(Calcutta Tube) For the first time in his 15-year-old career, Bobby Deol of the romance and action movies has attempted to do a supernatural thriller – a not-so-popular genre. But the actor is taking his chances, saying there is ‘no guarantee what will work and what won’t’.
‘It’s not only horror films that didn’t work this year. There are many others that didn’t either. There is no guarantee what will work and what won’t,’ Bobby, the younger son of Bollywood veteran Dharmendra, told IANS.
‘Every Friday when your film is about to release, you are scared, you don’t want to be around because you don’t know what’s going to happen,’ he said.
Bobby’s ghost film is titled ‘Help’ and it has been directed by debutant Rajeev Viran who narrates the story of a malevolent spirit that refuses to leave the human world. While the actor will be seen as a successful horror film director in the movie, Mugdha Godse will feature as his wife.
The film is slated to hit the screens Aug 13.
This year saw a number of horror films hitting the big screen like ‘Click’, starring Shreyas Talpade and Sneha Ullal; Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘Phoonk 2’; Aditya Narayan-starrer ‘Shaapit’; Purab Kohli and Arjan Bajwa’s ‘Hide & Seek’; and ‘Rokkk’ that had Udita Goswami and Tanushree Dutta. But they all scared the audiences away.
In real life, Bobby doesn’t believe in evil spirits. ‘As an adult I don’t believe in spirits and ghosts, but as a child such stories used to interest me and even scare me sometimes,’ said the 43-year-old.
‘When I was a little kid, my cousin used to tell me ghost stories. Even when my maids used to talk about such stuff, I used to get interested and would force them to make me a part of their conversation. Sometimes though they scared me.’
Usually seen in romantic and action movies, Bobby agreed to do ‘Help’ because he felt it was time to experiment with a different genre.
‘When I heard the subject, it sounded interesting; so I decided to give it a shot. End of the day, as an actor you want to experience different things. I have done this for the first time; now let’s see how it fares,’ he said.
So wasn’t he sceptical about working with an actress who is relatively new in the industry?
‘No, not at all. I’m not one of those people. In fact, most of my films are with heroines who are relatively new in the industry. What is important is that the person suits the character and Mugdha was perfect for this role,’ he informed.
Horror is not the only thing on Bobby’s plate at the moment. The actor, who made his debut with 1995 film ‘Barsaat’, is working on two more films – ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana’ and ‘Thank You’.
While ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana’ will see him reuniting on screen with his father Dharmendra and elder brother Sunny, in ‘Thank You’ he will be seen with Sonam Kapoor and Akshay Kumar.
(Ruchika Kher can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)