Selective about the films he does,Bobby Deol earnestly believes that quality rather than quantity should be the defining characteristic of his career.
No wonder then,that during the 17 odd years in the film industry,Dharmendra’s younger son has done several taut thrillers including Gupt:The Hidden Secret,Soldier,Humraaz,some romantic flicks and tried his hand at comedy with Anees Bazmee’s Thank You.
It was,however,the laugh riot Yamla Pagla Deewana in which he played a conman from Benares that endeared him to the audience like never before,and he is happy to be back with its sequel,Yamla Pagla Deewana 2.
“I have always done few films as I don’t believe in doing films which I don’t find interesting. I would never enjoy working in them and would be most unhappy about the end result. I wanted to do YPD 2 because like dad and Sunny bhaiya I loved the script,enjoyed doing it and now I am very excited about the way it has shaped up,” he says with a twinkle in his eyes.
The fact that the original,directed by Samir Karnik,was a huge success,while the sequel has been helmed by Sangeeth Sivan who has made more Malayalam films than Hindi doesn’t seem to bother him.
“It’s not as if every sequel is made by the same director. Every director has his own way of tackling a subject. What is important is that they should understand cinema,be tech savvy,know the genre and in this case,bring out the laughter. Both bhaiya and I have worked with Sangeeth before,and we are aware of his potential. He was excited about working with us,especially with dad. The shooting wrapped up fast,we started shooting in September and now the film is up for release,” says Bobby.
Happy with Sivan’s work,Bobby has decided to revive Cheers with him,a film which had been put on the back burner for a while.
What lifts his spirits about the project though,is that once again he will be working with his dad.
“We have decided to begin work on Cheers. In fact,that’s going to be my next film after YPD 2 releases. Cheers is a light,feel good film on family and relationships. However,the main focus will be on the father-son relationship. Actually,it’s very difficult not to play father and son when dad and I work in a film together,because people don’t look at us beyond that,” he explains.
Talking about his upcoming film YPD2,Bobby says that though it is a new story,he and Dharmendra once again play conmen,while the elder son,Sunny tries to mend their ways.
“The sequel is more fun as there is a monkey which the kids will love. Also,my character is a huge Salman Khan fan,who even goes to the extent of calling himself Prem (Salman’s name in several films). To sum up,it’s a family entertainer. New characters like Anupam Kher and Johnny Bhai have been introduced,” he explains.
While it has always been fun working with his father,his most cherished moments were the innumerable birthdays they celebrated on the sets.
“Every week or so,there would be a birthday Sangeeth’s,Sunny bhaiya’s,the heroines,Neha Sharma and Kristina Akheeva,people from the local production etc. But my brother’s birthday was special because my nephew Karan wrote an emotional rap song and we all sang it. My only grouse was that we never got to eat the cakes as bhaiya would smear it on the birthday person’s face,” he chuckles.
Talking about his father’s energy and enthusiasm,Bobby says,”I am not surprised as he’s a man with a lot of strength.
In fact,had he taken care of his health and not indulged in certain things,he would have been more active,” he says mischievously.
As for his choice of cinema now,Bobby puts utmost emphasis on the script.
He is at present going through scripts of film-makers like Anil Sharma and Chandraprakash Dwivedi.
“Anil Sharma is like family who comes home and discusses scripts and I am sure we will work in the future. I have also met Doctor saab (Chandraprakash Dwivedi) to discuss some stories and we are working towards something,let’s see if it materialises.” Bobby who has always worked with older directors,is keen to work with new talent.
“I would love to work with new directors and have even met a few of them. But unfortunately,the scripts did not shape up right and things fizzled out. I think,these directors just want to do their own thing,and it becomes very difficult to work with them,” he says a tad disappointed.
So,till then,Bobby will continue to work with old timers ,unless a gen-next director manages to lure this Deol with his creativity.