Abhay Deol

Indian Film Actor

Who Am I

Abhay Deol (also known as Abhay Singh Deol, is an Indian film actor and producer of Hindi language films. Born in the influential Deol family of the Hindi cinema, he began acting at a young age in theater productions at his school. Deol made his on screen debut in 2005 with Imtiaz Ali's romantic comedy Socha Na Tha.



Deol continuously garners attention for his portrayal of complex characters on screen, and is vociferous in his support for parallel cinema in India. He has often been labelled as a nonconformist or an unconventional actor by Indian media. Deol owns a production company, Forbidden Films which was established in 2009. In addition to his acting career, Deol is also an active philanthropist and supports various NGOs.



Deol has been described by the Indian media as an actor who continuously understands how to play complex characters. He has appeared on the 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, Deol was included in the list of Zoom's "50 Most Desirable Hotties", being placed seventh. Deol learned the Israeli martial art Krav Maga.

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