With a reputation for being selective about his movies, actor-producer Abhay Deol, was last seen in rom-com One By Two, this year. The new age hero is a favourite among critics and has received appreciation for almost all his films, including off-beat experiments like Manorama Six Feet Under, Dev D and Shanghai. Incidentally, Deol, 38, got his first best supporting role nomination for his portrayal of Kabir Dewan in the movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. The Mumbaikar has also been noticed for his small screen debut last year, as the host of the reality show Connected Hum Tum, on Zee TV. This weekend, Deol will present the teen crime show, Gumrah – End of Innocence on Channel V. In its fourth season, this hour-long show with 13 episodes will premier on August 31. More from him:
What drew you to Gumrah – End of Innocence?
It is a very drama-oriented show. Based on true incidents, it deals with subjects like rape, molestation, kidnapping, theft, etc. The show will bring awareness not just for parents but the youth as well. If I as an actor can bring about a change in society through this show and if I can make an impact, why not?
What is the format of the show?
I am going to be presenting it and, in each episode, I will have a celebrity talk about their experiences, because at one point of time we have all faced difficult situations. I am going to be the link between the victims and the celebrity. Some of the stories are incredible and amazing that I wondered if these things actually happen to people.
How did you relate to the victims?
It is like the work of a journalist. One day they do lifestyle, the other day they do politics. They have to be versatile. Similarly, I try to speak to the victims. However, I wish and hope these things don’t happen to anyone else. We talk about problems that a lot of individuals face on a day-to-day basis. I am given all the facts by the producers and then I present it.
How are you selecting scripts for movies?
I try and keep a good mix of commercial and non-mainstream cinema. I have never worked with big producers. I am doing SNAFU with Sethu Sriram and it takes me back to the Manorama.... and Ek Chaalis phase. Then there are two other big films. I am reading a lot of scripts.
Earliest telly memory:
I remember watching Buniyaad and Malgudi Days
I’ve just completed watching Breaking Bad and I enjoyed Homeland
Nothing can beat Oprah Winfrey’s show