‘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

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Samarth Goyal samarth.goyal@htlive.com

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.’”

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