‘I am not comfortable while doing romantic scenes’ – Ajay Devgan

In a tete-a-tete; Ajay Devgan shares his thoughts on several things, from his upcoming film Baashaho to romancing on screen to being a prankster…

Baadshaho gets real

Baadshaho is about people who are their own boss! There is real action in the film which is set in 1970s when Emergency was declared. I also want to make it clear that though the backdrop (Rajasthan) is the same as in my old film Kachche Dhaage there is nothing else which is common. The film is entirely director Milan Luthria’s vision. I don’t like dramatic action with a lot of stunts, throwing men in the air, and all that. It’s not natural. In Shivaay there was also some unrealistic action but there is nothing like that in Baadshaho. The fight sequences are very real.

Romancing on screen

In Baadshaho I play Bhawani a strong and smart man who is also very emotional. And it’s because he is emotional that he gets into trouble. In my entire career I have hardly done any kissing and romantic scenes because I was never normal while shooting for these scenes as I didn’t like doing them. I had a kissing scene in Shivaay but that was because the story demanded it. In Baadshaho there are one or two intimate scenes but once again the story demanded it. And the romance is real. Director Milan Luthria does not like forced romance in films so despite the presence of Emraan Hashmi who is known as the serial kisser, and Sunny Leone there are no intimate or bold scenes in the film.

Emraan Hashmi the ‘calm’ costar

I have worked with many co-stars during my 25 years in the industry, but Emraan Hashmi is one I really enjoyed working with, because he is so calm and professional. I thought I was serene but he is even calmer than I am. He hardly talks but he is a very good actor and whether it’s romancing or doing action he is adept at both. I have worked with him in Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai and Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji.

Nothing like a safe genre

I have done all kinds of films, action, and romantic and comedy film. If one genre is a hit filmmakers tend to make films in that particular genre. But there’s nothing like a safe genre. A film is either good or bad irrespective of the genre.

Social media and a film’s collections

Today anyone can become a journalist by giving their view on a film on social media. Then there are the unwanted comments by trade pundits who I consider idiots. Non journalists while watching films start giving comments on social media during a films interval which goes viral and affects the box office collections of a film and the reviews by journalists.

On Karan Johar and Kajol’s estranged relations

Karan Johar and my relations are not estranged because of KRK (Kamal Khan) and because my film Shivaay and his Ae Dil Hai Mushkil released on the same day. KRK has been unnecessarily targeted. Our fight was because of something which happened much earlier. The clash of Karan’s and my film was connected to this which is not true. Since I don’t talk about personal things I don’t want to comment on the current status of Kajol’s relation with Karan.

The prankster

I was a prankster since I was in college, but no one suspected me of because of my innocent face. I can play pranks and generally get away with it because of this reason. In fact once I got into a fight and was in a lockup but no one believed I was the culprit because I looked so straight. I took advantage of the fact when I joined the industry and have played pranks on almost everyone from Amitabh Bachchan to Shilpa Shetty!

Producer verses actor and director

I have played all three roles, of a producer, actor and director! I would say being a producer is the toughest as it a lot of responsibilities and work.

Interviewed By: Arti Saxena