Ajay Devgn talks about the most challenging part of working in ‘Satyagraha’. Here’s more
When Ajay Devgn walked out of Prakash Jha’s ‘Aarakshan’ citing date problems, people weren’t very surprised. It was quite known within the circles that Ajay was not happy with the way he had to play the second fiddle to Ranbir Kapoor and Arjun Rampal in ‘Raajneeti’. Ajay who has teamed up with Prakash Jha a number of times to make hard-hitting films like ‘Gangaajal’, ‘Apaharan’ is back with ‘Satyagraha’ where he dons a number of shades for his character. As he sits for a quick chat, Ajay tells us why he chose to do another political drama and his role in the film.
Excerpts from the interview:
Why another political drama?
It is not exactly a political drama. Politics in the backdrop but it is fabulous story to tell about the characters where my character who is an entrepreneur believes that greed is most important and greed is progress and how we channelize this greed and progress to inspire the youth and bring about the change. They are the only power to change the country.
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In a recent interview, you had said that this film was quite challenging. What were the challenges?
It is a very different character to play as it has so many shades-from grey to positive to somewhere negative again and then back to positive. There are lots of ups and downs.
Which was the most challenging scene to portray?
Most of the scenes were challenging because Prakashji’s dialogues were very difficult to remember. But it was fun. If you believe in the character, then it becomes lot more easily.
Is this film attempting to bring any kind of social awareness?
I really don’t know. The idea is not to bring social awareness but to entertain the audiences and in that scenario if we can say something nice, then it is an added bonus
Every actor has a conform zone. Since we see you doing a variety of roles, what’s yours?
That’s what I prefer doing and I am grateful that the audiences have accepted me in different roles which lot of other actors strive to do so it helps me derive a satisfaction and keep the rotation from drama to action to comedy.
You have been loggerheads with the Yash Raj Studios over the distribution of screens but do you honestly think that two films shouldn’t release in the same day?
As long as they are fair and they have a fair distribution in terms of theatres. Two big films have been releasing for years and have been very successful together but the whole system of eating away at the business by not allowing to give screens is a wrong system.
After doing numerous films, do you feel nervous on the first day of the shoot?
You are stressed every time you give a shot. There is an apprehension if you would be able to pull it off or not. I think that works because the moment you feel that everything is very easy, it is over and you stop looking.
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Have your reached that point in your career where you realize that you have done almost every kind of role?
I don’t think that way. I hear scripts and I instantly like them or don’t like them. I am enjoying what I am doing right now. There can't be lot of different roles and only once in a while you will get a role, which is completely different from anything you have done. For the other times, you have to make your roles different from what has already been done earlier and that is the most challenging part. If I do a 'Company' and then I hear the script of 'Once Upon a Time in Mumbai', both have me playing a don. So my challenge was how to make it completely different from each other.
Do you watch your earlier films?
Not much. Every time I watch my past films, even the once two years ago, I get embarrassed and I feel I can do it better.
Can you leave the actor out when you are watching a film?
Yes I can. I do that. But that actor stays also and you feel that this actor has done a brilliant job or I could’ve done better.
Who is your biggest critic?
My daughter. She is ten-year old and she knows everything. She watches film and she is very accurate. She will see the promo and she says it is not working.
Do we see you directing another film?
I need one and half off to even think about direction. I have scripts but I don’t want to break my momentum.