Interview By: DRISHTI PANDEY
Bobby Deol has been a charmer ever since his debut film ‘Barsaat’, with that long curly hair, tall, handsome man almost made go girls on their knees. Undoubtedly he had made an impact in the early 90’s. He is now all geared up after ‘Race’ franchise to carry on the ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana’ franchise. Amidst the promotions of the third installment series, ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir se’, we have Bobby in a very casual mood wearing a pair of black denim jeans and black T-shirt looking ravishing as ever, he spoke to us about the film and much more about Hindi cinema. Excerpts:
What’s the new element in ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir se’ that the audience will get attracted to?
I would say every film that’s made in the industry, be it romantic or comedy the storyline is almost same but its characterization is different, moments are different. Similarly this film is slightly different from the ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana’ that has been made. Dad is not playing my father but playing a lawyer, so, there are a lot of different things in it and of what we had done before and its entertaining.
In the film there’s a Gujarati flavor added, any particular reason?
It’s because the story is different and my character falls in love with a Gujarati girl and how all our issues get solved when we go to Gujarat. There’s humor added to it, how they have to speak in Gujarati because of their work to be done.
You are once again working with your brother and father, how was your experience and also how easy and tough is it to work with them?
Now we have done so many films together, it was tough when I worked with my father for the first time in ‘Apne’. But dad called me and said, ‘whatever you are doing, do well and give your best, don’t think much’. That was all he said and I was fine because at the end of the day, he is my father and usually when we work together, we don’t have our relatives with us so we get into our character and see it in that way only.
What do you look for in a script when you choose your films?
For now nothing interesting has come to me, I am waiting for something to come; and I am very positive that something good will come. There were offers that had come but that wasn’t something interesting, so I don’t want to do anything for now and then go back to where I began since I’ve started all over again. So, I am just hoping that my decision and choices are right this time.
Any criteria you’ve made in terms of working with good producers?
Definitely, if you want to be a part of a film, the producer needs to be strong because now-a-days there are so many films being made that we don’t get dates to release them. Hence you need a strong producer who can handle all these situations and a script makes a film happen so obviously if there’s a good producer everything will fall in place.
How aware are you about the films that have been made and how often do you go to watch films?
I go quite often, in between I had left watching films but now I do and try my best to watch all, to know what’s being made and what works, what doesn’t work, still we don’t understand why certain films work and why certain don’t (laughs), It’s really confusing. The films you like don’t work but the films you don’t like work, so you need to understand what’s happening, you have to understand what the audiences are looking for.
Are you interested in world cinema?
I don’t like dark cinema. I like to do films which a family can watch. But at times, if a concept comes which is like a world cinema type, which is intriguing, which has good characters in it, and then I would think about it. But I always want to do family film where all can sit together and watch. I think we are so influenced by the world cinema that we talk about it, I feel our Hindi cinema is so interesting, in the old days, the cinema we have seen was so much better than world cinema. We certainly have good filmmakers who make interesting films. For me, I just want to be in commercial films because I have realized it and all want me to do that. Firstly because I look glamorous, I can’t be doing poor roles, for example, my role in ‘Poster Boys’, all people appreciated me for my role and for my fluent Hindi but end of the day, the film didn’t work, so as an actor you have to first see what’s your forte and what works for you and then do a film according to that.
There are a lot of small budget films coming which are subject orientated, what’s your take on it?
I did ‘Poster Boys’ but it didn’t work, you see I tried! (Smiles) I believe in that kind of cinema; it’s just that audience have an image of you in their head so they want to see you doing that only. There are small budget films with interesting content but end of the day if you need to survive in this industry you have to do that kind of cinema which is going to help you to do more work.