Director Anurag Kashyap calls him an early Johnny Depp and goes on to say, “Look at all the strange little movies that have come in the last few years. The only common link is Abhay. He’s resisted the pressure of the market and done what he wanted to do, unlike actors who do what they think they ought to do.” Anurag is talking of Abhay Deol.
With his 9 films in a span of 5 years Abhay breathed new life into the small budget, independent films that had no takers. After plying his trade in some little-seen but highly acclaimed films (Manorama Six Feet Under, Ek Chalis Ki Last Local ) it’s now time for the emerging Deol to ascend Bollywood’s pecking order at warp speed. The timing couldn’t have been better. There’s a paradigm shift occurring in Bollywood that is reshaping the modern perception of what it means to be a leading man. Chiseled chests, six pack abs and angry looks are no longer prerequisites for male actors looking to bag the top slot. It’s the year of the sensitive man and Abhay has helped make sensitive, well, chic. And yes the dimples help!