Birthday: 15th March, 1976
Relationship Status: In a relationship with actress Preeti Desai
Awards: Won the Best Actor Award at the Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival in NYC for his role in Manorama Six Feet Under.
Trivia: He has been selling like hotcake every since he made his debut in Bollywood. From being on the cover of Man’s World Magazine and Time Out Mumbai Magazine, with gawping titles for instance, The New Face of Indian Cinema, this man is the hero of the intellectual, intelligent and smart Bollywood audience who understands and appreciate good, interesting and off beat cinema. According to the 2009 polls of Zoom’s “50 Most Desirable Hotties”, he proved himself to be qualitatively lust-worthy as well.
His father is Ajit Singh Deol, who used the screen name Kanwar Ajit Singh during his acting career. His father Kanwar Ajit Singh ( Ajit Singh Deol) and his first cousin Veerendra married two sister’s on the same day Ajit to Usha and Veerendra to Pammi.Usha and Pammi are sister’s.
Pet nick name at home is Dimpy due to his dimples.
Nephew of Bollywood director Guddu Dhanoa.
Cousin to actor Rammi Dhillon.
Coming into acting was one huge leap for Abhay Deol. As he has stated in his many interviews, his father was particularly apprehensive of his decision to work in cinema. He is the nephew of legendary actor, Dharamendra and first cousin of Sunny, Bobby and Esha Deol so acting was in the blood. Abhay entered Bollywood with style, starring in Imtiaz Ali’s, cute romantic comedy “Socha Na Tha” opposite Ayesha Takia. The movie was lovable and cute. In 2006, his second movie “Ahista Ahista” was released. In 2007, he was seen in a multi star cast film “HoneyMoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.” Though the movie had many important and talented veteran actors like Shabana Azmi and Boman Irani, Deol’s role managed to stand out conspicuously from the lot. His next release the same year was “Ek Chaalis Ki Last Local”. The most important release for Deol that year was “Manorama Six Feet Under” which won him rave reviews in terms of both acting and crisp execution of a brilliant script.
In 2008, Deol came up with his film “Oye Lucky Lucky Oye” which became a surprise hit of the year bagging many awards at the Filmfare Awards that year.
2009, was very important for Abhay. He was seen as the revamped, modern Devdas in Anurag Kashyap’s, Dev D. No one had ever seen a movie like Dev D in Bollywood. Call it the imaginative brilliance of Kashyap or the superb acting skills of Deol, Dev D went on to become a cult film of sorts. Audiences loved it. Critics gave it a thumbs up. It still remains to be the best work of Abhay Deol for most.
In 2010, he did Road, movie with Tannishtha Chatterjee. The same year, his film Aisha opposite Sonam Kapoor was released as well. Aisha received cold responses mostly. In 2011, he was seen in Zoya Akhtar’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. The movie was like a fresh breath of air, after regular masala Bollywood balderdash we watch every Friday. It was keen and interesting. Abhay trained himself for deep sea diving for the movie.
He is working on his home production, for his company Forbidden Films, Basra. It will the first film of this banner. Deol is trained in KravMaga, which is a renowned Israeli martial art form.
In 2012, he was seen in the socio-political drama, Shanghai which people found immensely engrossing and brilliant. In 2013 Deol was also seen in the popular love story Raanjhana. 2014 sees the release of One by Two where Deol not only stars in the movie but also produces it as well. One by Two also stars Deol’s current real-life girlfriend Preeti Desai.
Deol has, in his little span of time in Bollywood, created a niche for himself. He is the actor who is known to do good, off beat, out of the box cinema and pretty much excel at his work. His acting is new and promising. Deol has a huge fan following. Going by his cute dimpled boy Punjabi looks, women adore him.