Actor Abhay Deol who was last seen in the Netflix comedy-drama film Chopsticks alongside Mithila Palkar will next be featuring in Line Of Descent (earlier titled The Field) which is set to release in the US on 13 December, by Gravitas Ventures. The film will also be screened at the New York City South Asian Film Festival (NYC SAFF) as the opening film of the festival. It will not be hitting the Indian screens but would instead premiere exclusively on Zee5, (date not announced yet).
He will be seen alongside Brendan Fraser, Ronit Roy, Neeraj Kabi, Prem Chopra, and Vineet Kumar Singh in the Rohit Karn Batra directorial. Line of Descent is being bankrolled by Guy Jon Louthan, his second Indian production after Roland Joffe’s The Lovers a.ka Time Traveller (earlier, Singularity) which was filmed in India in 2013. Incidentally, Abhay Deol had also debuted in Hollywood with the film.
Abhay Deol took to Instagram to announce the news. The actor said he was happy to work with veteran actor Prem Chopra. “My grandmother used to say of Mr. Chopra, ‘he’s a villain in reel life but such a gentleman in real life’. And today I am in the same film as him. This one’s for my granny”.
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I love it when an independent film (yes I’m still making them) of mine gets the promise of a good release! Not only is my film “Line Of Descent” opening the @nycsaff, but it will also get a US theatrical release by Gravitas Ventures on the 13th of December. This film is too racy and too real for an Indian theatrical unfortunately, but it will premier exclusively on Zee5 in India, the date is yet to be decided. It is Directed by Rohit Karn Batra and produced by @guylouthan. Besides the fact that it has some very great actors like Brendan Fraser, Ronit Roy and Neeraj Kabi, I was most excited to see Mr. Prem Chopra on screen after such a long time. My grandmother used to say of Mr. Chopra, “he’s a villain in reel life but such a gentleman in real life”. And today I am in the same film as him. This one’s for my granny!!! @zee5premium.
Director Rohit Karn Batra told Indie Wire, “The more the script evolved, the more obvious it became Brendan was the best choice for the idiosyncratic role of Charu. For a director to explore this journey with him in a place like India is nothing less than a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
The movie set in Delhi revolves around an Indian mafia family at war with itself following the death of the patriarch. It has been filmed in both English and Hindi.
Watch the trailer here.
Meanwhile, Abhay Deol will also be seen as the antagonist in the Tamil film Hero starring Sivakarthikeyan and Kalyani Priyadarshan. Helmed by Irumbuthirai fame PS Mithran, the film is produced by KJR Studios’ Kotapadi J Rajesh. The film’s teaser dropped recently and garnered over four-and-a-half million views. The film is all set for release on 20 December 2019.
Watch the teaser here.