"The thing is that you have grown up watching Amitabh Bachchan and all the masala entertainers, where drama, action, comedy all is part of one film. So somewhere as an actor I wanted to do it. It is not because Salman Khan or Shahrukh Khan are doing action films now I also want to do it," Shreyas said.
The 36-year-old has been approached for an action film, for which he has been asked to bulk up and get into shape. "There is a film that we are working on. It was based in Lucknow and it was more raw action kind of a film.
It had nothing to do with cable or stylized action sequences, it is more like politics, university, and all action stuff kind of a film. My director wanted me to bulk up a bit so I started working out on it. It is too early to talk about it," Shreyas said.
Unfortunately the untitled film has got postponed. "Things have got postponed. There were some issues happening with casting and hence they are taking time," Shreyas said.
The actor is currently basking in the glory of Sajid Khan's 'Housefull 2' that has done good business since its release. "I am very happy with the response we have got. It feels great to hear that everyone has liked it.
The entire team is happy with the response. I remember on the first day of the shooting, Sajid had said welcome on the sets of the biggest blockbuster film of the year. I hope 'Housefull 2' becomes a bigger hit than 'Golmaal 3'," he said.
Even before 'Housefull 2' was released director Sajid Khan had talked about his plans of making a third installment. Ask Shreyas if he is aware of such development, he said, "Sajid had said 'Housefull 3' would happen. He did mention that he is planning it but I don't know exactly when. But he very strictly told all of us that we have to be part of it.
"For 'Housefull 2' I had committed to the film even before knowing what the film was about. Sajid had called me one afternoon saying you have to do one film because I am asking you to do it. So if he feels I should be part of 'Housefull 3' then I would be more than happy to do it," he said.
Shreyas, who started off with serious films like 'Iqbal' and 'Dor', later shifted to comedies like 'Apna Sapna Money Money', 'Golmaal Returns', 'Paying Guests', 'Golmaal 3' and 'Hum Tum Shabana'. He says he is now keen on getting back to serious stuff.
"There was a time when after 'Iqbal', people considered me as extremely serious kind of a character. No one considered me for comedy. I remember a very reputed and senior director telling me that I am a serious kind of an actor and that I can't do comedy. Coming from there and doing comedy one after the other, I consider it as an achievement," Shreyas said.
"But having said that, I am looking for some serious stuff. Infact, my next film 'Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal' is a mixture of everything it has comedy, which is an important part of it, but there is drama, action, it is complete family entertainment," he said. Priyadarshan will direct this comedy film, which he claims is not a sequel to 2006 hit film 'Malamaal Weekly'.