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Akshat Varma is an NRI from Los Angeles. Delhi Belly is his script, probably his story too. There're many misapprehensions about Aamir Khan's project Delhi Belly in the air. Debutant director Abhinay Deo clears the air. "Delhi Belly is in the English language, but since it's about young people in Delhi it would've have a smattering of Hindi too."
Abhinay comes to direction after 350 ads. "I've been making ads since 2006. Deo came in as a replacement to the Swedish director Robert Nylund. Or so we thought until now. Abhinay explains. "I was approached before Robert. Because of the nature of the film, Aamir Khan wanted a fresh director. He stared scouting in the advertising industry. He saw some of my work and felt I was the right person to do Delhi Belly. Unfortunately, at that point of time I was already committed to do another project with Riteish and Farhan for Excel. That project hasn't gone beyond the scripting stage. That's when Robert came into the picture."
The casting, according to Abhinay, has progressed to a point where they've more or less zeroed in on three actors for every role. "It's an ensemble cast. Every character is equally important. We had zeroed in on Ranbir Kapoor to play one of the parts. But that didn't work out. So our search started again."
"We start shooting end-August. We don't have much time to get the entire cast in place," sighs Abhinay.
Abhinay's parents are the veteran actors Ramesh and Seema Deo.