Exclusive: Abbas-Mustan wanted me to play the positive character in Ajnabee because I had a negative shade in Soldier - Bobby Deol on not playing Akshay Kumar’s role


Bobby Deol completed 25 years in Bollywood on Monday. The actor, who made his debut with Barsaat, went on to become one of the acclaimed actors in the '90s. His 2001 film Ajnabee that also starred Akshay Kumar, Bipasha Basu and Kareena Kapoor Khan, remains one of the highlights of his career. Contrary to media reports that suggest Bobby was replaced by Akshay to play the negative character in the film, in an exclusive interview with PeepingMoon, the actor has cleared the air. Bobby said it was the director duo Abbas-Mustan who thought it would be better for him to play the positive role instead of the negative one that was later portrayed by Akshay. 

Talking about the same, he said, "You know the funniest thing is when I was shooting for Soldier, I remember the sequence where I and Preeti (Kareena Kapoor Khan's Ajnabee character) come in a helicopter and land at his (Akshay Kumar's) house, I was in that house and Abbas-Mustan bhai wanted me to play the negative character. I was really excited as that character was very interesting and I was playing something like that in such an early stage of my career. But by the time I finished Soldier they (Abbas-Mustan) decided that I have already played the negative shade in Soldier so in this we (Abbas-Mutan) make you play the positive character. So that is how I play the character that I play in Ajnabee."



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Ajnabee is a thriller-mystery based on two couples - Bobby-Kareena and Akshay-Bipasha, that released in 2001. It was well received by the audience as well as the critics.