Imran Abbas wants to be remembered for his work. The Pakistani actor-model, who was disappointed with the box office performance of his debut Bollywood film, now wants to choose his projects wisely.
"Every time I sign a film, I too hope for the best like others. The same happened when I signed my debut Bollywood film. So, I was upset when it didn't get good reviews. However, that phase is over and I am approaching roles in a different way. Unless the story and the role appeal to me, I won't accept it. I intend to do quality work that will make me happy. This satisfaction isn't guided by box office results," says Abbas.
The actor adds that his upcoming film, directed by Muzaffar Ali, has satisfied his creative sensibilities. He is hopeful about the film striking a chord with the audience.
"Filmgoers are open to good films and this is no nonsense film. Besides an appealing story, the film has also been shot beautifully. When you watch the film you will feel that you are watching a piece of art on screen," he asserts.
Abbas plays a prince, Raja Amir Haider, in the film, which is set in Lucknow in the year 1857. The film also marks the debut of stylist and fashion entrepreneur Pernia Qureshi.
"My Urdu is good as we speak the language in Pakistan. I have grown up in a culturally rich family. Poets such as Ahmed Faraz and Parveen Shakir were our regular guests. I also have some knowledge about music given that music was an optional subject when I was doing my graduation at National College of Art, Lahore. So, that too helped me," smiles the actor.
Excited about working with Muzaffar Ali and Pernia Qureshi, Abbas says that shooting for the film was a learning experience. "I was a bit apprehensive if Pernia, who mostly flaunts modern outfits, would be able to carry off the traditional dresses. But she proved me wrong. Pernia did her homework well and gave her best. She is also a good dancer," he shares.
Muzaffar Ali, says Abbas, is one of the most talented directors. "He is very encouraging and never loses his cool. Working with him makes you feeling as if you are working with a friend. I'm happy that he offered me this film, as I feel this film will help prove my acting abilities," says Abbas.
The actor also informs that he has already signed two more Hindi films and another Pakistani project. "I would love to work with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Rajkumar Hirani and Imtiaz Ali in Bollywood. I am a huge fan of Madhuri Dixit. I love and adore her, and would love to work with her too. Amitabh Bachchan too is on my wishlist," he says.