‘LET YOUR WORK DO THE TALK­ING’

Ac­tor Ajay Devgn would rather fo­cus on his films than get into gim­mickry

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I’d been get­ting a lot of scripts of­fer­ing in­tense roles, but there is al­ways that in­se­cu­rity — you won­der if it’ll work

—Ajay Devgn, ac­tor

Many in the Hindi film in­dus­try lay a lot of im­por­tance on ‘stay­ing in news’, even if it means for rea­sons be­yond films, or by indulging in mar­ket­ing gim­mickry. But not Ajay Devgn, for one.

In many ways, he is the un­con­ven­tional ac­tor who feels that pro­mot­ing him­self or stay­ing in news is not his job, and he also doesn’t give diplo­matic an­swers. “I don’t like to mar­ket my­self. I feel that it’s not my job to mar­ket my­self. My job is to work and just be there to speak the truth. I am not that kind of per­son,” says the two-time Na­tional Award win­ning ac­tor.

So while many may feel that it is im­por­tant for ac­tors to pro­ject them­selves a cer­tain way or main­tain an im­age, he doesn’t. “Well, what­ever it is, it is just not me. I’d rather let my work do the talk­ing. You be hon­est to your work, sit back, and let the work speak. I’d rather stay away from the un­nec­es­sary lime­light,” says the 46-year-old, who has been suc­cess­ful in keep­ing a low pro­file.

But when one is in the lime­light, it is not easy to com­pletely avoid un­pleas­ant sto­ries. How­ever, Ajay doesn’t let that af­fect him. “Some­times you just laugh at these sto­ries when you read them. I don’t get dis­gusted, be­cause that’s part and par­cel of my job. Ear­lier I may have, but not any­more. It doesn’t af­fect me at all,” says the ac­tor, who’ll be seen in a com­mer­cial thriller along­side ac­tor Tabu. “I’d been get­ting a lot of scripts of­fer­ing in­tense roles, but there is al­ways that in­se­cu­rity — you won­der if it’ll work. But, this will go be­yond the box of­fice. And that the au­di­ence has started de­mand­ing con­tent-driven cin­ema is only go­ing to help us,” he says. And with­out pre­tend­ing to give gyaan, he says, “Some do films for money and some for cre­ative sat­is­fac­tion, but we all wish that cre­ative sat­is­fac­tion will get us the money too. The harder you work, the more peo­ple you wish would watch your work.”

Some do films for money and some for cre­ative sat­is­fac­tion, but we all wish that cre­ative sat­is­fac­tion gets us the money, too

PHOTO: JITU SAVLANI

I don’t like to mar­ket my­self. I feel that it’s not my job to mar­ket my­self. My job is to work and just

be there to speak the truth.

I am not that kind of per­son

Ajay Devgn, ac­tor

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