Sep 042017
 

Bobby Deol

Even though he has several commercial successes to his credit, Bollywood actor Bobby Deol acquired the image of an artist whose acting prowess couldn’t earn him sufficient screen time.

Deol, who last featured in the 2013 comedy, ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana’, alongside father Dharmendra and brother Sunny, is still trying to comprehend what went wrong in his career. “I did absolutely nothing over the last four years. I don’t know what went wrong. Either I was not appealing, or, the roles that I wanted to be part of, did not come my way. I laid low since I was losing the plot,” he tells mid-day.

After enduring what he describes as the “most frustrating and depressing phase” of his life, Deol is now focusing on his forthcoming release, Poster Boys, which also features Sunny and Shreyas Talpade. The star son calls this outing an effort to “start from scratch”. “I have come out stronger and exorcised the demons in my mind.”

That Deol 2.0 is indeed determined about this second inning is evident when he says he is looking forward to portraying “character roles” and will not restrict himself to films that feature him as the leading man. He credits Talpade, also a producer on the film, for showing belief in his work. “Shreyas helped me when I was frustrated. He believed that I could pull off the role of a small town man. Bhaiya [Sunny] and I are doing things we have never done before.”

An unkempt facial fuzz that Deol had sported over the past few years had given cinephiles reason to believe he was losing interest in his work. But, he clears the air, saying the look was for a role in a film that never took off. “The beard kept getting longer while the project stayed in the backburner. One day, I decided to go clean, knowing the film would never roll.” There was also talk of him turning DJ, but Deol terms his foray into music as a figment of someone’s imagination. “I read those reports, they were untrue.”

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