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Abhay Deol

(1976-03-15) 15 March 1976 (age 43) [1]
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
  • Actor
  • Producer
Years active2005–present
Parent(s)Ajit Singh Deol
Usha Deol
RelativesSee Deol family

Abhay Deol (also known as Abhay Singh Deol, born 15 March 1976) [1] is an Indian actor and producer, who works predominantly in Hindi language films. Born in the influential Deol family of the Hindi cinema, he began acting at a young age in theater productions at his school. Deol made his on-screen debut in 2005 with Imtiaz Ali's romantic comedy Socha Na Tha .

Bollywood Hindi language film industry

Hindi cinema, often known as Bollywood and formerly as Bombay cinema, is the Indian Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai. The term is a portmanteau of "Bombay" and "Hollywood". The industry is related to other regional industries, making up Indian Cinema – the world's largest by number of feature films produced.

Imtiaz Ali (director) film director

Imtiaz Ali born is an Indian film director, producer and writer. He started his career with writing and directing television shows. He directed shows like Imtehaan, Naina and Kurukshetra |Kurukshetra]]. In 2005 he made his directorial debut with Socha Na Tha, that did not do well. Then he earned critical and commercial success for his direction of Jab We Met (2007). Love Aaj Kal (2009) and Rockstar (2011) made him a noted filmmaker.

<i>Socha Na Tha</i> 2005 film by Imtiaz Ali

Socha Na Tha is an Indian Hindi language romance film, released on 4 March 2005. It was the debut of Abhay Deol and stars Ayesha Takia & Apoorva Jha. The film marks the directorial debut of Imtiaz Ali. Abhay Deol's uncle Dharmendra produced it. It was remade into Telugu as Premante Inte and Odia as Aama Bhitare Kichhi Achhi.


After the modest success of his debut, Deol garnered praise for his performances in films including Manorama Six Feet Under (2007), which won him the Best Actor Award at the Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival, and the commercially successful Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008). His breakthrough role came in 2009 with the starring role as Dev in Anurag Kashyap's critically and commercially successful Dev.D , a modern-day adaptation of the Bengali classic novel Devdas . With the success of the film, Deol gained wider recognition and further praise from film critics.

<i>Manorama Six Feet Under</i> 2007 film by Navdeep Singh

Manorama Six Feet Under is a 2007 Indian neo-noir thriller film directed and co-written by Navdeep Singh. The film features Abhay Deol, Raima Sen and Gul Panag in the lead roles. The film released on 21 September 2007. It follows an amateur detective in a small sleepy town from Rajasthan who finds himself caught in a web of lies, deceit and murder. This movie is based on Chinatown (1974) by Roman Polanski, with the basic premise being similar to the original, despite changes in the representation of characters and some key plot points. In a cinema-noir style, the makers of Manorama Six Feet Under acknowledge the inspiration from the original by playing the sequence where Jack Nicholson's character gets his nose slashed on the main character's (Satyaveer) television.

Indo-American Arts Council

The Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) is an American non-profit cultural organization that promotes Indian theatre, art, film, fashion, music, dance, and literature in the United States. The Council was established in 1998 in New York City and is headed by Aroon Shivdasani. IAAC hosts cultural and artistic events throughout the year, including the annual New York Indian Film Festival, which showcases Indian and diaspora-related films.

<i>Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!</i> 2008 film by Dibakar Banerjee

Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! is a Bollywood comedy film starring Abhay Deol, Paresh Rawal, Neetu Chandra, Manu Rishi, Richa Chadda, Manjot Singh and Archana Puran Singh. It was directed by Dibakar Banerjee. The film won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film. The film is inspired by the real life shenanigans of Devinder Singh alias Bunty, a real-life “super-chor”, originally from Vikaspuri, Delhi.

Deol mainly appeared in independent films early in his career, but that changed in 2011 when he starred in Zoya Akhtar's Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara , a road film that went to become one of the highest-grossing films in Bollywood. His performance in the film was well received, and earned him his first nomination for Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. Deol has since appeared in commercially successful films including the drama film Raanjhanaa (2013), and the romantic comedy Happy Bhag Jayegi (2016), while simultaneously working in independent films including the drama Road, Movie (2010) and the war film Chakravyuh (2012).

Zoya Akhtar Indian film director

Zoya Akhtar is an Indian film director and screenwriter. After completing a diploma in filmmaking from NYU, she assisted directors such as Mira Nair, Tony Gerber and Dev Benegal, before turning writer-director in her own right. Akhtar is the recipient of several accolades, including two Filmfare Awards.

<i>Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara</i> 2011 film by Zoya Akhtar

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is a 2011 Indian buddy road film that was directed by Zoya Akhtar and produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani of Excel Entertainment. The film features an ensemble cast consisting of Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif, and Kalki Koechlin. It was filmed in Spain, India, Egypt, and the United Kingdom on a budget of 550 million (US$8.0 million). The music and score were composed by Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy with lyrics by Javed Akhtar.

Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor Acting award for Hindi-language performance

The Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor is given by Filmfare as part of its annual Filmfare Awards for Hindi films, to recognise a male actor who has delivered an outstanding performance in a supporting role. Although the awards started in 1954, awards for the best supporting actor category started only the following year 1955. As of 2016, Pran, Amrish Puri, Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Anil Kapoor lead the list, with three wins each. Anil Kapoor currently also holds the record of being the youngest recipient of the award, whereas Rishi Kapoor holds the record for being the eldest.

Deol continuously garners attention for his portrayal of complex characters on screen, and is vociferous in his support for parallel cinema in India. He has often been labelled as a nonconformist or an unconventional actor by Indian media. Deol owns a production company, Forbidden Films which was established in 2009. In addition to his acting career, he is also an active philanthropist and supports various NGOs.

Non-governmental organization organization that is neither a part of a government nor a conventional for-profit business

Non-governmental organizations - commonly referred to as NGOs, are usually non-profit independent of governments, many are active in humanitarian etc. areas, however, NGOs can also be as lobby groups for corporations, such as the World Economic Forum. NGOs is also sometimes expanded to nongovernmental or nongovernment organizations. They are thus a subgroup of all organizations founded by citizens, which include clubs and other associations that provide services, benefits, and premises only to members. Sometimes the term is used as a synonym of "civil society organization" to refer to any association founded by citizens, but this is not how the term is normally used in the media or everyday language, as recorded by major dictionaries. The explanation of the term by NGO.org is ambivalent. It first says an NGO is any non-profit, voluntary citizens' group which is organized on a local, national or international level, but then goes on to restrict the meaning in the sense used by most English speakers and the media: Task-oriented and driven by people with a common interest, NGOs perform a variety of service and humanitarian functions, bring citizen concerns to Governments, advocate and monitor policies and encourage political participation through provision of information.

Early life

Deol was born into a Sikh family to Ajit Singh Deol and Usha Deol. [2] [3] He is the nephew of Film Actor Dharmendra, and the cousin of Esha Deol, Ahana Deol, Bobby Deol and Sunny Deol. [4] [5] Abhay Deol stated in an interview with Rediff that he is into acting not because of his father, but because he was involved in theatre since school. "At 18, I decided to take the plunge. It took me 10 years because I didn't want to leave my education to get into films." [5]

Dharmendra Indian actor and politician

Dharam Singh Deol aka Dharmendra is an Indian film actor, producer, and politician. In 1997, he received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Hindi cinema.

Esha Deol Indian actress

Esha Deol is an Indian film actress and model who predominantly appears in Hindi films. Deol made her debut in Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe (2002) and was praised for her performance which earned her numerous awards and nominations including the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.

Bobby Deol Indian Actor

Vijay Singh Deol, better known as Bobby Deol, is an Indian film actor and occasional DJ who works in Hindi films. He is the recipient of a Filmfare Award and a Filmfare Best Actor Award nomination. He is the son of Dharmendra and the brother of Sunny Deol. He is particularly noted for acting in several thriller films, often playing antiheroic characters who are forced or coerced to commit crimes to avenge the deaths of loved ones and his films commonly involve themes of jealousy, deceit and revenge and are romantic thrillers often involving him caught in love triangles.

Acting career

Debut and early success (2005–07)

Deol made his film debut in the 2005 Imtiaz Ali's Socha Na Tha , a romantic comedy where he starred opposite Ayesha Takia. [6] [7] The film garnered mostly positive reviews from critics and was an average grosser at the box-office. [8] Deol's performance in the film was well received. His second film role was 2006's Ahista Ahista . Deol's first 2007 release was the multi-starrer comedy drama Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. which emerged as a box-office success. [9] Deol had two more releases in the year, the crime film Ek Chalis Ki Last Local and the thriller Manorama Six Feet Under . The latter won the Best Film at the Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival in New York City, and Deol won the Best Actor Award.

Ayesha Takia Indian actress

Ayesha Takia is an Indian film actress who appeared in Bollywood films. She made her film debut in Taarzan: The Wonder Car for which she won the Filmfare Best Debut Award in 2004. Her notable films also include Socha Na Tha (2005), Dor (2006), for which she won the Screen Award for Best Actress (Critics), and Wanted (2009).

<i>Ahista Ahista</i> (2006 film) 2006 film by Shivam Nair

Ahista Ahista is a Hindi film starring Abhay Deol, Soha Ali Khan and Shayan Munshi. It was released in August 2006. This film marks the directorial debut of Shivam Nair with a story much closer to the Fyodor Dostoevsky's short story, White Nights, on which an earlier Raj Kapoor film Chhalia was also based. Nair and Imtiaz Ali had earlier directed a telefilm for Star Bestsellers, with the same story.

<i>Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.</i> 2007 film by Reema Kagti

Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. is a 2007 Indian comedy drama film. It is produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani under Excel Entertainment banner and marked the debut of Reema Kagti as a director. The movie has six different parts in it.

