This is the first time that Abhay has sung in a film and by his own admission he loved doing so. But what made him sing this time around? "Zoya (Akhtar) wanted me to sing and I thought it was a good idea, so I went ahead. I could sing only because it was a simple song and there's a lot of technology that made the job easy for an amateur like me," he laughs.
It must have been pretty difficult to share good equations in a multi-starrer like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, with whom did he get along the best with "Even if I had a favourite, I wouldn't have taken any names. I don't want to offend anyone. Hrithik (Roshan) and Farhan (Akhtar) have been friends for years and I was the new one among them. Farhan is funny, while Hrithik has his own sense of humour."
The buzz is that he has done a direction course. So do we get to see him directing a film? Abhay runs a hand through his hair and says, "I haven't done any such course. Things were just blown out of proportion. It's too early to talk about direction."
At a time when the film fraternity has flooded the social networking sphere in order to directly communicate with the world, Abhay stays away from Twitter or Facebook "I had a Twitter account long back and tweeted once. But I realized after sometime that I don't have silly and nice things to share about myself and so I closed my account. I have my Facebook fan page which my managing team operates."
Unlike his cousins, Abhay is the first one who has openly talked about his love life, he is head-over-heels in love with with model-actor Preeti Desai "My parents are glad that I have found someone. They are happy that I am settled — they don't care about her background or looks. I come from a conservative family but I have scandalised my parents enough these years. Today they are very supportive," he shares.
He recently said he wouldn't mind eloping with his love girl. He laughs, "I was just asked if I would do a full fledged wedding but I said I would prefer a quiet ceremony." Abhay stumps us when he adds, "I don't believe in marriage. I don't think anything changes when two people sign a piece of paper. Only society expects us to get married and we follow suit. I may or may not get married but I will settle down in a live- in." Abhay admits.
Abhay keeps looking for an excuse to be with his lady whenever possible, planning dinner dates and quick getaways whenever time permits "I like everything about her. I respect her as a person and I'm very happy."
He is currently working on zom-com Rock the Shaadi "There are loads of rumours regarding the film that it's a remake of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and I am paying a tribute to Shah Rukh Khan in the film. It's not at all on those lines. Rather, it's a zombie comedy about a big fat Punjabi wedding being attacked by zombies. I am playing the character of a rock band member," said the Dev D star.
Abhay admits that he was once into drugs "I was rebellious and so abused my body." Interestingly, Abhay refers Dharmendra, who is his dad's elder brother as Dad and calls his biological father chacha (uncle). Abhay hopes that one day he will get to share screen space with his uncle, veteran actor Dharmendra, and cousins Sunny and Bobby Deol "I really want to do a film with my uncle and my cousins. I'm sure it will be really interesting to work with them. I am scared to work with my uncle and Sunny Bhaiya (Sunny Deol) because I don't know if I will be able to play anybody else around them apart from my usual self. I feel acting with Bobby will be much easier since we are closer in age," he added.
Abhay says that uncle Dharmendra has been very supportive of his decisions and always appreciated him for his performances and selection of roles "My cousins and my uncle have been iconic heroes in the industry and I don't think I'm anywhere close to that, but I'm happy that they like my work. They are my elders and it's natural for me to look up to them," Abhay admits candidly.