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DIFFERENT ROLES Bobby Deol
DIFFERENT ROLES Bobby Deol

Actor Bobby Deol reinvents himself

Twelve years after he entered films, Bobby Deol is re-inventing himself, subtly. If he's excited about Suneel Darshan's Shakalaka Boom Boom or Joom Barabar Joom with Shaad Ali for Yash Raj Films, he's equally elated about Sameer Karnik's Nanne Jaisalmer. "While Shakalaka Boom Boom is a musical, where my character has shades of grey, Nanne Jaisalmer is a small budget film about a child and his dreams. Here, 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 the 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 was gripping 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 that he is a restaurateur who started 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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