He has charted out a different path for himself in Bollywood with out-of-the-box films like Oye Lucky Lucky Oye and Dev D but what irks Abhay Deol the most is being labelled as a 'non-commercial' and 'non-mainstream' actor.
Abhay, who started his journey as a romantic hero in Imtiaz Ali's debut film 'Socha Na Tha' in 2005, has come a long way in the industry. And while he likes to be part of movies that are different and do not follow the formula, Abhay says being labelled harms him as an actor.
"I dislike labels like commercial and non commercial. As soon as you say that this film is not commercial you kill the market of a movie. It harms me when people say I am non-mainstream or non-commercial actor. I try to fight off such labels," Abhay told PTI in an interview.
The actor will next be seen Dev Benegal's internationally acclaimed film Road, Movie, which is releasing in India tomorrow.
But despite coming from a Bollywood family with names like Dharmendra as his uncle and Sunny and Bobby Deol as his brothers, getting roles in the industry post the failure of his first film was not easy for Abhay.
"When Socha Na Tha flopped, it was very hard to get work as an actor. After Dev D, I have lot of work and the budget of my films and my fee have increased. Don't my films make money? If this was the case I would not have survived this far," he said.