When we meet Ajay Devgn at Mehboob Studio in Bandra, the star seems to be in a jolly mood. With his upcoming film with Prakash Jha set to release soon, his fourth with the director, Devgn has taken a few days off from his next project to immerse himself in the promotional blitzkrieg around it.
There was buzz you had some differences with Jha during Raajneeti. True?
Those rumours were all rubbish. This film was planned a couple of years ago but I was committed to other projects. He made two other films in the meanwhile.
What keeps your partnership with him going?
He has a knack of telling a story in an interesting way. He strikes a very good balance and grips the audience without making the film seem like a documentary drama. Entertainment does not have to be just comedy. Like Gangaajal or Aprahan.... Satyagraha targets the youth and will inspire them to channelise their anger in the right direction.
What are your criteria for choosing a film?
It has to be commercial and I need to be satisfied as an actor. This was one of the main reasons why I did Satyagraha.
Is that why you are doing Singham 2 next?
Singham was totally commercial. But with that we were able to convey a nice little message as well. With Singham 2, we are trying to strike a similar balance.
Did you have a tiff with Rohit Shetty because he worked with SRK?
That is not true.
How do you react to the success of Chennai Express?
I am very happy. Every film should work and take the industry forward.
Why hasn’t a fourth installment of the Golmaal series started?
We have had three Golmaal and each has been a bigger hit than its predecessor. With Golmal 4, we need to be absolutely sure. But we still don’t have a script.
I am shooting with Prabhudeva for Action Jackson. I will also be starting a couple of films under my production banner.
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