Abhay Singh Deol is an Indian film actor and producer who is known for appearing in the Hindi language films of Bollywood. His family has a long history in the Hindi film industry; Dharmendra is his paternal uncle, and he is the cousin of Esha Deol, Bobby Deol and Sunny Deol. Over the years, he has been recognized for his performances, and has established himself as a leading contemporary actor of Hindi cinema. Although he wanted to pursue a career in films from a young age, he decided to complete his education before doing so. He made his debut in the 2005 Imtiaz Ali film Socha Na Tha. The film opened to positive reviews and he received critical acclaim for his performance, with many critics branding him as promising. He followed it with roles in Ahista Ahista and Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd., where his performances received mostly praise. He received widespread accalaim for his performance in the 2007 thriller film Manorama Six Feet Under and as the main character Lucky in the 2008 film Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!. He then appeared in Dev.D, a revival of Devdas, and received mainly positive reviews for his performance. His role in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara was appreciated and earned him his first nomination for Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor and he has since appeared in films such as Chakravyuh, Shanghai and Raanjhanaa, receiving critical acclaim and being described as an actor who continuously understands how to play complex characters.