Sidelined Ajay Devgn miffed with director Prakash Jha

Updated: May 27, 2010, 19:24 PM IST

Spicezee Bureau

Mumbai: Sidelined from ‘Raajneeti’ promotions, Ajay Devgn is visibly upset with his close friend and Bollywood filmmaker Prakash Jha.

News has it that Ajay is irked by Ranbir-Katrina jodi, which is hogging all the limelight during the ‘Raajneeti’ publicity and promotions. Talking to a news daily, a source close to the actor said, "‘Raajneeti’ is a powerful political dramatic thriller where the entire cast has good roles. But the actor feels the director has been only showing the romantic angle between Ranbir and Katrina to exploit the couple`s chemistry and off-screen dosti."

It is widely believed that Ajay has shown his displeasure over the promotion of Ranbir-Katrina in an out-and-out political film. "Ajay told Prakash in no uncertain terms that he felt that ‘Raajneeti’ was being promoted as a romantic film when it was essentially a political drama. The actor didn`t want the audience to feel cheated into thinking it was a romantic film," the source said.

"Ajay feels he has been taken for granted long enough. Because of their decade-long friendship, so he felt he could speak his mind with Prakash. It`s barely 10 days to the release and not much of the publicity has featured Ajay. He has never spoken strongly to anyone before and Prakash got naturally jittery. He told Ajay that he had nothing to worry about. He even flew down to Goa for a couple of days to complete some shots with the actor and sort out the issue," added the source.

When enquired the ‘Raajneeti’ director, Prakash Jha was shocked to hear such news and said, "I would like to check with Ajay before saying anything. Why should he be unhappy with the promos? The music people are doing the promos and they wanted to show the romantic angle. Since the romance is only between Ranbir and Katrina, the promos are showing that. But now the dialogue promos have started which has Ajay mouthing a very powerful dialogue. I love Ajay as much as I love myself and can never sideline him. I don`t think there`s any issue. I am doing my next two films with him."