A number of Bollywood celebrities may be making their political debut in this election season but actor Abhay Deol says he has no political aspirations and the most he would do is go out and vote.
"I would never join politics but I will go out and vote.
If there are people who want to get into the system and
bring some change, they can go ahead and do it. There is
nothing wrong with that. People from everywhere have to
participate to clean the system from inside," Abhay told PTI.
However, the 38-year-old actor's resume mostly boasts of
films with a distinct social and political element. Be it
Shanghai, which dealt with the issue of land displacement,
Chakyavyuh about the Naxalite movement or Ranjhanna,
where he played a young student leader and socialist.
Abhay feels even without entering politics, he tries to
contribute in bringing change in the society through the
medium of films.
"I am not a politician, nor an activist. But in my small
way I try and bring change with the kind of films I do. I
choose my films very carefully. I have done films which are
sensitive, which deal with some issues and are a mirror of the
society," he said.
Abhay made his production debut this year with One By
Two, which saw him opposite real-life girlfriend Preeti
Desai. The film, however, did not do well. But, Abhay is not
disheartened by the failure at all and says he will continue
to produce films.
"Well that hurts anyway. Not just because it was my
production. It is part of the experience, journey of a
director, actor or producer. You are going to have hits and
misses, you can't always have a 100 per cent run. I believe in
the saying, 'It is not about the amount of times you fall, it
is about the amount of times you get up'," he said.
Abhay took a vocal stand for the film's composers
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy when they were asked to sign clauses
which would hand over their rights to royalty over to the
The actor, who was lauded for the support by the music
industry, says he simply reacted to something that he knew was
"I stood behind Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy after the whole music
issue, there were two new companies Crecendo and Unisys, who
released the music for us. I also did not get foreign
distributors, so I released my film through Facebook," he
Talking about the Indian film industry, Abhay feels there
is a need to boost independent films and create a platform for
them as well, which can co-exist with the formula Bollywood
"I would like to see a model that supports the
alternative cinema to the formula films. I am of the belief
that there is a market for everything. As there is obviously
a market for the formula films, which should be continued to
be made and will be. But steps should be taken to help the
alternative industry to co-exist," Abhay said.
"I want a platform for those films which do not have all
the ticks in the boxes- songs, dance, star driven, formula,"