Wisdom Lives in Words

Memorable Quotes by Abhay Deol

I don't even know if I'd get married. Time will tell.
Abhay Deol
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If I want to do song and dance, I will and I would like to but I don't want to do it in every film. Where is the novelty then? It just takes the fun out of work for me.
Abhay Deol
I don't think that confrontation always leads to a solution.
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It would be great to read a script, which is an action script uniquely written so that it doesn't cost an arm or a leg because we are now accustomed to seeing action in the superhero form.
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I might say 'let's get married' because I am not rigid, I live moment to moment. These are my views and it is person to person, one should not get influenced with what I am saying.
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I think marriage is a cultural thing - it's my opinion that nature doesn't tell someone to get married.
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It is not a happy time when a film doesn't do well... Everything affects you, success affects you and failure also affects you.
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I can be lazy, don't get me wrong. But it's not laziness that's holding me back, it's the system where I don't fit in.
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As a kid I wanted to run away from home every time I got a scolding for being naughty but I never did. Knowing now what happens to unprotected kids on the streets I'm glad I didn't.
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Even as a kid, classmates asked pointed personal questions about my family. I have conditioned myself to handle it with maturity.
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When there is stuff being written about your family and people ask you questions which are very personal in nature, it makes you defensive and almost makes you angry.
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With my social media posts on fairness creams, I felt really strongly that I needed to speak up about it because I think we can take baby steps. Colour and caste is engrained in our culture, but I don't think it should be applauded or packaged and sold.
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I am over that phase where any kind of story would bother me, be it personal or professional. I just laugh it off and forget about it.
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I really want to do a film with my uncle and my cousins. I'm sure it will be really interesting to work with them.
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I agree that at the end of the day, it's a man's world, but when I'm doing a film, I am working with the director, not a man or a woman.
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I was termed 'choosy' because when an actor decides to go against the wind and takes on only non-formula films, he is not left with much choice.
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I want to do different roles and not get stuck in a rut and 'Shanghai' will be one film I'm absolutely looking forward to.
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If I look at Dad's earlier work - 'Bandini,' 'Satyakam,' 'Chupke Chupke,' 'Jeevan Mrityu' - and then his later work, I realize that when something works, the industry doesn't want you to do anything else. They just typecast and milk you.
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Being a Deol for me is to be honest; walking with my head held high and never having to bow in front of injustice.
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After being an actor, producing 'One By Two' was a natural progression.
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Fortunately, I got critic and audience acceptance much earlier than industry acceptance.
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The reaction to 'Dev D' success wasn't a balanced one from my end. I ran away! I should have stayed around and seen how I could balance things. But I wasn't capable of that.
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The kind of stories I like often comes from debutant directors.
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'One by Two' is a film about two people who live in the same city and do certain things that affect each other's lives. Yet, they are strangers. It's difficult to put the film in any particular genre or box.
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Acting is more creative and liberating than production.
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I have family in America and I lived with them for a while. Every few years, I feel the need to disassociate myself from what I do. It really helps the actor within me.
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I dislike labels like 'commercial' and 'non commercial.'
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Los Angeles is much like Mumbai, the film industry rules the city over most other professions, so it feels like home.
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As a teenager, I used to dress up like a hippie. My clothes weren't posh.
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We all have to find a cause we believe in and pursue it. Sometimes it may cost you your job, your personal life, your love life, etc.
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The craziest thing I've done for love? Put my life on hold.
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The thing about action films is that they are high on drama in terms of action sequences, have songs and other things, but content is secondary.
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I am trying to be true to the work that I want to do and be allowed to make the choices that I want to make.
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I realized that I need to protect my films because the director will move on, the producer will move on too, but as an actor I will be considered a flop if things will not work.
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Tamil for me is my cousin Esha. I even told her that I was preparing to play a Tamilian and asked her if she could teach me the language.
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It was really good working with Paresh Rawal. I was nervous at first because he is such a big star and I love his performances, but the initial nervousness went away once I got to know him. He is a very simple and hardworking man.
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I am a citizen of the planet and I want to do films that appeal to people, not communities.
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If I did an item song, it would be something to watch out for.
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The only sense marriage makes is to share property, your children inherit the name and all that... it is all legal reasons to get married and no reason for love.
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I'd rather point a finger at myself than others.
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I'm not cut out to play a filmi hero. I don't look like a hero.
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In real life I don't chant. Nor do I believe in idol worship.
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We are always larger than life because we come from this mentality that since we are a very poor nation, we need an escapist cinema to take us out of our miseries. And that's where Bollywood comes from.
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In Indian cinema there are no professional voice trainers.
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I am not anti-marriage.
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People don't think of genres anymore. The script is all that matters. And as long as it appeals to my sensibilities as an actor-producer, I'm on.
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I am not a politician nor an activist but in my small way try and bring change with the kind of films I do.
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We have 5000-year-old history which is now almost a part of our DNA. How do you break that? America, for example, doesn't have that history behind it. It romanticizes rebellion. We look down upon rebellion. It's an insult. To think out-of-the-box is looked down upon here.
