He admits to having been closed to doing anything on TV, but never say no is the mantra for actor Abhay Deol, who carved a niche for himself with 'zara hatke' roles in films like "Dev D". He will now be seen on the small screen, which he says was completely unplanned.
"I never thought of being a part of the small screen. If I would get any offer for TV, I would say no without even thinking about it," Abhay, who will be hosting Zee TV's new show "Connected Hum Tum", told IANS.
"Connected Hum Tum" on Zee TV is about six women, who will capture every moment of their lives through cameras. Abhay will try to link their stories together. When the project came his way, he said, his manager "was like just consider it, at least take a look at it. Then I took a look at it and I got interested".
The show also made him question his close-mindedness about TV, "I asked myself 'What is it about TV that you are closed to?' The interest generated through the show made me question my close-mindedness towards TV."
Abhay, 37, was launched by his uncle Dharmendra in his home production "Socha Na Tha" opposite Ayesha Takia. Asked how it feels to be born in a star family, the actor said, "One gets bored as there is nothing black and white in life. At some places it's an advantage and at some it's a disadvantage. It depends on person to person, situation to situation and project to project."
After "Socha Na Tha" in 2005, he found his own space by doing films like "Oye Lucky!Lucky Oye!, "Dev D", "Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd." and "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara". His "Manorama Six Feet Under" won the best film award at the Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival.
The actor has just finished the shoot for his film "One By Two" in which he stars with Preeti, who was earlier seen in "Shor In The City". The film is also his debut as a producer.
He will also be seen in a special appearance in the Sonam Kapoor-Dhanush starrer "Raanjhnaa" releasing June 21.
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Abhay is a fantastic actor! I think I may watch the initial episode of this new show.
@NadzGirl - I think film actors are apprehensive about TV because everything is so repitive. There is hardly any scope in TV except a few shows and TRPs destroy everything.
We still have a long way to go to change Indian television and introduce new concepts and ideas and take risks to bring these forth.
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