The Length Of The Role Doesn’t Matter As Long As It Has Substance To It.
He’s one actor who never fails to impress. Be it on the silver screen or off it, BOBBY DEOL has been a real gent and, how! The powerful actor, who had been selective about his work for quite sometime, is now back with a bang! Right from his smouldering hot body to dhaasu dialogues, Bobby Deol is indeed racing ahead. Read on as the dashing Bobby Deol talks to Sharbani Mukherjee about his latest film Race3, career, friendship and more…
What made you say yes to Race3? I haven’t worked so much in the last three to four years. Poster Boys came my way which was a very different kind of film. The character was that of a small town school teacher. The audiences have seen me earlier in thrillers and glamourized roles and this opportunity suddenly came my way. And I really enjoyed doing it. And then I did Yamla Pagla Deewana 3 and then I was just looking for a big break. My fans want to see me doing thriller and action and that’s what Race 3 is all about. I am really grateful to Salman for Race 3 because he wanted me to do this film and I got it because of him. Congratulations on such a hot body, we’ve heard that Salman Khan now calls you “Body Deol”. How did you acquire such a physique? I started preparing myself and taking care of my body and took a lot of care of what I ate. I was doing Poster Boys at that time and got really into fitness then. After that, I got a call from Salman and he offered me the script of Race 3. And then he put me on to his trainer, his name is Rakesh and I started training with him. And I really pushed myself. I only had a few months to prepare myself for the role. It was great fun and I have realized that I now really enjoy going to the gym. Is there any backstory behind Salman and you addressing each other as “mamu” and why do you call him “angel mamu”? I call him mamu because we go back a long time. We started our careers together, almost around the same time. We were training almost at the same time to become actors and he has always been that adventurous kind of guy. I call him an angel because he is an angel. He has gone out of the way for me. He came into my life one and a half year back and has stood by me and saw to it that I was a part of Race 3. He is really a selfless man. He does it for a lot of people around him, it is a very rare quality that people nowadays have. He is an angel not just for me but many others as well. I feel very blessed that I know him,and that he is a part of my life. The scene where the both of you walk towards the camera is amazing. How was the experience? The first thing he asked me before we started to shoot was that, ‘ Mamu, shirt utarega?” And I said, ‘ Mamu, main kuch bhi karunga’. I am really lucky and I am working really hard and I feel that when you focus, your positive energy attracts people. I just want to work, work and work. I don’t want
What Salman as a producer has tried to do is give the audience a complete entertainer.”
to think much about failure or hits, nothing is going to come in the way of my work now. I just want to work every day of my life. Was there any kind of challenge that you had to go through while preparing for the role? It is a challenge every time you do a film. The working conditions are challenging. We work in the most extreme heat and the most extreme cold. We also shot in places like Ladakh at extremely high altitudes and I can’t handle high altitudes. It was painful and it took me two days to get acclimatized. We also shot in Jaisalmer when it was almost 49 degrees. But that’s the fun of being an actor. People think that we have a very comfy life even when we are shooting. No one realizes that the whole unit goes through this process, be it the light man, the camera department and the direction department, the stars. Everybody has a tough life. It’s just that nobody sees that and I hope people realize the hardwork which goes into making movies. I know sometimes they get disappointed seeing a movie, but given a chance and if they look at it carefully, they’ll understand the hardwork.
People said that I wasn’t working because I was lazy.”
How was it sharing screen space with Anil Kapoor? Oh, he has superb energy man! I mean the amount of energy he has is tremendous. He was the youngest in our gang. I have seen him when my brother was working with him and I was still in college. And when I worked with him, I saw that he never gives up and is not tired and he is very sweet and it’s always fun working with him. He is always coming up with funny things.
How was it working with the other members of your gang? It was amazing working Saqib. I used to play cricket with him earlier and I started calling him Munna because I thought his name was Munna but then he told me that his name was not Munna but Saqib. We laughed about it and I said that ‘ Koi nahi, par tu ab Munna ban gaya hai mere liye’. I have worked with Daisy when she was a choreographer and I am really happy for her because she has come a long way. I met Jacqueline for the first time during this film and she is one person who is very focused. And, I have worked with Remo when he was a dancer and then as a choreographer and the next thing I know I am working with him in Race3 as a director. He is so down to earth and so chilled out. I mean the whole team, like Freddy and even Sharat Saxena were very sweet when I met him. And of course Ramesh Taurani. I
I have always been fond of Saqib.”
have done a few films with him before. I said, ‘ Ramesh ji, aapbhool gayetheymujhe?’ He said, ‘ Nahi, Bobby’ and I thank him for giving me Race 3.
How was it working with Remo as a director?
He is extremely chilled out and he knows what he is doing. He is very secure and sure about his work. It’s never an easy job when you make a movie with Salman Khan as a lead star and other stars like Anil Kapoor and the rest of us. It’s not easy handling the stars in such a big movie but he is awesome, he’s done great work earlier. So I am really happy to see people who’ve struggled earlier reach where they’re today.
According to you, what are the pros and cons of a multi-starrer?
The pros and cons are the same for every movie. It is just how hard you work. Pros in this film are that Salman is in the film and there are a lot of characters in this film and Race in itself is the franchise. People are really excited to see it but it’s just that people start expecting too much and people then get upset as they expect too much. What Salman as a producer has tried to do is give the audience a film which has got everything from action to music to family emotions, a complete entertainer kind of film.
How is your character Yash in the film like? How is he different from the roles you’ve portrayed before?
Race is such a film where you cannot describe the character. Because there’s action, thriller and so much to it that saying anything about the character would be revealing the story. I would say I am excited to be a part of a big film after a long time!
Salman said, ‘ Mamu, shirt utarega?’”
(laughs) I have played characters which have been very stylized, glamourized, and very suave and that’s exactly what my fans want to see. The movies that I have done before like Bicchoo or Humraaz, all these films have had very stylized characters. My fans miss that and they want to see something like that and to do a role which gives them something like that is very exciting.
Who did you bond the most with on the sets?
I bonded with everybody. We all were one big happy family. And I think we all met more often in the gym. And especially Saqib. He is a sweetheart, we used to work out together and sometimes, he even used to come to my house to workout with me and it was great fun. We had bonded during the Celebrity Cricket League and I have always been very fond of him.
What are your expectations from this film?
I’ve worked really hard and I am positive but the rest is up to the audience. I am sure they will not be disappointed.
Do you get butterflies in your stomach before film releases?
Yes, I still do. I just don’t want to be there when the film releases. I just want to go away.
What is the takeaway for you from this film?
This movie has enriched me. People said that I wasn’t working because I was lazy. But films are something I do with my heart and soul and I just love every day when I am at work.
How do you balance between your personal and professional life?
Well it is not that difficult. I have always been a family oriented person and it’s never been an issue for me.
What are your plans post Race3?
I just hope I get great characters in the future. The length of the role doesn’t matter as long as it has substance to it. I will start Housefull 4 in July and I am pretty excited to work with Akshay Kumar again. And coming together with Sajid Khan and Sajid Nadiadwala will be great fun.