Fresh off the suc­cess of Raid, ac­tor Ajay Devgn talks about films, and how his daugh­ter is a harsh critic

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sneha Ma­hade­van­hade­

Af­ter his de­but film, Phool Aur Kaante in 1991, Ajay Devgn came to be known as an ac­tion hero. That tag sub­se­quently changed to a ro­man­tic hero, an in­tense ac­tor and fi­nally, he es­tab­lished him­self as a re­li­able name in the com­edy genre as well. The ac­tor says that he feels blessed to have had the op­por­tu­nity to work in mul­ti­ple gen­res and not get type­cast. Ex­cerpts from an in­ter­view:

You have only been a part of com­mer­cial films in the last cou­ple of years. Do you not get of­fers for niche films any­more?

I have al­ways done niche films, which peo­ple have started do­ing only now. In the ’90s, when I started my ca­reer, I was the only one who was do­ing niche films. I did Tak­shak (1999), Rain­coat (2004), Zakhm (1998), and so many oth­ers. I have al­ways be­lieved in niche films. It is not niche any­more be­cause it has be­come reg­u­lar, but that time peo­ple used to call it par­al­lel cin­ema. I have learnt a lot out of it and now, good peo­ple are do­ing it.

You started out as an ac­tion hero with Phool Aur Kaante. Was that a con­scious move, to be known for ac­tion?

No. That just hap­pened. If you see Phool Aur Kaante, it was not just an ac­tion film. It had great mu­sic; good per­for­mances and a good emo­tional con­nect. But peo­ple started talk­ing about me be­cause of the bike stunt and all that. I guess that hap­pened be­cause no­body had done a stunt like that un­til then. But then slowly that changed and then I got tagged as an in­tense ac­tor and then fi­nally, com­edy hap­pened. I think I was lucky to have been of­fered so many dif­fer­ent gen­res be­cause peo­ple keep strug­gling to break an im­age. What’s even bet­ter is that all of them worked. So now, I can keep ro­tat­ing with gen­res and en­joy­ing my­self.

What about your daugh­ter Nysa? Is she in­ter­ested in act­ing?

No. She doesn’t talk about films at all. She is study­ing in Singapore and she is very happy. Though she keeps talk­ing about what she wants to do in life, right now films do not in­ter­est her. It’s hon­estly, her choice. And I re­spect that. But she is a harsh critic. I don’t re­mem­ber her prais­ing me in any­thing (laughs).

Do you think that in­creas­ingly, it has be­come im­por­tant to make films that also give out a so­cial mes­sage?

Not at all. A film has to en­ter­tain and that’s the most im­por­tant cri­te­ria ac­cord­ing to me. When we watch Hol­ly­wood films, how many films do we see hav­ing a so­cial mes­sage? How many films with a so­cial mes­sage do we any­way watch?

Have you given a thought to work­ing on the dig­i­tal medium?

We are work­ing on a few things. As an ac­tor, I haven’t been of­fered any­thing ex­cit­ing as of now. But if I hear any­thing that is re­ally in­ter­est­ing, I might be open to it. A lot of celebri­ties think so­cial me­dia is in­creas­ingly bring­ing with it in­tense So­cial me­dia has its own plus and mi­nus points but it is a pub­lic plat­form and you can’t do any­thing about it. Though you may not agree with all that hap­pens, you have to ac­cept it be­cause there is no choice. The world also op­er­ates on the mind­set that we want to re­ally get into other peo­ple’s lives to see what’s dirty. And that’s how a con­ver­sa­tion starts too. And this is hu­man ten­dency. Which is why a show like Big Boss works.



Ajay Devgn with wife, ac­tor Ka­jol and kids, Nysa and Yug. He says his daugh­ter doesn’t talk about films at all

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