The popular Indian actor and producer Abhay Deol, celebrated his 44th Birthday on March 15 this year. The actor is known for his appearances in offbeat Bollywood films.

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Deol was last seen in Rohit Karn Batra’s debut directorial crime film Line of Descent alongside Ronit Roy, Brendan Fraser, Prem Chopra, Neeraj Kabi, and Ali Haji. His next appearance will be in Rathindran R. Prasad’s upcoming Tamil movie Idhu Vedhalam Sollum Kathai alongside Ashwin Kakumanu, Aishwarya Rajesh, Guru Somasundaram and Greg Burridge in lead roles.

Abhay Deol Biography

Abhay Deol was born on 15 March 1976 in a Sikh family in Mumbai, India. He belongs to the Deol family which is influential in the Bollywood industry. His father is actor and producer Ajit Singh Deol known for films like Pratiggya, Meharbaani and Putt Jattan De and mother is Usha Deol. Many of the prominent figures in the Bollywood industry are his relatives including actor Dharmendra, who is his uncle, Esha Deol, Ahana Deol, Bobby Deol and Sunny Deol are his cousins. His initial steps in acting were by playing dramas at his school. Deol is a dropout from the University of Mumbai. He graduated in acting and theatre from The City College of New York.

Abhay Deol Top Hits

Deol made his Bollywood debut in Imtiaz Ali’s 2005 romantic comedy film Socha Na Tha in which he starred alongside Ayesha Takia and Apoorva Jha. The film produced by his uncle Dharmendra Deol received positive reviews and was one of the hit films of the year. It was remade in Telugu and Odia languages.

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Deol next appeared in Shivam Nair’s 2006 romantic film Ahista Ahista alongside Soha Ali Khan and Shayan Munshi. In 2007, he appeared in the Reema Kagti’s comedy-drama Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd co-starring an ensemble cast of Amisha Patel, Kay Kay Menon, Boman Irani, Shabana Azmi, Minissha Lamba, Raima Sen, Diya Mirza and Ranvir Shorey. In 2007, Deol was also cast in Sanjay Khanduri’ crime comedy film Ek Chalis Ki Last Local opposite Neha Dhupia and Navdeep Singh’s neo-noir thriller film Manorama Six Feet Under alongside Raima Sen and Gul Panag. The film received positive responses from critics and the journalist and film critic Khalid Mohamed of Hindustan Times mentioned Deol as a matured actor with intelligence. The film was awarded the ‘Best Film’ at the Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival in New York City, and Deol won the Best Actor Award.

Deol appeared in only one film in 2008, Dibakar Banerjee’s comedy film Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, alongside Paresh Rawal, Neetu Chandra, Manu Rishi, Richa Chadda, Manjot Singh and Archana Puran Singh. The film was awarded the ‘Best Popular Film’ at the 2009 National Film Awards.

Deol’s top ten movies of all times are Imtiaz Ali’s 2005 romantic comedy film Socha Na Tha, Shivam Nair’s 2006 romantic film Ahista Ahista, Reema Kagti’s 2007 comedy-drama film Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd, Sanjay Khanduri’ 2007 crime comedy film Ek Chalis Ki Last Local, Navdeep Singh’s 2007 neo-noir thriller film Manorama Six Feet Under, Dibakar Banerjee’s 2008 comedy film Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, Anurag Kashyap‘s romantic black comedy musical film Dev.D alongside Mahie Gill and Kalki Koechlin, Zoya Akhtar‘s 2011 comedy-drama film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara starring alongside Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar and Katrina Kaif, Dibakar Banerjee’s 2012 mystery crime thriller Shanghai starring alongside Emraan Hashmi, Prasenjit Chatterjee and Kalki Koechlin and Mudassar Aziz’s 2016 comedy romance film Happy Bhaag Jayegi starring alongside Diana Penty, Jimmy Sheirgill and Ali Fazal. His other popular films are Dev Benegal’s 2009 road film Road, Movie alongside Tannishtha Chatterjee and Satish Kaushik and Aanand L. Rai’s 2013 romantic drama film Raanjhanaa alongside Dhanush and Sonam Kapoor in lead roles.

Abhay Deol Awards

Deol received the ‘Best Actor’ Award at Annual Central European Bollywood Awards and Indo-American Arts Council Awards for his appearance in Manorama Six Feet Under (2007).

He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at Filmfare Awards and IIFA Awards in 2012 for his performance in the film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) and Producers Guild Film Awards for ‘Best Actor in a Supporting Role’ in 2014 for his performance in the film Raanjhanaa (2014).

Abhay Deol Personal Life

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Deol has been in a long-time live-in relationship with Preeti Desai, a British actress, model and former Miss Great Britain, of Gujarati Indian descent. They together have appeared in several events in Bollywood.

While choosing his career he had four options in mind – acting, painting, journalism and philosophy and he chose acting as he had the experience of playing dramas in school. His favourite films are 1948 Italian film Bicycle Thieves, 1964 film Dr Strangelove, 1985 film Brazil and 1997 film Children of Heaven. His favourite actors are Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Angelina Jolie. His favourite past-times are interior designing, travelling, yoga and martial arts. His favourite travel destinations are New York, Thailand and the Mediterranean Sea. His favourite food includes Chinese cuisines, Tiramisu, Kaju Barfi, Gulab Jamun and Muffin. Deol has a production company, Forbidden Films under which he produced some experimental films in Hindi. He is also a philanthropist who actively supports various NGOs.

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