Abhay Deol

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Abhay Deol
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Born Abhay Singh Deol
(1976-03-15) 15 March 1976 (age 39)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor, producer, Singer
Years active 2005–present
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Religion Sikhism
Parent(s) Ajit Singh Deol
Usha Deol
Relatives Sunny Deol (cousin)
Bobby Deol (cousin)
Esha Deol (cousin)

Abhay Singh Deol (born 15 March 1976) is an Indian film actor and producer who is known for appearing in the Hindi language films of Bollywood. His family has a long history in the Hindi film industry; Dharmendra is his paternal uncle, and he is the cousin of Esha Deol, Bobby Deol and Sunny Deol.

Although he wanted to pursue a career in films from a young age, he decided to complete his education before doing so. He made his debut in the 2005 Imtiaz Ali film Socha Na Tha. The film opened to positive reviews and he received critical acclaim for his performance, with many critics branding him as promising. He followed it with roles in Ahista Ahista and Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd., where his performances received mostly praise. He received widespread acclaim for his performance in the 2007 thriller film Manorama Six Feet Under and as the main character Lucky in the 2008 film Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!. He then appeared in Dev.D, a revival of Devdas, and received mainly positive reviews for his performance.

His role in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara was appreciated and earned him his first nomination for Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor and he has since appeared in films such as Chakravyuh, Shanghai and Raanjhanaa, receiving critical acclaim and being described as an actor who continuously understands how to play complex characters.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Deol was born into a Jat Sikh family to Ajit Singh Deol and Usha Deol.[3] He is the son of Bollywood actor Dharmendra's brother, and the cousin of Esha Deol and Ahana Deol.[4][5] Abhay Deol stated in an interview with Rediff that he is not into acting 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]

Acting career[edit]

Debut and breakthrough (2005–07)[edit]

He made his film debut in the 2005 Imtiaz Ali film Socha Na Tha. His second film was Ahista Ahista in 2006. His first 2007 release was Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. which had a multi-star cast and emerged as a box office success.[6] His second release for the year was Ek Chalis Ki Last Local. His third film in 2007 was Manorama Six Feet Under, which won the Best Film at the Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival in New York City. He also won Best Actor award for his role for the same.

Success (2008–11)[edit]

His only 2008 release was Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! which became extremely popular.

Deol devised and enacted the title role of Devdas in the 2009 film Dev.D. Nikhat Kazmi, the critic for Times of India gave the movie a perfect 5 out 5 stars in her review.[7] Abhay Deol has been the cover of Man's World and Time Out Mumbai, with titles such as The New Face of Indian Cinema. He was placed seventh on Zoom's "50 Most Desirable Hotties" poll for 2009.[8] He did Road, Movie[9] with Tannishtha Chatterjee. Deol has also started producing films through his company Forbidden Films. For Basra, the first film under his new production company,[10] Deol learned the Israeli martial art Krav Maga.[11] Abhay did a special Item number for the movie Tera Kya Hoga Johnny in 2010.[12]

Critical acclaim (2011–present)[edit]

He also trained to be a deep-sea diver for his 2011 film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara which was filmed in Spain.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Deol lives in Mumbai, where he also grew up. He is a fan of "cinema that has the 'real' element" and lists his favourite films as Chupke Chupke, Mother India, and Dr. Strangelove. Deol is in a relationship with Preeti Desai with whom he made the movie One by Two.



Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Socha Na Tha Viren Oberoi
2006 Ahista Ahista Ankush Ramdev
2007 Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. Aspi
2007 Ek Chalis Ki Last Local Nilesh Rastogi
2007 Manorama Six Feet Under Satyaveer Singh Randhawa
2008 Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! Lovinder 'Lucky' Singh
2009 Dev.D Dev
2010 Road, Movie Vishnu
2010 Tera Kya Hoga Johnny Himself Special appearance in song 'Shaher Ki Rani'
2010 Aisha Arjun Burman
2011 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Kabir Dewan Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor
Playback singer for the song Señorita
2012 Shanghai T. A. Krishnan
2012 Chakravyuh Kabir
2013 Raanjhanaa Jasjeet Singh Shergil
2013 The Lovers Udaji Formerly titled Singularity
English film
2014 One By Two Amit Sharma Also co-producer
2015 Rock the ShaadiFilms that have not yet been released Rohan Delayed
2015 Bounty HunterFilms that have not yet been released TBA Announced
Also co-producer[14][15]
2015 Happy Bhaag JayegiFilms that have not yet been released TBA Pre-production[16]


  1. ^ NDTV (25 October 2013). "Chakravyuh Review". NDTV. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Heather Wilson (22 June 2013). "Raanjhanaa Review". Cinema Chaat. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Sandhu, Ajay. "Memories with Deol Family". 25 December 2010. Punjabi Portal. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "What's Common Among Sunny, Bobby & Abhay Deol". 14 July 2011. Koimoi. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Patcy N (2 March 2005). "'Sunny bhaiyya loves soft toys!'". Rediff. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Box Office 2007". Box Office India.com. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  7. ^ Nikhat Kazmi. "'Dev D Movie Review'". Indiatimes.com. Retrieved 5 February 2009. 
  8. ^ Madhureeta Mukherjee (8 January 2010). "Ranbir is India's most desirable". Times of India. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  9. ^ "I try to fight off labels: Abhay Deol". The Hindu. PTI. 4 March 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "Abhay to launch action thriller". Mumbai Mirror. 22 December 2009. 
  11. ^ Hiren Kotwani (14 December 2009). "Abhay Deol's new moves". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  12. ^ "Abhay Deol turns item boy in 'Tera Kya Hoga Johnny'". Entertainment.in.msn.com. 14 December 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  13. ^ Sharin Wader Butani (10 April 2010). "Abhay making a splash". Times of India. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  14. ^ "Abhay Deol to co-produce Bounty Hunter". November 24, 2013. India Today. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "Abhay Deol to co-produce Hollywood film 'Bounty Hunter'". November 24, 2013. Indian Express. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "Diana Penty, Abhay Deol to star in Anand L. Rai's Happy Bhaag Jayegi". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 

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