"I would never enter 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 said. (JPN/Agencies)
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 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 music company.
The actor, who was lauded for the support by the music industry, says he simply reacted to something that he knew was wrong.
"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 said.
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 films.
"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," he added.
"I would never enter 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 said.