Bobby Deol is making a bit of a comeback in Race 3. Here, he shares his heartfelt thoughts on everything Race 3 and much more.
Q) You’ve been a part of many Abbas-Mustan films but not with the Race
franchise. With Remo now helming the latest installment, how did the
film come about for you?
Bobby: Well I’ve been working really hard and trying to get work. I’ve been
going out to get work. I remember I met Salman, Salman said “You
know everybody goes through ups and downs. You know like I
climbed onto your brothers back to move forward”. So, I said
“Mammu let me climb onto your back” and he just laughed, and he
said, “Yes definitely I will think about something”. We tried to do
something together, but it didn’t work out. Suddenly one day Salman
called and says “Mammu shirt utharega?” and I said “Mammu mein
kuch bi kharega”, and that’s how I got to go and hear the script of
Q) You’ve recently spoken about reinventing yourself. What changes did
you make for the role in Race 3 specifically?
Bobby: More than re-inventing I did restart my life, and restarting was just
being basic. What is a basic necessity for an actor is to be fit,
healthy and look sharp and positive. I started looking after my
health, I started working out, eating right kind of food and believing
that things are going to happen. A positive attitude has really helped
me to change and look the way I do.
Q) The Race franchise was known for twist and turns, car chases and a lot
of action. We’ve a bigger cast now as well as a different theme; family.
Why do you think will this new theme and story setting appeal to
Bobby: Race 3 is 3 times better than the first 2. There’s 3 times of
everything in it. Action, family drama, songs. I’m sure people are
going to enjoy it because a lot of effort has gone in. It has everything
in it like a proper commercial film with songs and drama and action.
Q) Salman Khan praised you a few times in interviews and on social
media. How was your working relationship with him on-set?
Bobby: It was awesome. Salman is such a big superstar but, yet he is so
down to earth and so selfless. Salman is just somebody who likes to
do good for other and when we were working he made everyone so
comfortable, so it was great fun working with him.
Q) There were mixed reactions to the trailer. What feedback have you
been getting? How do you deal with negative feedback?
Bobby: Well, there’s always good and there’s always bad. Good is very less
and bad is always more but reviews always come, and everybody
has a free will to say what they feel. It doesn’t really matter because
at the end of the day the work and the product speaks for itself.
Q) How was your experience of working in such a huge ensemble cast?
Do you find performing easier when so many other actors are sharing
screen space or is it more difficult?
Bobby: There’s nothing like easy or difficult. When I’m working with others I
just look at myself as a character and I just become a part of what
I’m doing. It’s fun working with a lot of actors because everybody
has their own styles and it just motivates you to do better.
Q) The music is quite appealing. What is your take on the soundtrack?
Bobby: I think it’s a really great soundtrack. It has all kinds of styles of music
and I really enjoyed Heeriye and I really liked Selfish, so these are
two of my favourite tracks.
Q) Since every Salman Khan film has some comedy, was there a lot of
improvisation for such scenes?
Bobby: There’s improvisation in every film when we shoot, there’s always
certain elements that get added on set and definitely this is a Salman
Khan film. it has to have that kind of humour. It has all those things
which all the Salman Khan fans would love to see.
Q)Tell us a little bit more about the character you are playing and how
you prepared for the role…
Bobby: I’m a school teacher in the movie. I’m joking, I can’t reveal anything
about my character. I can only say that he is a very cool, suave and
stylish character that I play in this film. That’s all I can say.
Q) The Race franchise so far has fared well at the UK Box Office. What
are your hopes for the film here?
Bobby: Well I hope it rocks and becomes bigger than the other 2. But then I
always wish that all my films become big hits.