Bobby Deol tells RANA SIDDIQUI ZAMAN about meltdown in the dream world and the joy of ‘Ek’
“Oh, hi, how’ve you been? I will take a few minutes. Can I?” As always, Bobby Deol flashes his pearly, dimpled smile and shakes hands warmly. One knows he is going out for a quick fag away from the ‘No smoking’ zone of the hotel. As promised, he comes back quickly. He looks tired. “Yeah! I had a migraine attack last night, and it has still not gone. You carry on, please!” He tries to buck up and poses happily for the lensman.
That’s the warmth Bobby has always exuded. And that’s precisely the reason you choose to ignore even his outrageous blue shirt with white collar and matching shoes. “Warmth comes from the family,” he smiles, adding, “I don’t know what a broken family is. I always think all families must be like ours.” He grins as he settles to talk about his role as a professional killer in Sangeeth Sivan’s Ek –The Power of One. And even before he gives out the details of the film, he has an eye-opener: the economic recession has had an effect on our tinsel town too. Quietly he opens up. A bit of a surprise considering Bobby is not known to be a chatterbox. Keeping his counsel, he says, is also a weapon for him.
He had realised its power when corporate houses entered the film industry and recession hit filmdom. “I had discussed it with the family. I always knew corporate houses would disburse money like anything without caring for the quality. Now, believe me all of them have run away. Except may be UTV which is almost a part of the film industry now.” And recession, he admits, has affected the film industry badly. He goes to the extent of saying, “Even our pay structures are affected. It had to happen.” He continues rather pensively, “How can one keep the tickets priced at Rs. 150 to 250 for a film? It was totally uncalled for. India is largely middle class. If they had taken care of that, it wouldn’t have affected cinema as it has today.”
And yet, quite a fat amount has been spent on action in the film. Bobby asserts the USP of the film is its action. It is done by Peter Hynes who also did action for Ghajini.
“Action in the film is very stylised. It is powerful and raw, like hitting with fists. Peter has used powder in dust sequences so much that we started calling him ‘Peter Powder’ on the sets. In one of the scenes, for instance, he drilled the ground and used an air pressure pump to create haze. He has done several experiments. His action scenes kept all of us on our toes,” laughs Bobby, then reveals, “I play Nandu. Orphaned in childhood, he grows up to be a professional killer. Nandu is ruthless. He wears an attitude and is not sombre and soft like the professional killer in Bichchu. His hair is long and straight, which imparts a cold look and his kohl-rimmed eyes have a piercing gaze. And he speaks little too,” says Bobby.
Like many of us, Bobby also thinks the film’s title, for which Ram Gopal Varma has already dragged Sivan before the Motion Pictures Association, is rather uncreative but he dismisses it as none of his business. “Producers don’t get titles any more. Whatever titles they go with are already registered. I also think a catch-line like ‘The power of one’ is not needed. But I keep quiet. I am 40 and maintain the dignity of my age. I don’t comment on anything that is pre-decided,” he says rather thoughtfully. Though Bobby has Sivan’s next film Cheers with father Dharmendra in hand, and other films (Gangs of London and Formula 44 have been put on hold), he seems dissatisfied. “Good scripts aren’t coming to me. But I am positive,” he concludes, with his trademark affectionate smile.