Actor Abhay Deol is keen to break his “non-mainstream” image in Bollywood and says he would love to come out-of-the-box and do mainstream films like an actioner. Asked if he will ever do an out-and-out actioner, Abhay told IANS: “I hope so.”
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“Action requires a budget, especially the ones we make in our industry. It would be great to read a script, which is an action script uniquely written so that it doesn’t cost an arm or a leg because we are now accustomed to seeing action in the superhero form,” he quipped.
The actor, who has done films as different as “Dev.D” and “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara”, says since he has done a lot of “non-mainstream” cinema, he doubts if filmmakers will offer him an action film. “The thing is that because I have gone and done non-mainstream movies, the reaction will occur that, ‘He is not mainstream’. So they (filmmakers) themselves won’t offer me those films,” he added.
Abhay says he wants to do commercial films, but he feels he has been “boxed” as a type in the industry. The 40-year-old actor said: “It’s not that I don’t want to do different films. The non-mainstream stuff that I did, started to get successful… But for an industry which runs essentially on money, they do put you in a box. You try hard to do what you believe in and try hard to not put yourself in a box, but you inevitably get put in a box.”
Abhay, who was recently seen in “Happy Bhaag Jayegi”, says he would like to come out of the box. “But now for me to get out-of-the-box and do something like an action film that I would love to do, someone else too has to take that chance with me. I can’t do it alone,” he added.