An Indian-American teen discovers her love for crafting DJ mixes that unite her two cultures in Disney Channel’s latest original film. The film, which stars Avantika Vandanapu in the lead, also casts Abhay Deol in a fresh light as the father of a teenage daughter. Spin has an intriguing storyline that focuses on a distinctly South Asian narrative, and during an interview with Pinkvilla, Abhay Deol opens up about his involvement in the film and more.
After appearing in iconic Bollywood films such as Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and others, Abhay takes on the role of a father onscreen for the first time. When asked how he got to be a part of this endeavour, Deol said, “Well, I met Manjiri ‘Manjari Makijany’, the director 3-4 years ago. She was in LA and I half live in LA, so we met in a general meeting to say hello. Our families have worked together. You know, her dad was in the industry, Mr Mac Mohan has been a legend himself and so we just bonded over being from the same neighbourhood.”
“And three years later she calls me and says, ‘By the way, I’m doing a project for Disney and you have to play a dad'”, Abhay also mentioned that he was on board for the project after reading the script for the character.
We asked Deol if he is ready for an entirely new fan base to come his way, given that Disney films have a certain fan appeal, not just when it comes to playing the Prince, but also with roles like that of a Disney father. When asked how he feels about being dubbed a “Disney Dad’ he further said, “I am always ready for love coming my way. Why would I not be? As long as people love you, you know, it feels great. If they hate you also, it’s fine, it’s kind of the opposite spectrum of love. At least, they are noticing you. You’re getting a reaction out of them.”