Com­pli­ments boost your self-es­teem and you feel en­er­gised

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - Comment -

Por­tray­ing the role of a gritty and brood­ing cop in Class of ‘83 has brought Bobby Deol back into the game, and the ac­tor ad­mits he only wants to ex­per­i­ment with the kind of roles he takes up, and this one is a far cry from what­ever he has done till date.

“That was the chal­leng­ing part. I’ve played a cop ear­lier also — in Kranti and Chor Machaye Shor (both 2002) — and they were larger-than-life char­ac­ters. But this one was very real — the jour­ney of an hon­est cop (Vi­jay Singh), who sac­ri­fices his fam­ily life, and the tur­moil he went through fight­ing this sys­tem. That was very ex­cit­ing to play,” he says.

Given that Deol shoul­dered the en­tire pro­ject, which also marks his come­back as the lead af­ter multi-star­rers Race 3 (2018) and House­full 4 (2019), makes it even more spe­cial. He tells us, “It was a char­ac­ter­driven film, and that’s what I was look­ing for. It’s amaz­ing that OTT plat­forms are giv­ing ac­tors such op­por­tu­ni­ties. For me, Race 3 boosted my ca­reer, and peo­ple no­ticed me — I’ll al­ways be grate­ful to Sal­man (Khan, ac­tor) for tak­ing me in that film. Then House­full 4 took my ca­reer for­ward. At the end of the day, one is al­ways look­ing for a role that gets you no­ticed as an ac­tor. It’s been 25 years for me in the in­dus­try and in the next 25, I want to play in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ters.”

Deol has been get­ting rave re­views for his act in the re­cently re­leased Net­flix film. Ask him the best com­pli­ment he has re­ceived so far, and he laughs say­ing each one of them means a lot. “They’re such a boost to your self-es­teem, and make you feel en­er­gised. I’ve been try­ing to do work which will get ap­pre­ci­ated, and help me move fur­ther. I put faith in all my fans... that makes pro­duc­ers and di­rec­tors no­tice me. I’m ex­cited peo­ple have praised my work,” he gushes.

How­ever, he’s quick to add that get­ting a call from the film’s pro­ducer, ac­tor Shah Rukh Khan, was an ic­ing on the cake. “From some­one like him, who has achieved so much in life as an ac­tor, it’s so nice to hear that. My brother (Sunny Deol) was so happy. Ob­vi­ously, he’s fam­ily, but even then there was a glow in his eyes, see­ing me ex­cel as an ac­tor. My sis­ter couldn’t see Bobby, but only the char­ac­ter. That’s some­thing you al­ways wish as an ac­tor,” Deol ends.

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Ac­tor Bobby Deol has made his web de­but with Class of ‘83

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