I work with people, who are trying to do good work: Ajay Devgn
Tall, dark and handsome – that’s Ajay Devgn for you, who had an eventful 2010, with three back-to-back hits – ‘Raajneeti’, ‘Golmaal 3’ and ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai’.
An atypical Bollywood star, Ajay Devgn is far away from controversies and loves to keep a low profile. A two time National Award winner, Ajay is known for his amazing versatility when it comes to films, which includes a wide array of genre, right from action, comedy, drama and thriller.
In a free-wheeling chat with Swati Chaturvedi of Spicezee.com on her show Kahiye Janab, Ajay Devgn shares his views on his Bollywood innings and personal life.
Swati: ‘Delicate’ and ‘durable’ star, you are welcome to Kahiye Janab
Ajay:(Smiles) Thank you so much.
Swati: If not for the entire Bollywood, 2010 was a good year for you; you had three back to back hits – ‘Raajneeti’, ‘Golmaal 3’ and ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai’.
Ajay: Why bad year for Bollywood, it was always like this. We make many films but only a few do well. I think it is the same thing every year, when we have to give the same answer.
Swati: You had a good year in comparison to other actors. There are many stars, who make a lot of noise about their work and claim to be number one. Where does Ajay Devgn stand?
Ajay: I believe in trying to do good work and let the work speak for itself.
Swati: You are known as an intense actor. Yet, the comedies which you do are often branded as mindless, repetitive, sexist and bathroom humour. Why so?
Ajay: It’s not like this; I like to balance my work. Even the comedies which I did, you can’t make people laugh with mindless sense of humour; you need a sense of humour for it. Does it mean that audience is mindless? Box Office collections matter more than critics. I think audience genuinely likes to laugh and it does need brain to make such kind of cinema.
Swati: What kind of cinema do you like?
Ajay: I would like to strike a balance between drama, action and comedy. Last year, I did different kinds of films. I will get bored if I do the same kind of genre throughout the year.
Swati: Have you got your due in the film industry?
Ajay: Of course, I have got more than my due. I have been working for the past twenty years. I have worked on my terms and conditions. I am grateful to my audience. In the past twenty years, there have been only two years when I did not have a hit.
Swati: Which films did you like last year?
Ajay: I liked ‘Dabangg’ for its energy. I feel that if you don’t like a film, then don’t watch it. If people like ‘Dabangg’ then something is in it. When you enjoy it, it’s worth it.
Swati: What is the reason behind the durability of an actor?
Ajay: Honesty towards work. Let me give you an example of Sunny Deol. People said that Sunny Deol is not working these days but one right film (‘Yamla Pagla Deewana’) and the theatres were running with packed houses. Once the audience accepts you as an actor, one has to work very hard.
Swati: Shah Rukh Khan and you have no scandals – your love life is never discussed. Are you discreet about it?
Ajay: (smiles) Either we are very discreet or we are very smart.
Swati: In Bollywood, there are many controversies which are manufactured, but there is none in your case.
Ajay: I mind my own business. Controversies happen when you are not confident about yourself or your work. One should concentrate on his/her own work.
Swati: How do you feel when you see such controversies?
Ajay: I have become indifferent. Earlier I used to get angry or laugh about it. Now, I take it as a part of my job.
Swati: In Bollywood, there are lots of warring camps, where does Ajay Devgn stand?
Ajay: I don’t think there are any camps. If there are, I am in either in none of them or in all of them. I work with people, who are trying to do good work.
Swati: How does it feel to be married to a woman, who has a mind of her own?
Ajay: Kajol has a very balanced mind, we both have minds of our own. We both understand each other, our morals are the same, our values are the same and we do listen to each other.
Swati: How does Nysa react to the younger kid?
Ajay: Nysa is very happy. Earlier I was a bit sceptical, but she is very happy and spends most of the time with Yug.
Swati: Do you spend time with your family?
Ajay: I do spend time with my family. I don’t work for more than eight hours a day and leave for home by 6 PM and don’t work on Sundays. When outdoor, I do go out and party with friends but not for the sake of partying.
Swati: Meryl Streep was recently rated as the most bankable Hollywood star. Do you think that a similar thing will happen in Bollywood?
Ajay: That will happen gradually. Few years back, if an actress was 26-28, she was done with it. Now we have actresses who work in their thirties. Today we have different kind of audience, which is more literate and with growing Hollywood and internet exposure, things will change.
Swati: In future will you be always acting?
Ajay: I don’t know about the future, I can’t say about tomorrow. Right now I am doing what I am doing.
Swati: Looking back at your Bollywood innings, when were you the most excited or felt accomplished?
Ajay: I don’t think I have accomplished anything. When I look back, say ‘Zakhm’ and ‘The Legend of Bhagat Singh’- two of my films which won National Awards and are very close to my heart, I still feel I could do a lot better in them.
Swati: In ‘Koffee With Karan’, Shah Rukh Khan said that he has no true friends but said you are a very good person. Your thoughts about it…
Ajay: It is very sweet of him. People over the past few years created problems between him and me. I have no issues with him, he is a great guy.
Swati: Did you have the last laugh in the last twenty years?
Ajay: I have been laughing ever since I started working.
Adapted by: Aman Kanth