Musician-turned-actor Luke Kenny found fame in Bollywood with 2008 musical film 'Rock On' but he says the success and the adulation did not materialise into new opportunities for him in the industry.
The former video jockey has not been seen on the big screen for four years now and he says the move was deliberate as he was getting typecast.
"After 'Rock On' I was not reluctant to work. As an actor you always want to do more work, quality work. People had a new experience with 'Rock On'. Arjun (Rampal) was already a star, Farhan (Akhtar) was well known and it was just me and Purab (Kohli), who were new. So, for me it was different post the release of the film," Luke told PTI in an interview.
Directed by Abhishek Kapoor, the critically acclaimed and commercially successful film also went on to win the National Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.
"Though people appreciated my performance I was getting projects that were not something I was keen on doing. I was either offered the role of a musician or a foreign friend. And that was when typecasting began.
"Those were the stereotypes you always want to escape as an actor. I refrained from doing any such roles that would limit me as an actor," he said.
Luke said that it was then he realised it was futile to wait for opportunities to come his way.
"I kept hoping that new films will be made and I will be offered interesting roles but time was ticking. My creative juices could not be suppressed anymore and it was then that I realised that if I was not offered a good project I should create one for myself," he added.
Luke, who made a foray into direction with 2005 film '13th Floor', starring Purab Kohli and Sandhya Mridul, is gearing up for the release of his next venture, horror movie 'Rise of the Zombie', which he has co-directed with Devaki Singh.
Co-produced by Luke's own company, Kenny Films Pvt Ltd, the film is the journey of transformation and origin of a zombie. The film will hit theatres on February 22.