Ajay more comfortable behind the camera
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.