The creative aspect of a script lures Abhay Deol more than its moneymaking prospects. But if he gets another film like "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara", a potent mix of commercial and creative elements, he would happily accept it.
"Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara", the story of three friends and their adventurous road journey, has joined the Rs.100 crore club and the actor points out that the film was high on creativity too.
"My film 'Zindagi' hit Rs.100 crore, so I have already been there. It depends upon subject to subject...every film can't cross Rs.100 crore...If I just want to be in the Rs.100 crore game, it depends on who you work with and what kind of subject it is."
"I am not playing a number game, I am playing a creative game where I can be as creative as I can be. I liked 'Zindagi...' because I saw the potential to cross the Rs.100 crore mark; at the same time it was a creative, well-written story, yet commercial. If I get a film like that, then I will definitely take it up. I hope 'Chakravyuh' hits high numbers too," he added.
As an actor, he had an interesting journey starting from his first film "Socha Na Tha" followed by "Dev D" and "Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye". He surely has been constantly pushing the envelope.
In terms of getting offers, the number of first time directors approaching him is larger than the established ones.
"I get offers from first-time directors more than I get from established ones, for commercial projects. But I am happy...people love your work; what more do you want," the 36-year-old said.
Does he want to direct?
"Not now. But I don't want to say no because I don't know what the future holds for me. May be I will, may be I won't," said the actor who is busy promoting "Chakravyuh", releasing Oct 24.
Praising his efficiency and preparation, he said that he had a lot of fun while making the film.
"There was a lot of action and I loved doing it. He (Jha) was so prepared; he didn't work for more than 10 hours a day. We finished three days before the schedule. He lets you work as an actor and gives you your space."