‘I WASN’T CHOSEN TO PLAY MALIK’
To mark 15 years of Company, Ajay Devgn says how RGV kept him in suspense over the film
Ajay Devgn’s (right) portrayal of mafia boss Malik in Ram Gopal Varma’s cult film Company (2002) is considered one of the finest performances by the 48-year-old actor. “There are films that make you proud, and stay with you. Company is one such film,” says Ajay.
However, the actor reveals that Varma, aka RGV, had initially refused him the lead role in Company. “It’s a pretty funny story. When Ramu first came to me, he had decided that he would start working on Company in the next three or four months. Then he sat down for the script narration, and I loved my part. After he narrated the film, he said I wouldn’t be the right choice for it,” reveals Ajay.
There was an episode the next day when RGV called Ajay, made him believe that the call was about another film, and then told the actor that the call was, indeed, for Company.
Ajay tells us that it was RGV’s idea to keep the character of the mafia boss calm and composed, despite being in such a violent trade. “There was a scene when I was sitting at the back [in a car], and I had to ask one of my men to shoot a guy. Ramu said, ‘Just chill and don’t worry. Think of it as a doctor giving an injection to a patient.’”