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ACTOR-RESTAURATEUR Bobby Deol
ACTOR-RESTAURATEUR 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." Heinsists 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. The lesser-known side of Bobby is the restaurateur in him that started Someplace Else in Mumbai. "I'm a foodie and had to do it someday." SANGEETA DEVI K.

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