Coming from a lineage of successful Bollywood actors, Abhay Deol has had a tough act to follow. While his uncle, the legendary Dharmendra and cousins Sunny and Bobby acted in a string of blockbuster mainstream films, the youngest Deol decided to be different. Right from his debut film Socha Na Tha in 2005, the talented actor has made a conscious decision to go against the grain and choose films that defied convention. His subsequent choices such as Ek Chalis Ki Last Local, Manorama Six Feet Under and Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! won him scores of fans and critical applause. Four years after his debut, Abhay established his acting talent with a distinct adaptation of the iconic character Devdas in Anurag Kashyap’s Dev D. In fact, it was Abhay who had suggested the idea of a neo-noir film on Devdas during a conversation with the film’s director.

With his breezy portrayal of Kabir Dewan in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Abhay proved that he could hold his own among a talented ensemble cast. The phenomenal success of the film has led to many fans demanding a sequel. According to Abhay, he and his co-actors Hrithik Roshan and Farhan Akhtar are waiting for Zoya Akhtar to come up with a sequel to this 2011 superhit. He surely has a gift for comedy and this was apparent in the 2016 romantic comedy Happy Bhaag Jayegi.

The young actor’s body of work may not be very extensive, as he is known to be very selective, but it sure is interesting. Abhay doesn’t care much for the size of his role and manages to impress in even small parts like he did in Raanjhanaa. He has reportedly refused many big, multi-starrer projects and chosen to stay without work for months. Abhay is currently finishing work on Nanu Ki Jaanu, a horror comedy that is slated to release on April 20.