Excited to be part of an action thriller again: Bobby Deol
The actor talks about his upcoming film, Race 3, the rough patch he went through in his career and the need to develop a signature style for himself
Bobby Deol, who made his presence felt in Bollywood with films like Barsaat, Soldier, Ajnabee, and Humraaz, is back with Salman Khan-starrer Race 3, which hits the screens this Friday.
The actor went through a bit of a rough patch in the middle. He directed a Punjabi film, Nalaik, and also worked on the Yamla Pagla Deewana franchise, with Sunny Deol and Dharmendra, but it did not work at the box office.
"A transition started happening within the film industry around that time. When I started, producers and directors used to approach actors with their projects and we used to select scripts from the given opportunity. In the last few years, as the corporates took over, and new people came in, they used to approach directors and producers to work with them. They made themselves accessible to the filmmakers. I think I missed out on that," Bobby says, adding, "I thought people would come to me to sign, but by then, the trend had changed to actors going to makers to get signed. However, I think the best part is I am back, and Salman and I are working together."
In the multi-starrer Race 3, directed by Remo D'Souza, Bobby plays a pivotal role. He is excited to be a part of the action genre, one of his favourites. "I have done so many action films in my career, so shooting was not a big deal. But it's just that I was doing it after a long time. I remember the first day of shooting an action sequence, I was nervous because in action, physical timing has to be right and I wanted to do it correctly. Thankfully, the scene went well. I am really excited to be a part of the action thriller space after a long time."
The film also features Anil Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Saqib Saleem, Freddy Daruwala and Daisy Shah along with Salman. Bobby, son of veteran actor Dharmendra, did not feel overshadowed by such a huge star cast. He believes the contribution of every actor makes the film beautiful. "Salman is one of the most loved film stars in our country. His fans have a certain expectation. So while each character in the story has been given equal importance in writing, it also caters to Salman's fan followers," he adds.
Having grown up in a family of film stars like iconic father Dharmendra and brother Sunny Deol, Bobby says he has put some effort to make his acting style distinct. He also transformed his physique for Race 3. "As a child, I looked up to my father as a son. He was never a film star to me. I always wanted to be a good human being like him, but never intend to copy his acting style. I never wanted to lose my individuality, so yes, I tried to create my own signature style."