Ajay more com­fort­able be­hind the cam­era

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Since his de­but with the film Phool Aur Kaante (1991), ac­tor Ajay Devgn (right) has donned mul­ti­ple hats — that of an ac­tor, pro­ducer, di­rec­tor and writer. But he says he likes be­ing “be­hind the cam­era” be­cause he’s been there since child­hood, thanks to his fa­ther and stunt chore­og­ra­pher, Veeru Dev­gan.

Dur­ing a tête-à-tête, Ajay, said, “In my next, I’m in front of the cam­era, but I like be­ing be­hind it too. That’s where I’m go­ing to be seen in Shivaay. I feel more com­fort­able be­hind the cam­era. It comes easy to me be­cause as a child, I’ve al­ways been work­ing on that side as a tech­ni­cian’s son.”

Shivaay marks the 46-yearold’s re­turn to the di­rec­tor’s chair af­ter the 2008 film U Me Aur Hum. Ajay’s film will face com­pe­ti­tion from Karan Jo­har’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, star­ring Aish­warya Rai Bachchan, Ran­bir Kapoor, and Anushka Sharma, which will re­lease along­side Shivaay on Di­wali next year.

But the Sing­ham star is “not afraid” of clashes. “It’s a fair call. There would be mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions when two films will re­lease to­gether. We have enough the­atres. If ev­ery­thing is di­vided well, I think both films will work or which­ever with a bet­ter script, will work,” he said.

“In that way, clashes urge ev­ery­body to work harder. It has its mi­nus points, but we can’t re­sist it. I’m not afraid of it. I’m happy, I love clashes. It helps me work harder,” said Ajay, who is mar­ried to ac­tor Ka­jol and has two chil­dren with her.

While many be­lieve film­dom is a com­pet­i­tive field, Ajay, a two-time Na­tional Film Award win­ning ac­tor, con­cedes that “there’s no com­pe­ti­tion in Bol­ly­wood”. “We (ac­tors) are all friends. We all have our own zone where we feel com­fort­able. Ul­ti­mately, there has been so much of work in the in­dus­try, and I’ve been work­ing in it for al­most 25 years now. So, we don’t cross each oth­ers’ space,” Ajay added.


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