Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyaya's novel Devdas has been explored by various filmmakers, but Bollywood actor Abhay Deol says his modern-day interpretation of the book Dev D is different.
"It's not a verbal film, it's very heavy on music. If I compile my dialogues delivered in the film, not more than four pages will be covered," said Abhay.
"Devdas has been made before, but this one has a very new, fresh and out of the box approach. Nobody had ever thought of making Devdas in this contemporary way," he added.
Dev D, which is set to release on February 6, is directed by Anurag Kashyap and boasts of 18 tracks including Rajasthani, Punjabi and Awadhi folk numbers compiled by music director Amit Trivedi.
The 32-year-old actor, who maintains that he does films that are relatable, made his debut in 2005 with Socha Na Tha, a home production. He then went on to prove his acting prowess with films like Ahista Ahista, Manorama Six Feet Under, Ek Chalis Ki Last Local and Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.
Speaking on his current project, Abhay said: "When I read the book I realised that Devdas had streaks of arrogance and possessiveness. We kept those features and made the character very urban, a city guy."
"It's a deep character, but I did not have to work a lot on my body, look and attitude because the role did not require me to portray a character from a different background altogether," added the actor.
The idea of the film, that is Abhay's brainchild, is different. But will this version of the classic click with the audience?
"Dev D adopts an unusual and contemporary approach and I think that is exactly what will work for the film, because it will be like a revelation for the people. It's always good to turn a stereotype image and experiment with it."
The film will be introducing two new actors as the new age Paro and Chandramukhi. "Mahi and Kalki were very nice to work with. They were so professional that it didn't seem they are making their debut with this film. Very sweet, very honest with their work and very hardworking," Abhay said.
Deviating from his present profession, the experimental actor is all set to don the hat of a producer. He will be producing a film called Junction that will be directed by Atul Sabharwal.
However, Abhay maintains that his acting career will not take a backseat because of his newfound role. "I will continue acting in films for sure," he said.
After Dev D, Abhay is all set to prove his mettle with Dev Benegal's yet-to-be-titled film.