20 years of Sol­dier: Bobby Deol cred­its his wife for his iconic look

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - LIFESTYLE - Rishabh Suri rishabh.suri@htlive.com

Re­leased in 1998, Sol­dier was a ca­reer-defin­ing film for ac­tor Bobby Deol. Not only did the movie star­ring Pre­ity Zinta get her many awards, it also es­tab­lished Bobby as one of the most bank­able stars in Bol­ly­wood then.

Bobby gets nos­tal­gic when you re­mind him that the Ab­bas-Mus­tan di­rec­to­rial com­pletes 20 years to­day. “You don’t re­alise how fast time flies... 20 years have passed just like that. I said yes to the script as soon as I heard it. It also started my re­la­tion­ship with Ab­bas-Mus­tan, who are among the nicest peo­ple I have worked with,” he says.

Re­call­ing mem­o­ries of shoot­ing for the film, he says, “We went to Syd­ney (Aus­tralia) to shoot, and it was great fun. I had frac­tured my hand be­fore go­ing to Syd­ney the first time. Then, I had to climb on Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge for the he­li­copter shot. Even when we shot in Bikaner for 27 days for the cli­max, we en­joyed ev­ery day.”

Bobby cred­its his iconic look in the ti­tle song — black cut-sleeve tank top and waist­coat with black shades — to his wife, Tanya.

“I never wanted to ex­pose, but while do­ing Sol­dier, they wanted me to. My wife was with me, and she con­vinced me to wear a waist­coat, which I wouldn’t have worn oth­er­wise. I re­mem­ber get­ting up early at 4:35 to work out! It’s tir­ing now, but when you are young you have so much en­ergy,” says Bobby, adding, “I keep telling Ab­bas-Mus­tan that let’s do a se­quel now that I have a body.”

The film had a lot of com­pe­ti­tion when it re­leased, but Sol­dier put up a solid fight. “I knew peo­ple would en­joy it, but I never thought that it would be­come so big. I re­mem­ber Kuch Kuch Hota Hai re­leased around the same time, and Sol­dier gave a tough fight to that one,” Bobby says.

Bobby Deol never thought that Sol­dier, which also starred Pre­ity Zinta, would be­come so big

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