Bobby Deol talks about his new film, Ek - The Power of One, choices in his film career and controversies
Power for me is an instrument or a sort of weapon, which if used by a person in a correct fashion can really do lots of good. But at the same time if it′s wielded in a wrong manner then it might just spell trouble. More often I have seen this that people who are powerful use it a wrong manner and that′s really sad.
Are you hinting at anyone?
No, I am not hinting at anyone. Ek - The Power of One is a similar sort of film and talks about power. My character in the film is that of an assassin who gets trapped in few things and then the whole police force is behind him. Nana Patekar is leading that police force and the plot is more like a cat and mouse game between Nana and me and that′s the crux of the film.
Bobby, don′t you feel that you have been slotted because of the action star tag attached to your name?
What actually happens is that in our industry every actor gets slotted after a point of time and after that it really becomes difficult for that actor to break that mould. I am very because of the fact that cinema now is changing and my younger brother Abhay is a perfect example. Abhay has always believed in his kind of cinema and these days wherever he goes, people praise him. I am very happy about Abhay. I don′t get to do the sort of film he is known for and that′s only because people have framed a certain image about myself. People want to see me only in commercial cinema.
Does that also mean that you are scared of taking risks?
No, I was not scared of anything. When I started my career in the film industry, then such films in that era were called as art films and there were very few takers of such kinds of cinema. The percentage was very low and for the precise reason such films were not being made in huge number. But after the advent of the multiplex culture, people have now started going to theatres and they have become open minded too. Now they actually go to cinema halls to see such kind of films. Today the word called art cinema has become extinct. I am very happy about Abhay. I myself am desirous of doing such kind of films, I had even done a similar film a while back called Nanhe Jaisalmer which was not an art film but it surely an off commercial film. The producer of the film did not release that film in a proper manner. But after the DVD of the film was released and people saw the film, they liked it. I have always tried, and for the same reason I did romantic roles and those with tinge of comedy but most of them had either were bad scripts or did not run and after that I was dubbed as an action actor.
But people still remember the role you did in Dostana, especially the scene where you forced Abhishek and John to kiss each other.
Yes, even when we were doing that sequence, it looked little bit odd but it was nicely done. I had great fun doing that film. I normally do very less cameo roles but when the plot of the film was narrated to me then I realized that this character could make a difference to the whole plot of the film. I would love to do comedies and if there were important cameo roles then I would love to hear them and then later think about them. I would love to do different kind of cinema and I would love to do films like Dev D or Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye. I think they were great films. I really appreciate Abhay for working and believing in such kind of cinema and today I am so proud of him.
Dharam Ji has gone on record and said that the action scenes of Ek are better than those of Ghajini, how would you react to it?
Well, actually when a film is declared a hit then it becomes a milestone in its own way and then when other films come then they are bound to be compared with those films. One thing is for sure that this film was made before Ghajini and this does not mean that Ghajini is a bad film; it was a very good film and that′s why it created record at the box office. The action part of Ghajini was fabulous but it′s a funny thing that Ghajini was a copy of a south film and the same holds true for Ek - The Power of One also. Despite the fact that the action director of both the films is same, Ek has a very different action in it. When I saw the film, I just loved it because the action part has come out really well.
About the film it′s also being said that even the romance part is pretty good.
Well, the only thing I would say is that Ek is an action thriller film and I don′t want to promote the film in a wrong fashion. People who are fond of action will love this film because action scenes in Ek are terrific but everything is in the hands of the masses. Their verdict is very important.
You are also doing a film with your dad. Please tell us more?
Yes, the film is called Cheers and the shooting for the film will begin in the month of April and hopefully should be out by beginning of next year. It′s more of a romantic comedy and deals about issues of father son relationship. The film also has emotional moments in it but it′s more of a lighthearted comedy.
And what about your film with Kangana?
Yes, the film I am doing with Kangana is over. The film has been produced by Eros and I have no clue as to when are they planning to release it. It′s a small budget film and I want it to be released and promoted in a proper manner. It′s a film similar to the type of Nanhe Jaisalmer and also carries a message. The message is that never give up on hope, it′s a sweet film.
Whats your take on the tussle between the producers lobby and the multiplex association?
Whenever an individual fights on an issue then he or she always thinks that he is justified in his or her cause. I myself am both an actor and a producer. There are points that need to be negotiated by both the parties and I hope that both of them come to some conclusion or the other. I only want that such an outcome come which is able to make everyone happy. Audience should not feel that they have been barred from entertainment.
Did you feel any sort if insecurity while sharing screen space with Nana?
Well, I have always been of the opinion that only the correct actors should be chosen to play the characters. I really felt very happy when Nana gave his consent to do the film. I am a big fan of Nana and he is a great actor. Well all you think about, as an actor is that the actor you are working with is a good actor and then only the essence of the film comes out. It was great fun working with Nana.
Lastly how about the two controversies, which got attached to the film - the dialogue and the title part.
Well as far as the title part is concerned I have no clue. Yes, there was a controversy about the dialogue of the film and I really felt very bad about it that why did it have to happen. I have never ever done a film where I have insulted any individual about his religion or culture. When I got to know about this I was really upset. Later on everything was rectified and thankfully it did not snowball into a big controversy. I don′t believe in this, that controversies are required to promote a film. The content and the matter should be promoted while controversies lead to nothing.
Thanks a lot.