2023 was the year that blew us away with some blockbusters. But some had a great comeback. Here we are going to talk about Bollywood actor Bobby Deol who almost disappeared from the public eye and is now back winning hearts, apart from an absolutely unexpected first appearance.
Bobby Deol gradually reclaimed his presence in the industry, making a comeback through a series of OTT projects like Aashram, Love School, and Class of ’83. However, it was his role as the mute villain Abrar in Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s blockbuster Animal that truly revitalized his career. His captivating first appearance in the film, accompanied by the viral “Jamal Jamalo ” song, marked one of the most memorable introduction scenes in recent Bollywood history.
Rising from his earlier successes in films like Barsaat (1995) and Soldier (1998); the 54-year-old actor has garnered a new and enthusiastic fan base. In a poignant moment on Karan Johar’s chat show “Koffee With Karan 8”, emotions ran deep as Bobby Deol opened up about a challenging period in his career. Reflecting on his struggles, he revealed, “There was a time when I felt defeated. I found solace in drinking, questioning why opportunities eluded me despite my abilities. Negativity consumed me, leaving no room for positivity. While I remained idle at home, my wife carried the financial burden.”
The actor added that it was a statement from his son that completely changed his perspective and made him transform himself. “Suddenly I heard my son saying, you know mom, papa sits at home and you go to work every day. Something snapped in me. I just said, no I can’t!” It was a slow process when I got out of it, it took me time to get into the right mind frame to become okay.
It can’t happen overnight,” said Bobby Deol, recalling the times. Bobby Deol explained how he got out of that phase and told the show’s host Karan Johar, “My brother, my dad, my mom, my sisters, they were always there. You cannot always do anything holding someone’s hand. You have to walk on your two feet. Then things started changing. I became more focused, more serious, and when you focus you have that energy in you. I mean I have gone and met so many people, I said to myself, I will go and meet people, tell them I want to work with you all. I came to you also, you still haven’t worked with me.”
Describing a pivotal moment that sparked change, Bobby Deol recounted how his son’s innocent observation about his absence at home while his wife worked served as a wake-up call. “I couldn’t ignore it. Something inside me shifted,” he shared. “It wasn’t an instant transformation; it took time to regain my footing and find my way back.” Turning to his support system, he acknowledged their unwavering presence but emphasized the importance of taking responsibility for his own journey.
“While their support was invaluable, ultimately, I had to take the steps myself,” he explained to Karan Johar. “I became determined, and proactive, and started reaching out to people, expressing my desire to collaborate. It’s about focus and energy. I’ve met countless individuals, including yourself, eager to contribute and create.”