fraternity and begin working in Bollywood. Self-admittedly, he was a lot into academics and did not want to give up his studies for a career in acting. However, when he did finally do the deed, he proved himself to be one of the most talented actors in Bollywood. He has played all sorts of versatile and off-beat roles, from the memorable role in Dibakar Bannerjee’s directorial Oye Lucky Lucky Oye (2008), to the self-abusive Dev in Anurag Kashyap’s movie, Dev.D (2009).
Abhay Deol has proved himself to be not only a charming and down to earth guy, but also an effortless, natural and sophisticated actor. And Bollywood is not the only place he works at; he is also very much into theatre and supports alternative and parallel cinema. When he is not acting, he does social work and philanthropy. And little do people know, the mature actor is also a producer!
His last movie was in Aanand L Rai’s Zero (2018), and he is also making his debut in Tamil cinema with the upcoming film Idhu Vedhalam Sollum Kadhai.
Today on the occasion of his birthday, let’s remember his top 3 roles:
1. Manorama 6 Feet Under (2007)
This directorial of Navdeep Singh was based on the 1974 film, Chinatown directed by Roman Palowski. Abhay portrayed a small town detective in the locales of Rajasthan.
2. Dev.D (2009)
This absolutely memorable movie was one of the hits of Anurag Kashyap and changed Abhay’s career graph. Not just Abhay’s, but it also put music composer and director Amit Trivedi on the spotlight with his notorious and famous track “Emotional Atyachar”. Abhay potrayed a self-destructive protagonist, which many people related to.
3. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)
Abhay played the sophisticated, cool guy Kabir, who pleased the audiences with his urbane charm. It swept away the critics as well as the audiences, and ZNMD rocked the box office.
We wish you a very happy birthday, Abhay!