Deepak Do­briyal says that he didn’t work for a year af­ter Omkara

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With the film Omkara (2006), Deepak

Do­briyal (right) es­tab­lished him­self as an ac­tor in Bol­ly­wood. Af­ter Omkara’s suc­cess, Deepak didn’t work for a year.

“The film sent out a clear mes­sage that I could act and that was a big re­lief for me,” he says. Be­fore Omkara, Deepak says that he had been strug­gling to gain a foothold in Bol­ly­wood. “So af­ter it [Omkara] hap­pened, I just wanted to take a breather and re­lax, and I didn’t work for one com­plete year,” he adds.

He played the role of Ra­jan “Ra­jju” Ti­wari, who is madly in love with Dolly (Ka­reena Kapoor) and would do any­thing to win her af­fec­tion.

Deepak says that he owes a lot to direc­tor Vishal Bharad­waj. “The younger gen­er­a­tion knows me as Pappi bhaiya from Tanu Weds Manu (2013). But peo­ple in their thir­ties and above still know me as Ra­jju from Omkara. Many peo­ple still tell me they loved my char­ac­ter in Omkara,” he says, adding that the film will al­ways re­main special to him, and he feels lucky he was part of it.

Deepak feels that the film serves as a bench­mark in con­tent and story-telling.

“Omkara proved that you can work with stars when the story is good. You don’t have to go for a typ­i­cal masala, or an action film when you are work­ing with a star. It cre­ated aware­ness, and so many ed­u­cated peo­ple watched and loved it. The film had an im­pact on ev­ery­one’s mind. That’s why ev­ery­one still talks about it to­day,” he says.

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