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Bollywood does not mind casting a 50-year-old male actor opposite 20-year-old women: Abhay Deol on playing father to a teenager in Disney’s “Spin”


Actor Abhay Deol who is known for doing edgy films is all set to star in Disney’s “Spin”. The actor will be seen playing the role of father to Avantika Vandanapu’s character. Talking about his decision to agree for playing a father to a teenage girl in his upcoming show he said that “Bollywood does not mind casting a 50-year-old male actor opposite 20-year-old women and “make them look like a couple.”

When asked if he had any qualms about the role, Abhay said, “If I had to have qualms about anything then I would have had them 10-12 years ago doing what I was doing in Bollywood. I have never really held back, I am quite secure in who I am and where I come from. The Netflix show that I am doing spans 20 years, I go from 39 to 59. I can play my age, I can play 10-12 years younger still, so I am just having fun.”

He added, “As long as people are convinced that I am that role whether at 35 or 45, I would like to do both. You just got to take care of yourself so that you can pass for the ages that you play. I would like to stick to that window. Bollywood still will cast actors who are in their 50s opposite girls who are in their 20s and not even make it about an older man and younger girl; they will make them look like as a couple. In that environment, what does it matter?”

Abhay took his social media handle to announce the film, he wrote,” I am aware that most of my audience love me for making edgy, alternative narratives, that challenge the status quo. Which is why this film is all the more special as it is a departure from my own status quo, and catering to a much younger audience. Spin is a Disney film that will go live on their platform for US audiences on August 13. It is a gem of a movie, that will leave you smiling and feeling good. Blessed to be a part of it.”

The show which will air in US on Disney channel, starting August 13 also stars Meera Syal and Simhadri in major roloes.  Directed by Makijany from a script by Carley Steiner and Josh A. Cagan it will later premiere on Disney+ Hotstar from August 15.

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