Can’t relate to formula based films: Abhay Deol

Abhay Deol

Known for his endearing characters in off-beat films, actor Abhay Deol has said he cannot connect with larger-than-life Bollywood movies as they are often not rooted in reality, reported Press Trust of India (PTI).

The Dev D actor said he is organically drawn to characters because he can relate to them. “I am most attracted to characters and stories that I can relate to. The traditional formula of larger than life I never found attractive. Beat up 10 guys, win the girl, and yet you are supposed to be a normal human being. I don’t mind doing that as a superhero but not as a real person!” Abhay said.

The 40-year-old actor made his Bollywood debut in 2005 with Imtiaz Ali-directed love story Socha Na Tha. Abhay then went on to work in films like Road, Movie, Manorama Six Feet Under, Shanghai and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.

The star says even when he does commercial films, he makes sure they aren’t the ones which hurt the intelligence of the audience. “Some films you do because they are dramatic, some because they are entertaining and you love it. I don’t think I was so focused on ‘entertainment’ when I was doing ‘Dev D’. I knew the film was entertaining but most people didn’t know that… Or a ‘Shanghai’. I am not sure if it is everybody’s cup of tea. But I liked where it was taking me as an actor. Socha Na Tha, Zindagi were ‘entertaining’ with formula elements but were original.”

Abhay, who was last seen on the big screen in 2014 in One By Two, is all set for his upcoming film Happy Bhag Jayegi. The movie also stars Diana Penty, Jimmy Shergill and Ali Fazal, among others.

Abhay said the romantic-comedy surely has ‘formula’ elements but is not brainless. “Happy Bhaag Jayegi is more in the space of Socha na Tha and Zindagi It’s about entertainment but it is also not insulting your intelligence. For the film, please bring your brains with you.”

Happy Bhag Jayegi has been done by Mudassar Aziz, who last directed Sushmita Sen-starrer Dulha Mil Gaya in 2010.

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