Breakthrough and rise to prominence (2008–11)

Deol's sole release of 2008 was black comedy film Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! . Directed by Dibakar Banerjee, the film had Deol portray a compulsive thief, Lovinder Singh a.k.a. Lucky, and the film's plot follows his exploits. [10] Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! was met with critical acclaim, but suffered heavily because of the timing of its release, a day after the 2008 Mumbai attacks, leading to widespread fear of crowded places. [11]

Deol's breakthrough role came in 2009 when he portrayed the titular character in Anurag Kashyap's 2009 neo-noir film Dev.D , a modern-day adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's classic Bengali romance novel Devdas . The idea behind the film was conceived by Kashyap during a conversation with Deol where the latter spoke about a man frequenting a Los Angeles strip club like a "modern day Devdas". [12] Dev D. received widespread attention for its distinct visual style, experimental soundtrack, and the innovative narrative structure which was unprecedented for any Bollywood film. [13] In a 4 out of 5 star review for Times of India , Nikhat Kazmi deemed Deol's performance in the film as a "class act". [13] Deol appeared alongside Tannishtha Chatterjee in Road, Movie [14] Deol made a cameo appearance for an Item number in the movie Tera Kya Hoga Johnny in 2010. [15] In 2009, Deol launched a production company Forbidden Films, with Junction being the film to be picked up by the banner. [16]

Deol promoting Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara at a UTV event Abhay Deol still7.jpg
Deol promoting Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara at a UTV event

In 2011, Deol starred in Zoya Akhtar's comedy drama road movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara alongside Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif and Kalki Koechlin. The story that follows three friends, who have been inseparable since childhood, had him play the role of Kabir, an architect. They set off to Spain on a bachelor trip for Kabir who is set to be married to Natasha, an interior designer played by Koechlin. [17] He trained to be a deep-sea diver for the film which was filmed in Spain. [18] The film opened to critical acclaim and grossed 1.53 billion (US$22 million) worldwide, surpassing Dhoom 2 in the worldwide gross, becoming the ninth highest worldwide grosser of all time for a Bollywood film, at the time of its release. [19] [20]

New career moves and fluctuations (2012–present)

Deol had two releases in 2012, both of which were political thrillers– Dibakar Banerjee's Shanghai and Prakash Jha's Chakravyuh . In the latter, Deol starred alongside Arjun Rampal as a police informer, but later gets involved in a Naxalite movement [21] . The film received mixed reviews from film critics. [21] Shanghai co-starring Emraan Hashmi and Kalki Koechlin was based on the French novel Z by Vassilis Vassilikos. [22] The film opened to positive reviews and Deol's performance as a bureaucrat/IAS officer garnered much acclaim. [23] Raja Sen of Rediff.com applauded Deol writing that he, " wears his inscrutability thickly and delivers a strong performance". [22] The film was a surprise hit and went on to gross over 200 million (US$2.9 million) in India. [24] [25]

In the media

Deol has been described by the Indian media as an actor who continuously understands how to play complex characters. [2] [26] He has appeared on the several magazine covers including the Man's World and the Time Out Mumbai, with titles such as "The New Face of Indian Cinema". In 2009, Deol was included in the list of Zoom's "50 Most Desirable Hotties", being placed seventh. [27] Deol learned the Israeli martial art Krav Maga. [28] He has been an outspoken feminist on social media. [29]


Dagger-14-plain.pngDenotes films that have not yet been released
2005 Socha Na Tha Viren Oberoi
2006 Ahista Ahista Ankush Ramdev
2007 Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. Aspi
Ek Chalis Ki Last Local Nilesh Rastogi
Manorama Six Feet Under Satyaveer Singh Randhawa
2008 Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! Lovinder 'Lucky' Singh
2009 Dev.D Dev
2010 Road, Movie Vishnu
Tera Kya Hoga Johnny HimselfSpecial appearance in song 'Shaher Ki Rani'
Aisha Arjun Burman
2011 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Kabir DewanPlayback singer for the song Señorita
2012 Shanghai T. A. Krishnan
Chakravyuh Kabir
2013 Raanjhanaa Jasjeet Singh Shergil
The Lovers UdajiEnglish-language film
2014 One By Two Amit SharmaAlso co-producer
2016 Happy Bhag Jayegi Bilal
2018 Nanu Ki Jaanu Nanu
Zero Aditya Kapoor
2019 Chopsticks on Netflix
Line of Descent Officer Raghav
Bounty Hunter Dagger-14-plain.pngAnnounced
Also co-producer [30] [31]
Hero AntagonistTamil Film
Idhu Vedhalam Sollum Kadhai King Vikramaditya Tamil debut

Awards and nominations

2007 Manorama Six Feet Under Annual Central European Bollywood AwardsBest ActorWon
Indo-American Arts Council Awards Best ActorWon
2010 BIG Star Entertainment Awards New Talent of the Decade (Male)Nominated
2012 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
IIFA Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
4th Mirchi Music Awards Upcoming Male Vocalist of The Year for "Senorita"Nominated [32]
2014 Raanjhanaa Producers Guild Film Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated

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