Mumbai, June 23 -- Out of sight, out of mind - this phrase has been generously used when it comes to actors. That's probably why many yesteryear actors used to work on multiple films at a time, ensuring releases throughout the year.
But looks like the new generation of actors has no such insecurities. Instead of lapping up whatever comes their way, most of them are taking their time to sign films, keeping the quality, and the preparation time required for each, in mind.
To start with, Imran Khan, whose last film, Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, released in November 2013, is known to be a very secure actor. Despite having no releases in over a year, he says, "I do not regret the time I have spent away from films. In the last one and a half years, I was with my family, as my wife was pregnant, and then our baby was born."
His next release is Nikhil Advani's Katti Batti, which will hit the screens in September this year. On the other hand, Arjun Kapoor, whose last release was Tevar in January this year has started work on R Balki's next with Kareena Kapoor Khan, but the film will only release next year.
Similarly, Aditya Roy Kapur's last movie was Daawat-e-Ishq in September 2014, and his next will be Fitoor, which will hit theatres only next year.
Even Sidharth Malhotra's upcoming film, Brothers will release in August after his last project, Ek Villain, opened in June last year.
"I would like to do one film at a time. I am trying to schedule whichever new film I am signing that way. It's best for the director, and it is hassle-free. I am not a person, who wants 10 releases [in a year]," says Sidharth, who admits that a lot of his time (the first five to six months) after Ek Villain went into prepping for his next.
Ayushmann Khurrana's last film was Dum Laga Ke Haisha earlier this year. He is slated to work on Agra Ka Daabra, but the film has no official start or release date yet.
Interestingly, Parineeti Chopra is yet to sign a film officially.
"I haven't found anything that I have liked. I am reading many scripts, but I am yet to find something that I absolutely love. I don't want to make the mistake of signing a film that I am not happy with. So, I have to wait for a good script," she told HT Cafe in an earlier interview.
Experts, too, contend that young stars are choosing quality over quantity. "Young actors aren't losing sleep [over not signing films] because first, they are sure about what career graph they want to pursue, and second, they have all become extremely quality conscious," says trade analyst Komal Nahta.