Abhay Deol

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Abhay Deol
Abhay Deol at the Press conference of 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' in Ahmedabad (cropped).jpg
Deol at the Press conference of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara in Ahmedabad
Born Abhay Singh Deol
(1976-03-15) 15 March 1976 (age 40)[1]
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Punjabi[2]
Occupation Actor, producer, singer
Years active 2005–present
Parent(s) Ajit Singh Deol
Usha Deol
Relatives See Deol family

Abhay Deol (also known as Abhay Singh Deol, born 15 March 1976)[1] is an Indian film actor and producer of Hindi language films. Born in the Deol family an influential family of the Hindi cinema,[3] Deol made his on screen debut in 2005 with the romantic comedy Socha Na Tha. He gained praise for his performances in subsequent films including Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008) and Dev.D (2009).

Deol's performance in 2011's top-grossing film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara earned him his first nomination for Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. He has further receiving critical acclaim for his roles in films such as Chakravyuh (2012), Shanghai (2012) and Raanjhanaa (2013), and being described as an actor who continuously understands how to play complex characters.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Deol was born into a Jat Sikh family to Ajit Singh Deol and Usha Deol.[5] He is the nephew of Film Actor Dharmendra, and the cousin of Esha Deol, Ahana Deol, Bobby Deol and Sunny Deol.[6][7] 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."[7]

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.[8] 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]

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.[9] 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.[10] He did Road, Movie[11] with Tannishtha Chatterjee. Deol has also started producing films through his company Forbidden Films. For Basra, the first film under his new production company,[12] Deol learned the Israeli martial art Krav Maga.[13] Deol did a special Item number for the movie Tera Kya Hoga Johnny in 2010.[14]

Critical acclaim (2011–present)[edit]

In 2011, Deol starred in the comedy drama 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.[15] He trained to be a deep-sea diver for the film which was filmed in Spain.[16] The film opened to critical acclaim and grossed 1.53 billion (US$23 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.[17][18]



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
2016 Happy Bhag Jayegi Bilal
TBA Rock the ShaadiFilms that have not yet been released Rohan Delayed
TBA Bounty HunterFilms that have not yet been released TBA Announced
Also co-producer[19][20]


  1. ^ a b "'Dancer Deol' Abhay turns 37!". Zee News. 15 March 2013. Retrieved 2016-08-20. 
  2. ^ Baksi, Dibyojyoti (22 October 2011). "Abhay Deol goes back to his Punjabi roots". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 2016-08-20. 
  3. ^ a b Heather Wilson (22 June 2013). "Raanjhanaa Review". Cinema Chaat. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  4. ^ NDTV (25 October 2013). "Chakravyuh Review". NDTV. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Sandhu, Ajay. "Memories with Deol Family". 25 December 2010. Punjabi Portal. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "What's Common Among Sunny, Bobby & Abhay Deol". 14 July 2011. Koimoi. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Patcy N (2 March 2005). "'Sunny bhaiyya loves soft toys!'". Rediff. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "Box Office 2007". Box Office India.com. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  9. ^ Nikhat Kazmi. "'Dev D Movie Review'". Indiatimes.com. Retrieved 5 February 2009. 
  10. ^ Madhureeta Mukherjee (8 January 2010). "Ranbir is India's most desirable". Times of India. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  11. ^ "I try to fight off labels: Abhay Deol". The Hindu. PTI. 4 March 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "Abhay to launch action thriller". Mumbai Mirror. 22 December 2009. 
  13. ^ Hiren Kotwani (14 December 2009). "Abhay Deol's new moves". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  14. ^ "Abhay Deol turns item boy in 'Tera Kya Hoga Johnny'". Entertainment.in.msn.com. 14 December 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  15. ^ Press Trust of India (27 April 2010). "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara cast and crew". NDTV. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  16. ^ Sharin Wader Butani (10 April 2010). "Abhay making a splash". Times of India. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  17. ^ BOI Trade Network (3 February 2012). "Top Worldwide Grossers ALL TIME: 37 Films Hit 100 Crore". Box office India. Archived from the original on 5 February 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  18. ^ "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara reviews". Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  19. ^ "Abhay Deol to co-produce Bounty Hunter". November 24, 2013. India Today. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  20. ^ "Abhay Deol to co-produce Hollywood film 'Bounty Hunter'". November 24, 2013. Indian Express. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 

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