New Delhi: Ajay Devgn is one of the few stars in Bollywood apart from the three Khans to have survived as a lead hero for 20 years but the actor says he has never been in the race to occupy the top five slots.
For the 41-year-old star, who made his debut in Hindi cinema with `Phool Aur Kaante` in 1991`, consistency and versatility are more important.
"The top five slots keep changing as per public`s mood. It is consistency that matters and one should be willing to play variety of roles across genres," Devgn told reporters.
From playing Bhagat Singh on screen to chasing girls around trees, the two time national-award-winning actor has done it all but Devgn says he does not like being compared to anyone.
"Honestly speaking, I don`t want to be compared with anyone. It has been a good going for me. In last 3-4 years, I have had four major releases. I am happy with it," he added.
After a comedy `Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge`, he was seen next in Prakash Jha`s political drama `Raajneeti`. Next to come is `Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai` while before end of the year, he would also be seen in a social action thriller `Aakrosh`,
laugh riot `Golmaal 3` and animation flick `Toonpur Ka Superhero`.
"I have done different films and the trend is continuing this year as well. There are number of releases which I have this year. I hope these films work. I am quite happy with the way I am positioned in the industry," he said.
Devgn, whose stint as producer and director has not been so successful, believes in keeping things in check by making films in reasonable budget.
"Every script comes with a budget. Today when we say that films are failing, it is not really the whole truth. Films don`t fail it is the budget which fails," said the actor, who turned director with `U, Me Aur Hum` starring wife Kajol in 2008.
Devgn is now looking forward to star and make films that come with good scripts.
"If your content is good enough, it is fine to go ahead and place a high budget on the making of the film. Tomorrow, if a script comes to me which is strong enough to warrant a crazy budget, I will do it. I don`t have any set rules for myself," he said.
Meanwhile, even though it is not a solo starrer, Devgn`s `Raajeeti` has become a superhit, which he feels is a reflection of changing time.
"It is a victory for the industry and audience as well. Today, they have started expecting different cinema at a big scale. `Raajneeti` was a political drama that was set up in a big way. It gives us filmmakers a good platform to explore different kind of cinema," said Devgn.