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‘I’m here fishing for a good story’

DNAHM30055 | 3/30/2010 | Author : Priya Adhyaru-Majithia | WC :403

Actor Abhay Deol scouts for hidden talent among activists from rural India - in his words, the real India

Bollywood actor Abhay Deol was in Ahmedabad as an ambassador of Video Volunteers to launch India Unheard - a community news service having a network of 31 social activists-turned-journalists representing marginal sections of the society including Dalits, Adivasis, trans-sexual and other minorities.
Deol, in an exclusive interaction with DNA, explained how he came in search of a filmy tale and not just launching of a news network.  

How did such a non-glamorous agenda interest you?
Who says this is not glamorous? These 31 social activists represent the most marginalised and penalised sections of our society. They are from small jungles like Dangs, tiny villages in Varanasi, Orissa and Assam - the real India. They represent Dalits, Adivasis or other oppressed sections that have never been heard often. They can get me real story to make a film. I am here fishing for a good story for my film that is one of the most glamorous tasks attracting my interest.    

With a bent towards social causes, are you planning to direct an art movie?
Social issues interest me but I want to artistically present them through the mainstream commercial cinema. I am not inclined towards art movies. I want to focus on real-life problems, issues, subtle emotions and aesthetically handle these subjects into mainstream movies. 

Does acting with a new director each time help?
Quite right, every time I have taken up a new assignment, it has been with a different director. And, of course, working with different people does enrich your knowledge for the industry and art of filmmaking. However, I selected each film after its story appealed me, not keeping in mind who is going to direct that film. Fortunately, with each new film I got to learn lot more because every time you work under a different director your abilities as an actor enhance. 

Is your quick success in films just the luck or you have a secret formula?
There are no formulas to success. One has to go through a series of trials and errors before nearing to success, and of course one can attain success if assisted by lady luck. If I am perceived as a successful actor, it is because the viewers and makers of the films have accepted and appreciated my work. And in an attempt to return that love and acceptance I want to work with those who work at grassroots level and are the real stars.



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