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The Abhay Deol File

July 2009
The Abhay Deol File


2 Homes he owns (in New York and Juhu)

6’ His height

7 Movies he has appeared in

18 Age when he began acting

33 His current age (he was born March 15, 1976 in Mumbai)

199,000 Google hits for “Abhay Deol”


“Initially the people who said, ‘Oh he had it easy because he is from a film family so of course he will get work’ are now saying ‘Well he is from a film family but he

is doing his own thing and that's nice to see.’ So I think the name worked

in my favor over time.” (IndiaFM)

“I have not made a conscious decision to be different from others. But, I focus on good scripts and follow my heart.” (PTI)

“I prefer scripts which give me enough room to play with as an actor and add to my character. Both Oye Lucky and Dev D appealed to me in this respect.” (PTI)


He is the son of Ajit Singh Deol, a director and producer, nephew of actor Dharmendra, and cousin of actors Bobby Deol, Sunny Deol and Esha Deol.

He was active in theater while in school and, upon graduation from Mumbai University, traveled to Los Angeles to take a two-year acting course. He made his Bollywood debut in the 2005 film Socha Na Tha and received good reviews. He starred in three movies in 2007, the third of which, Manorama Six Feet Under, won him a Best Actor award at the MIAAC film festival in New York City.

He solidified his status as a gifted actor with a stellar performance in the 2008 movie Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! His latest movie, Dev.D, is a modern day version of Devdas, the idea for which he suggested to writer and director Anurag Kashyap.


In a blog post for PassionforCinema.com, Deol reveals his distaste for promoting a movie:

I find promoting extremely tiring. It basically means I have to answer the same questions (and there are usually three at the most) a 1000 times, in the span of 8 to 9 hours. It usually goes like this –

1. What is the film about?

2. How was it working with the director?

3. Are you having/had an affair with the actress?

While they have to ask the first two questions, they are most interested in the third one and the rest of the interview almost always focuses on that. With a scandalous headline to match! No wonder most people perceive actors to be sex-starved maniacs.

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