Abhay Deol is an Indian film actor and producer who is known for his work in Hindi films. The Bollywood actor he was born on March 15, 1976, in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. He is the nephew of actor Dharmendra and the cousin of Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Esha Deol, and Ahana Deol.
Abhay Deol is noted for his portrayal of complex characters on screen and is vociferous in his support for parallel cinema in India. He owns a production company, Forbidden Films, which he established in 2009. In addition to his acting career, he is also an active philanthropist and supports various NGOs.
Early Life and Upbringing
Abhay Deol was born into a Punjabi Jatt family in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. His father’s name is Ajit Singh Deol, and his mother’s name is Usha Deol. He attended Jamnabai Narsee School in Mumbai and later went to The City College of New York.
Abhay Deol dropped out of Jamnabai Narsee School to pursue acting and theatre. He also took an acting and theatre course. Abhay Deol is a trained classical guitarist.
Personal Life – Age, Zodiac Sign
|Abhay Singh Deol
|Alternative Names(s) (also known as)
|Date of Birth
|15 March 1976
|Age (as of 2023)
|Municipal Industrial Estate, Off Dr. E. Moses Road, Worli, Mumbai
|Dropped out of Jamnabai Narsee School, Mumbai; Acting and theater course at The City College of New York
|Hobbies and Interests
|Interior designing, Travelling, Yoga, Martial arts
|Social Media Profiles link (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
|Wikipedia Profile link
|IMDb Profile link
Physical Appearance – Height, Weight, Body Measurements
|Body Measurements (Chest – Waist – Hips)
|Height in feet, inches, cm
|6’ 1″, 185 cm
|Weight in kg, lbs
|75 kg, 165 lbs
|Short and wavy
|Sharp features, dimpled smile
Family and Relationships – Girlfriend/Wife, Affairs
|Spouse – Wife
|Ajit Deol (Actor)
|Sunny Deol (Cousin, Actor), Bobby Deol (Cousin, Actor), Esha Deol (Cousin, Actress), Ahana Deol (Cousin)
|Affairs – Girlfriend(s)
|Preeti Desai (Model, Actress)
Rise to Stardom
Abhay Deol made his debut in the 2005 Imtiaz Ali’s Socha Na Tha, a romantic comedy where he starred opposite Ayesha Takia. His performance was well-received and earned him his first nomination for Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.
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 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.
Debut Film – Socha Na Tha
Successful Film – Bahubali 2
Career, Awards, and Achievements
Abhay Deol has won several awards for his performances in films. In 2007, he won the Best Actor Award at Indo-American Arts Council Awards for the film Manorama Six Feet Under. In 2011, he won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the Zee Cine Awards for the film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.
Abhay Deol has also been nominated for several other awards, including the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.
|Socha Na Tha (2005)
|Dev in Dev.D, Kabir in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Jassi in Happy Bhag Jayegi
|Recent Films – New Movies
|Zero (2018), Hero (2019), Velle (2021)
|Idhu Vedhalam Sollum Kadhai, Spin, Jungle Cry
|Popular Television Series
|Gumrah: End of Innocence (2014, Host), The Odds (2019)
|Awards and Achievements
|Best Actor Award at Indo-American Arts Council Awards for Manorama Six Feet Under (2007), Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor nomination for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011), Screen Award for Best Actor (Critics) nomination for Shanghai (2012)
|Coca-Cola, Nokia, Signature, Micromax, Provogue, Titan, Videocon
|Supports various NGOs such as Video Volunteers, Greenpeace, PETA, Aids Awareness Campaign
|Forbidden Films (Production company)
|Training and Education
|Acting and theater course at The City College of New York
|Box Office Success – Hit Movies
|Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Raanjhanaa, Happy Bhag Jayegi
|Critical Acclaim Movies
|Dev.D, Manorama Six Feet Under, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, Shanghai
Assets and Finances – Net Worth
|Net Worth in Rs. and Dollars
|Rs. 100 crore, $14 million
|Per Movie Charges in Rs. and Dollars
|Rs. 4-5 crore, $0.5-0.7 million
|Per Endorsement Charges in Rs. and Dollars
|Rs. 50-60 lakh, $70,000-80,000
|Forbidden Films (Production company)
|Real Estate Holdings
|A bungalow in Goa, a flat in Mumbai
|Luxury Items/Properties Owned
|A collection of paintings, a Harley Davidson bike
|Audi Q7, BMW X6, Toyota Fortuner
Favorite Things, Likes and Dislikes
|Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Aamir Khan
|Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet, Kareena Kapoor
|Bicycle Thieves, Dr. Strangelove, Brazil
|Favorite Music Bands
|Coldplay, Pink Floyd, The Beatles
|The Catcher in the Rye, The Fountainhead, The God of Small Things
|Thai cuisine, Rajma Chawal, Gulab Jamun
|Things s/he like
|Traveling, Reading, Painting
|Things s/he dislike
|Hypocrisy, Dishonesty, Injustice
Top 5 Best Films – Abhay Deol
|Year of Release
|Manorama Six Feet Under
|Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Controversies – Abhay Deol
- Criticizing his own film ‘Aisha’.
- Attending an award show with a black eye.
- Comment on co-stars for promoting fairness creams.
- Abhay considered a side actor in the film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.
- The ‘Pathaan’ controversy.
Interesting Facts – Abhay Deol
- Abhay Deol is a graduate of the University of Mumbai and The City College of New York.
- He is also a trained classical guitarist.
- He is noted for his portrayal of complex characters on screen.
- He is vociferous in his support for parallel cinema in India.
- He made his debut in Tamil language film Hero.
- He is also an active philanthropist and supports various NGOs.
This blog post is a tribute to the unconventional hero of Bollywood, Abhay Deol, who has carved a niche for himself with his choice of roles and films. His journey from theatre to films, his personal life, his rise to stardom, and his contribution to the Indian film industry are truly inspiring.
His story is a testament to the fact that with passion and perseverance, one can achieve great heights in their chosen field.