Deol at FICCI FRAMES, 2015
|Born||Abhay Singh Deol
15 March 1976 
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Parent(s)||Ajit Singh Deol
|Relatives||See Deol family|
Abhay Deol (also known as Abhay Singh Deol, born 15 March 1976) is an Indian film actor and producer of 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.
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.
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 war film Chakravyuh (2012), and the political thriller Shanghai (2012).
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 2014. In addition to his acting career, Deol is also an active philanthropist and supports various NGOs.
Deol was born into a Jat Sikh family to Ajit Singh Deol and Usha Deol. He is the nephew of Film Actor Dharmendra, and the cousin of Esha Deol, Ahana Deol, Bobby Deol and Sunny Deol. 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."
Debut and breakthrough (2005–07)
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. 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.
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. 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. He did Road, Movie with Tannishtha Chatterjee. Deol has also started producing films through his company Forbidden Films. For Basra, the first film under his new production company, Deol learned the Israeli martial art Krav Maga. Deol did a special Item number for the movie Tera Kya Hoga Johnny in 2010.
Critical acclaim (2011–present)
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. He trained to be a deep-sea diver for the film which was filmed in Spain. 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.
In the media
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|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|
|2010||Tera Kya Hoga Johnny||Himself||Special appearance in song 'Shaher Ki Rani'|
|2011||Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara||Kabir Dewan||Playback singer for the song Señorita|
|2012||Shanghai||T. A. Krishnan|
|2013||Raanjhanaa||Jasjeet Singh Shergil|
|2014||One By Two||Amit Sharma||Also co-producer|
|2016||Happy Bhag Jayegi||Bilal|
|TBA||Rock the Shaadi||Rohan||Delayed|
Awards and nominations
|2007||Manorama Six Feet Under||Annual Central European Bollywood Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|Indo-American Arts Council Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|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|
|2014||Raanjhanaa||Producers Guild Film Awards||Best Actor in a Supporting Role||Nominated|
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