Abhay Deol: Judging quality of a film by box office earnings is sad

Abhay..If my next film does not do well I will have to pack up and go.

Abhay..If my next film does not do well I will have to pack up and go.

Bollywood Actor Abhay Deol says a lot depends on his upcoming “Happy Bhag Jayegi” because if it doesn’t do well, fans will ask him to pack his bag and leave the industry for good.

Abhay Deol (also known as Abhay Singh Deol) is an actor and producer of films. He was born in to an influential family of the Bollywood cinema. He is the nephew of Bollywood supremo Dharmendra. Deol made his  debut in 2005 with the romantic comedy Socha Na Tha and gained praise for his performances in subsequent films including Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! and  Dev D.

But his 2014 release “One By Two” did not do well at the box office. When asked if “Happy Bhag Jayegi” is an important film of his career, the actor told reporters, “I guess, because there has been a long gap, some people are also saying this is going to be my comeback, in that regard it is extremely important.

“Because if people are saying it is a ‘comeback’ and even then it doesn’t work, people will say ‘go back’. So may be it is a lot heavier than before,” he added.

Directed by Mudassar Aziz, “Happy Bhag Jayegi” is a romantic comedy which also stars Diana Penty, Ali Fazal and Jimmy Shergill.

The 40-year-old  who is also the cousin of film actors Esha Deol, Ahana Deol, Bobby Doel and Sunny Deol said “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara” star said this time one advantage he has is that he is working with a big production house unlike his many previous films.

“One advantage is that at least a production house, a studio is backing me which were missing from my earlier films. The films were always independent,” he said.

The actor, who has featured in several off-beat films like “Ek Chalis Ki Last Local”, “Manorama Six Feet Under” and “Road, Movie”, says the obsession with box office earnings as the benchmark for movies is rather sad.

“The media is focusing on ‘100 crore’ and not on films which are breaking the mould, breaking a formula. What if it didn’t make money, at least they made the film. Only when it reaches Rs 100-cr, it is being talked about,” he said.- CINEWS

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