Tracking down Abhay Deol for a phone interview proved to be a Herculean task. Not that he was acting pricey, but because he was somewhere in the interiors of Bhopal, shooting for his forthcoming film. The phone network threw tantrums at us instead and finally when our lines connected, the actor spoke to us about his insecurities, relationships and believing in love
What excites you more — the script or the people associated with the film?
I basically look for the character. Of course, the director and co-stars add to the plus factor. But the story has to be content-driven without compromising on entertainment.
As an actor, what are you most insecure about?
I’m not insecure as an actor. I’m insecure as a person like everybody is. I want people to accept me for what I am rather than what I’m not. If that’s insecurity, then yes, I’m insecure.
Do you prefer multi-starrer or solo movies?
I don’t have a preference as such. I like a good story more than anything else. Having said that, multi-starrers are more fun to make, as there are more people on the set.
Anyone in the film industry you look up to?
None. I admire a lot though.
What is your dream role?
I always wanted to be a part of cinema. This is my dream. There is no particular role. As long as I’m working, I’m happy.
How was it playing a south Indian character for the first time in your next?
It was tough, especially the accent part. We didn’t want him to turn into a stereotyped caricature. I even took classes to get my language in order and grew a moustache. As for the attitude and the body language required, Dibakar (Banerjee) guided me.
How do you rate Dibakar as a director?
He is an alien in a human body. (laughs) Seriously, it’s a pleasure to work with him. He knows precisely what he wants on the screen.
You have been in a steady relationship for a while (with actress Preeti Desai). How do you manage to do that?
I don’t know how actors are any different. Each one of us face similar problems in life, be it in a relationship or otherwise. My profession makes me travel a lot but I appreciate the time when we are together.
Do you believe in the institution of marriage?
It’s more of a cultural thing. I don’t see myself signing on something to prove my love. Marriage is not a guarantee of loyalty anyway. I believe in love more than in marriage.