"Whenever I have played on a risky wicket, I have had success coming my way. I have realised that audience too expects the same from me. I would most probably fail if I take a conformist approach. At least my current standing dictates so," Hashmi told in an interview.
The actor, back after a well-deserved break post 'Jannat 2' and 'Shanghai', is currently busy with the shooting of 'Ek Thi Daayan'. He will be back in theatres soon with Vikram Bhatt's horror 'Raaz 3' opposite Bipasha Basu. Hashmi says he is content with the way things have shaped up for him and does not want to get involved in the rat race.
"I can't get into the trapping of box office. I don't want that pressure on me. Also, number game does not interest me. I want to experiment with different kind of cinema. May be a couple of them don't take a huge opening but then it would give me creative satisfaction at least."
Asked whether he is referring to 'Shanghai' which fetched some of the best reviews this year but didn't make the right impact at the box office and Hashmi says 'Shanghai' was never meant to be a run of the mill film.
"It had its own unique space and was always meant to be a departure from conventional Bollywood films. I credit Dibakar for being brave enough to pick such subject and tell a serious story without getting preachy. Personally too it worked for me as I saw good response from audience, trade, industry and critics alike," said Hashmi.
Now he is expecting critical acclaim and good commercial response for 'Raaz 3' as well. The film would see him reuniting with his 'Footpath' director Vikram Bhatt, the man who is responsible for his Bollywood launch. "'Footpath' is still my favourite performance. It was a special film because Vikram almost held my hand and took me through. All credit to him because he is very patient with the actors.
"He is similar in 'Raaz 3'. He has vast known of 3D technicalities and has the task to take the franchise to the next level. The fact that the film has a great story to tell only adds further weight to the final results."