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Delhi Belly completes 10 years of release; director Abhinay Deo talks about Imran Khan’s decision to quit acting


Film Delhi Belly has completed a decade of its release. Filled with dark humour this adult film signaled a shift in contemporary Indian cinema. Produced by Aamir Khan and directed by Abhinay Deo this 96-minute film starred Imran Khan, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Vir Das, Poorna Jagannathan and Shenaz Treasurywala in major roles.

Delhi Belly director Abhinay Deo, while talking about the film on its 10th anniversary also expressed his dismay at Imran Khan’s decision to quit acting. Abhinay said that he was ‘taken aback’ when he first heard the news and that Imran had even turned down the opportunity to reunite with him on another project.

Deo added that he is sure Imran will find another outlet for his creativity “I felt sad as I have high regard for that man. He is a great guy and there is anyway a shortage of good people in this world,” Abhinay said. “He is one of the good guys and he should be there in this industry. He is a talented guy, whether in front of the camera or behind it. He is a trained filmmaker and a writer too. I feel he should get his creativity out in any form that he can. But I did feel bad that he did not want to act anymore.”

He added, “As a matter of fact, Imran refused a couple of my films because he said he was stopping acting and I was taken aback a bit by that, otherwise he would have been a part of one of my films four years back. But he didn’t want to go down that route at all as he was reinventing himself. I think every person has a process and I am sure we will see some spectacular work from him in the future.”

Imran Khan who made his debut in 2008 with Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na is the nephew of actor Aamir Khan. 2015’s Katti Batti, co-starring Kangana Ranaut was his last film.

Imran’s friend, actor Akshay Oberoi, was the first to confirm rumours that he’d quit acting. “See, Imran Khan has left acting at the moment. As far as I know, there is a better writer and director inside Imran, I do not know when he will direct his film himself, I am not going to put any pressure, but as a friend, I think so he will direct his film soon. Also, when Imran directs, I know he will make a wonderful film because his sensibility and understanding of cinema is very high.” he said.