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I believe there are two kinds of journalists. One who sells a story by being creative, and one who sells a story by being sensationalist.
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Maybe I didn't take the advantage and become a star and get all the brands so that I could solidify my space in the world.
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It's scary to work with family, alongside my brothers and uncle. I can't imagine myself screaming at them even in front of the camera.
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I did get a reputation for being choosy and not very easy to be approached, and none of that is true. It is not that I am not approachable, it is just that I am trying to find myself and establish who I am as an artist.
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I was inherently slightly more bitter or cynical and that kept me from going to the commercial formulaic crowd. Also, I went to an art college and I did my foundation in art.
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The kind of work I do and the films I believe in, I had to take charge of making that kind of cinema.
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I read about myself in the papers all the time.
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Lot of people liked me in 'Manorama Six feet Under,' 'Oye Lucky Lucky Oye,' 'Dev D' and 'Shanghai' and the only common thing in all these films is that when we were making them we never thought they would work. The ones that did not work were safe films.
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N.Y. is like second home to me. I love that city. I have lived there for a couple of years and it's always a pleasure to go back there.
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A decade down the line, I don't want to sit back and think that I didn't do anything to stop disasters like the extinction of certain species.
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I like subtlety, blending in as opposed to screaming out 'look at me' with the way I dress.
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I enjoy films like 'American Beauty' and want to do similar films that reflect our culture.
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I grew up in this industry. I've seen fame up close.
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I don't think there's anything like love at first sight. What happens is actually lust at first sight.
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If we are not affected by our environment, then we have somewhere become insensitive. It might be good in a way because you might not be affected by anything and be calm always.
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Beat up 10 guys, win the girl, and yet you are supposed to be a normal human being. I don't mind doing that as a superhero but not as a real person!
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I have always been up for risks, but only because I had full confidence and faith in the vision of my directors.
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I always try to do middle-of-the-road cinema.
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As long as it excites me, I am game for it.
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I always pick characters where it's not his muscles or dance skills that help him, because not all of us can look like that. I am more like someone who'd beat up ten guys, not with his muscles, but his strategy.
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I like films that are edgy, provocative, non-formula and original.
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When a film is good, the lines between single-screen and multiplex blur.
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I don't see myself being perceived as a Bollywood star and I wouldn't want to be that either.
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With my humor, I end up offending everybody!
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I always wanted my work to speak for itself but I realized you have to show people a little bit of yourself and interact with them, especially before your film releases.
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I feel my advantage of coming from a film family is - having seen fame up close, having seen the industry so close and how it works, I was not enamored by fame.
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The Deol family is very close knit and emotional.
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It's not that I don't want to do different films. The non-mainstream stuff that I did started to get successful... But for an industry which runs essentially on money, they do put you in a box.
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I don't think I am fearless. I am just me.
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My cousins and my uncle have been iconic heroes in the industry and I don't think I'm anywhere close to that, but I'm happy that they like my work. They are my elders and it's natural for me to look up to them.
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Larger-than-life roles have never excited me. I'd rather play someone real who goes through obstacles and becomes a hero.
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It is definitely hard when you're going against the tide. Of course, it is tough. But does that mean you can't do it? No, it depends on your strength, stamina and ability to take so much power against you.
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Half your battle is won when the writing is good, and then you as an artist bring your personality into it.
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I choose my films carefully. I have done movies that are sensitive, which deal with some issue and are a mirror of society.
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Love has no nationality for me. I have a preference for dark skin but that's just superficial.
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It harms me when people say I am 'non-mainstream' or 'non-commercial' actor. I try to fight off such labels.
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I may or may not get married but I will settle down in a live-in.
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I wasn't looking to be a star, I just happened to love acting, I was a reluctant actor.
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I'm more comfortable watching 'Dev D' with my mom than a film that makes a woman an object whose only purpose is to dance provocatively.
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I am most attracted to characters and stories that I can relate to. The traditional formula of 'larger than life' I never found attractive.
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I have cheated. But I don't regret it because we were not serious. I wouldn't have ever done it if I were serious about the girl.
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The kind of content I want to be part of is hardly made.
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There should be a tacit code or understanding among privileged people not to endorse things that give others an inferiority complex.
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I would never enter politics, but I will go out and vote.
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At my parents house, there are three dogs. I've grown up with these four-legged creatures all my life.
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I was always looking for relatability, because I am not someone cut out for larger than life roles.
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When you do films after films, you don't let life happen. At least, in my case, I end up relying too much on emotions, which aren't raw enough. Travel helps me to get a renewed approach towards things.
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If you perceive someone to be stylish then even if they are shabbily dressed you would consider that as a new style statement.
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'Basra' is high on content, but a good dose of action sequences will make it edgy and pretty dark as well.
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I grew a very early distaste for fame and glamour because I saw what the spotlight and attention can do to you as a family, so to speak.
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After 'Socha Na Tha' flopped, nobody wanted to work with me. I became very bitter and angry. So now when the industry and the audience accept me, I feel more empowered.
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I know there is a higher being and I respect that force.
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