Superstar Ajay Devgn is known for his versatile performance and his fascination towards action-oriented films. Our Bollywood guide ‘G9 Divya Solgama’ had a privilege to speak to him regarding his latest film ‘Shivaay’ & more
Ajay, you donned the director’s hat in 2008 for your film ‘You Me Aur Hum’ and now will be seen directed your upcoming film ‘Shivaay’. So kindly share with us the top reasons which inspired you to make this film?
Ajay Devgn –I don’t want to take up film direction as a business. I would direct films only when there is a story which I emotionally connect to. The story of ‘Shivaay’ was created later; it is the emotional thought which inspired me to make this film. I connect to the father – daughter emotion very well. I weaved a story around the bond. Story can be as simple as possible but it is the screenplay and presentation which makes the difference.It was a conscious effort from my side to showcase the emotional aspect in the film following the action packed theatrical trailer. People also said that not much was revealed in the trailer, but if you see my song promos, you will start connecting with the story. My songs tell a story and that’s why they act as my talkie promo. Technically if you go to see, ‘Shivaay’ is an emotional film. Of course we have a lot of action, but action is a part of the emotions.I would love to direct another actor in a film. Acting and directing is a very tiring process and I would love to just sit there and narrate the sequences.Hopefully the gap between ‘Shivaay’ and next directorial will be not much.
Ajay, the action shown in the trailer of ‘Shivaay’ looks fantastic. But today’s youth are exposed to the international action films, so do you feel your movie will be able to match up to international standards?
Ajay Devgn –I promise you that the action sequences in the film would be bigger than the trailer. I have hardly shown you anything in the trailer. We have around 7 to 8 action sequences in the film.Youth of our country feel that Indian films are tacky in terms of Visual Effects, but here we have tried to come up with something that if not better, is at par various Hollywood films. I have got response from across the globe who have been blown away by the trailer. I am proud that a film like ‘Shivaay’ is made in India.
Ajay, ‘Shivaay’ is also in the news due to its clash with ‘AeDilHaiMushkil’. We all know that such clash are not good for our film makers, so as a producer, director and actor, what’s your take on this whole issue?
Ajay Devgn –The audience gets divided. Eventually what will happen is the better film will take the lead. I am not talking about the first day because it is a pre-Diwali day and we can’t expect a very big number. By the time we come to Monday which is like the biggest day, the audience would know which film is better and that one would take the lead.I think ‘Rustom’ and ‘Mohenjo Daro’ was a healthy clash at the Box-Office as they were not fighting. It is very sad that our clash got ugly.
Ajay, lots being said and done over the Pakistani actor’s ban issue. If your movie ‘Shivaay’ starred a Pakistani actor, would your stance about banning them change?
Ajay Devgn –I would have followed the public sentiment. As I said earlier, things which are already made is not their fault. Films which are going to start, we should take care that we don’t cast anybody till things are under control.
Ajay, kindly share with us something about your upcoming projects as an actor and a director?
Ajay Devgn– My next movies are ‘Golmaal Again’ and ‘Baadshaho’. Regarding ‘Sons of Sardaar’, it is too early, we would talk about it later. As regarding the starcast, there are just names popping out and I am still to decide on the star-cast. Once the work on script is complete, then I will approach other actors. But all I can tell you is the fact that it would be a very big film. I have confidence my film will be a visual spectacle. I am planning to direct ‘Sons of Sardaar’ as well.Once we see ‘Baahubali 2’ and if I get inspired I’ll make ‘Sons of Sardaar’ bigger than ‘Baahubali’. It is not a competition but an inspiration. I think ‘Sons of Sardaar’ will be much bigger than ‘Shivaay’. It will go on floors by the end of next year as I need to wrap up shooting for ‘Baadshaho’ and ‘Golmaal Again’.
(Source: Bollywood Times)