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Bobby Deol
Bobby Deol

Bobby Deol reinvents himself and wants to experiment

"It feels like I never left this place. I mean it when I say I love visiting Hyderabad and meeting my old friends." A couple of years ago, Bobby Deol was a frequent visitor to the city, shooting for his films. This summer, he's on a visit to promote his film Shakalaka Boom Boom. "It's a musical. I've already worked with Suneel Darshan for two films and share a rapport. My character has shades of grey. I play a successful composer/singer who is pushed to a corner by his contemporary. After a point, I retaliate trying to prove I'm invincible." Twelve years after he entered films, Bobby Deol is re-inventing himself, subtly. If he's excited about Shakalaka Boom Boom or Joom Barabar Joom with Shaad Ali for Yash Raj Films, he's equally elated about Sameer Karnik's Nanne Jaisalmer. "It's a small budget film about a child and his dreams. I play myself, actor Bobby Deol. The time is right for such films. Sameer and I have more such ideas."The younger Deol insists he wants his work to do the talking. "I've never felt the need to constantly be in the news," he shrugs. What Bobby will talk about, though, is the coming together of three Deols for the first time for Apne. "Sunny bhaiyya, dad and me wanted to do a film together for a long time; good things take time," he says with a grin.Among his new projects is the remake of Athadu. "I was impressed with Mahesh Babu and Trisha. The film gripped me even though I didn't understand the language. Peter Heinnes is making it in Hindi. I'll get to do some good action scenes." Bobby has always been identified as an action hero. "For a long time I didn't get other kinds of films. I love action films but there's more to me as an actor." The lesser-known side of Bobby is the restaurateur in him that stated Someplace Else in Mumbai. "I'm a foodie and had to do it someday." Being a foodie means "extra hours at the gym. It's tough but working out and yoga have helped."

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