Bobby Deol

- Vikram Chandiramani 

Bobby Deol has been the same whether he has played a killer in Bichoo or a loving husband betrayed by a friend and framed for a murder in Ajnabee he didn’t commit or when he is settling scores with a gangster in Kranti but nevertheless he has had takers.

There is little one can say about Bobby Deol as an actor but his looks,the tag of Deol and presence is enough for the girls to go weakkneed. His forthcoming film is Apne where he co-stars with elder brother actor Sunny Deol and father yesteryears star Dharmendra.

His debut venture, `Barsaat` may not have moved the mountains, but Bobby Deol, the youngest son of yesteryear star Dharmendra is still touted as the star of the next decade. He was a star even before his first film was released.

Though Bobby could have afforded to become anything in life, he chose acting as his profession like his father and elder brother Sunny Deol. "My interest in films was always there," he says. " It excited me to see the admiration and the adulation Dad and Sunny got. Even I wanted to grow up and act in movies. But as I grew up I realised it wasn't easy. It was more important to become a good actor and a good human being." So Bobby worked upon himself. He decided to reach the top on his own merit. "Now everyone is making me sound like some big thing, but I am not affected. I am fully aware that I have a long way to go but I am certain I will reach there. I am looking forward to that day so that I can make my dad proud."

He maintains that being the son of Dharmendra has definitely influenced his life in many ways. "I wish I was half as good-looking as my father. He is the best looking man this industry ever had. I try to model myself on him because I think he's the most wonderful father anyone could have. He has given me everything I needed while I was growing up. He has worked very hard to give us all the luxuries in the world. Sometimes I get so upset for having taken him for granted on several occasions. I get away with a lot of things but he has never said a word," he recalls.

Being a star-son has never hampered his growing-up years. They were as normal as possible. " Not every star son is spoilt, though I agree there are some. Frankly, I enjoy being a brat. I'm the youngest of the family, I have to live up to the expectations of being a brat. I've always got my way. My family has always been over-protective about me. I wasn't allowed to go anywhere alone. Not even to my aunt's house. Today, when I look back, I don't mind, because I've always got the best."

What upset him the most was when his entry into the world of films was delayed by a few years. "Though the delay affected me, it didn't really fracture me because we actually started shooting only two years ago. We shot for 27 days but things didn't work out and the director of the film opted out. Then Raj Kumar Santoshi was brought in. But I have no regrets at all." Bobby's journey towards stardom continued with films like Hum To Mohabbat Karega, Ajnabee, Humraaz, Kranti, Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Sathiyo and Tango Charlie.

His recent releases such as 'Shakalaka Boom Boom' and ''Jhoom Barabar Jhoom' haven't fared well. In 2007 he has two movie releases to look forward to, 'Nanhe Jaisalmer' and 'Apne' .