Actor Abhay Deol who turned producer with One By Two dispels reports about his financial crisis and is optimistic that the tussle over the royalty issue involving music artistes and record labels will eventually be resolved.
As he engages eagerly into a conversation, one can see that Abhay Deol has gotten over the debacle of One By Two, his maiden home production. The slice-of-life comedy in which he was paired with real life beau, Preeti Desai didn’t fare well at the box-office. Understandably, the actor, who after eight years of having been part of the film industry decided to turn producer, was disappointed. But, like he says, ‘we all move on in life, putting our failures behind us’.
“Sometimes things work and sometimes they don’t. Generally when things go well, we don’t question why. It’s only when things go wrong that we start to analyse . But I always scrutinise the reasons on both occasions; when things go well, I wonder what worked in the film’s favour and when things don’t hit the mark, I ponder as to why it happened. In the case of One By Two I don’t think I really know the answers. I can only guess. But judging by what people have told me, it’s an actor with my sensibilities trying to make a more commercial project which didn’t work for it. In the past too, I had always maintained ‘let’s go against the commercial stance’ which worked most of the time. People wanted to see me in the Manorama Six Feet Under and Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! kind of films. Something that is edgy, character-driven, you know, a film in which there’s one central character that carries the film,” dimpled Deol.
Going into flashback mode, the actor says that he was in a worse position after the edgy Manorama Six Feet Under that only got appreciation over a period of time. “Even Manorama didn’t do that well when it released, it’s over time that people started to say that it is a great film. So you never know. Even when my debut film, Socha Na Tha first released, people said, ‘what is this?’. So this kind of reaction was there even before.”
One By Two released in January this year, and the actor has bounced back and is raring to go. The debacle has not put Deol off production, but it has made him cautious to the kind of films he should produce. “I had a good time shooting it, Viacom (Viacom 18 Motion Pictures) was a very supportive studio and I worked with good people. But, now I will become a better producer than before. I have understood that as an actor I should do commercial films and as a producer, I should do the opposite, sticking to making films which are not commercial,” he said with a laugh.
Presently, he is concentrating on some acting assignments—he has signed continued…