He was seen in a miniscule role in "3 Idiots" and then featured in "Always Kabhi Kabhi", which didn't get the expected response at the box-office. But actor Ali Fazal is moving at his own pace and says he doesn't want to burden himself with expectations.
"I don't want to build pressure on myself. At the end of the day it is that one camera or one set which eventually translates into the film. I think it's one thing at a time right now, I really cannot be talking into the air," Ali told IANS.
The actor considers the audience as his biggest critic and says their judgement matters to him the most.
"In Bollywood, it has been great. People have been helpful. My last movie did not do that well so obviously I am not being hailed or something like that. Many people did not end up watching the movie and if the movie is not there for the audience, you have lost half the battle," said Ali, who was last seen in "Always Kabhi Kabhi".
"I want my audience to like my work. As much as I respect the critics, for me the audience are my main critic," said Ali.
From romantic films to comedy, and working with different directors, there's a lot on the mind of the young actor.
"I love romantic movies and I have grown up watching Shah Rukh Khan movies. Comedy is by far the toughest. If I can pull off a Rajpal Yadav as a hero that would be great and I find him as the best actor. If you can pull that off I think everything else is a cake walk. I find Mr. (Anurag) Kashyap's work very intense. That is another genre I would love to do. Imtiaz Ali, is I think, one of my favorite filmmakers as well," Ali said.
Ali is now looking forward to the release of his new film "Ban Gayi Baat", where he plays a double role.
"After a while I think I have heard something which is not cheesy in any way and you can take your entire family and watch the movie easily. I sometimes get scared that I cannot walk in with my grandmother. It's also at the same time not a mindless comedy. There is a script and story to it," he said of the film.