Deol is in a romantic relationship with model/actress Preeti Desai and lives in Mumbai, where he also grew up. He is a self-described fan of “cinema that has the ‘real’ element” and lists his favourite films as Chupke Chupke, Mother India, and Dr. Strangelove
Deol stated in an interview with Rediff that he is not into acting because of his father, but because he was involved in theatre since school. “At 18, I decided to take the plunge. It took me 10 years because I didn’t want to leave my education to get into films.
He made his film debut in the 2005 film Socha Na Tha. His second film was Ahista Ahista in 2006. His first 2007 release was Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. which had a multi-star cast and emerged as a box office success. His second release for the year was Ek Chalis Ki Last Local. His third film in 2007 was Manorama Six Feet Under, which won the Best Film at the Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival in New York City. He also won Best Actor award for his role for the same. His only 2008 release was Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!.
Deol devised and enacted the title role of Devdas in the 2009 Hindi film Dev.D. Nikhat Kazmi, the critique for Times of India gave the movie a perfect 5 out 5 stars in his review.
Deol has been the cover of Man’s World and Time Out Mumbai, with titles such as “the new face of Indian cinema”. He was placed seventh on Zoom’s “50 Most Desirable Hotties” poll for 2009.
He did Road, Movie with Tannishtha Chatterjee. Deol has also started producing films through his company Forbidden Films. For Basra, the first film under his new production company, Deol learned the Israeli martial art Krav Maga He also trained to be a deep-sea diver for his film Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara which was filmed in Spain
Abhay Deol (Hindi: अभय दियोल , Punjabi: ਅਭੇ ਦੇਓਲ; born 15 March 1976) is an Indian actor originally from Chandigarh, Punjab. He is an Indian film actor and producer whose family has a long history in the Hindi film industry. Deol has appeared in such films as Dev.D and Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!. He is the nephew of Bollywood actor Dharmendra, and the cousin of Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol