The humble boy Abhay Deol might have only worked with debutante directors so far but one will have to admit that all his films have been 'hatke'. He continues his legacy of working with first time filmmakers with all his upcoming films...
What kind of response did you get for Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd? Do you feel like a superhero?
I was quite worried about how the role would shape up. It came out alright but I didn't expect people to like it so much. I was happy that they did. I was also happy about the fact that the reviews talked about me. So yea, I do feel like a superhero.
What is Ek Chalis Ki Last Local going to be like?
In some way it is a continuation of Honeymoon Travels, in a sense that it is also a comedy. My track in HTPL was over-the-top comedy but Ek Chalis Ki Last Local is a dark comedy. It's going to be one fun ride. It's a film purely for entertainment sake and nothing else. I hope it's a ride that everybody enjoys.
And isn't the film mainly shot at night?
Yes. And I guess the best part about shooting at night was that there was no Bombay traffic to deal with. So it was easier to commute. Weird incidences didn't happen really, except the Bhayandar stone throwing incident which has been spoken of many times.
You had a kising scene with Minissha in HTPL and now you also kiss Neha Dhupia in ECKLL
It was a very technical and mechanical experience. Kissing scenes are never sensual while shooting them. You have ten people staring at you and the director is asking you to not block the light while you kiss.
Your next film Manorama Six Feet Under sounds an unusual title. What does that 'six feet under' imply?
As the title suggests, there is a character in the film called Manorama and she is Six Feet Under, which means she is dead. The film is essentially a murder mystery. It is quirky in some ways, as the title itself is somewhat on the quirky side.
Navdeep Singh is a debutante director. Tell us about his expertise.
Navdeep graduated from School and Art College from LA. He did some work in States and finally came down to India. He's been doing ads for the past four years and he has done really well in the ad world. This is going to be his first feature film.
I had met him within the first month that he had moved in to India through another person. We hit it off immediately and since that time, I've been looking forward to work with him. It was easier to work with him because our understanding of the film is similar. We share the same views and similar sense of humour. Manorama was a good script and we were expecting it to be a good film but when we saw the film, it seems to have gone way beyond anybody's expectations.