22 Facts About Abhay Deol


Abhay Singh Deol was born on 15 March 1976 and is an Indian actor and producer who is known for his work in Hindi films alongside Kannada and Tamil cinema.


Abhay Deol's performance was well-received and earned him his first nomination for Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.


Abhay Deol has since appeared in independent films including the drama Road, Movie and the war film Chakravyuh, while simultaneously working in commercially successful films including the romantic drama Raanjhanaa, and the romantic comedy Happy Bhag Jayegi.


Abhay Deol made his debut in Tamil language film Hero.


Abhay Deol is noted for his portrayal of complex characters on screen, and is vociferous in his support for parallel cinema in India.


Abhay Deol owns a production company, Forbidden Films which he established in 2009.


Abhay Deol is the nephew of actor Dharmendra, and the cousin of Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Esha Deol and Ahana Deol.


Abhay Deol stated in an interview with Rediff that he is into acting not because of his father, but because he was involved in theatre since school.


Abhay Deol made his film debut in the 2005 Imtiaz Ali's Socha Na Tha, a romantic comedy where he starred opposite Ayesha Takia.


Abhay Deol had two more releases in the year, the crime film Ek Chalis Ki Last Local and the thriller Manorama Six Feet Under.


The latter won the Best Film at the Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival in New York City, and Abhay Deol won the Best Actor Award.


Abhay Deol made a cameo appearance for an Item number in the movie Tera Kya Hoga Johnny in 2010.


In 2009, Abhay Deol launched a production company Forbidden Films, with Junction being the film to be picked up by the banner.


In 2011, Abhay Deol starred in Zoya Akhtar's ensemble comedy-drama road film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara alongside Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif and Kalki Koechlin.


Abhay Deol trained to be a deep-sea diver for the film which was filmed in Spain.


Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara won Best Film among other awards, and Abhay Deol received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the film.


In 2014, Abhay Deol hosted few episodes of Channel V's crime television series Gumrah: End of Innocence.


In 2021 Abhay Deol was seen in series 1962: The War in the Hills as Major Suraj Singh, a character inspired from Major Shaitan Singh, Disney Channel original film Spin, hailed as Disney's first film centered around an Indian-American family, wherein he played the role of Arvind Kumar, the father of the protagonist Rhea Kumar, a teenage girl who learns that she has a passion for creating DJ mixes and crime comedy film Velle.


Abhay Deol has been described by the Indian media as an actor who continuously understands how to play complex characters.


Abhay Deol appeared on several magazine covers including the Man's World and the Time Out Mumbai, with titles such as "The New Face of Indian Cinema".


In 2009, Abhay Deol was included in the list of Zoom's "50 Most Desirable Hotties", being placed seventh.


Abhay Deol has expressed feminist views on social media and has been vocal about minority and migrant rights in India.