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Ajay Devgn's Diwali bonanza

Hiren Kotwani hiren.kotwani@hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, October 30, 2010
First Published: 12:46 IST(30/10/2010) | Last Updated: 18:00 IST(3/11/2010)

About 19 years ago, he rode his way to super-success astride two motorcycles, with Phool aur Kaante, which surpassed Yash Chopra’s Lamhe starring Anil Kapoor and Sridevi, which released after Diwali. With Golmaal 3 being his third consecutive Diwali release after Golmaal Returns and All The Best, Ajay Devgn seems to have captured the top festival slot with his entertainers. And, he reveals, he will have a release next Diwali too. “We’re planning something. Hopefully, we’ll make the announcement early January, soon after things are finalised,” he says.

Ask him if he’s conquered the festival slot and he says, “I won’t say that. I guess Diwali has been lucky for me and I hope it continues,” adding that the festive week is open for anyone else to release their film. “We’ve tried to make a good film, and like our last two releases, we hope this one too will be appreciated by the audience.”

AjayDevgn further asserts that the Golmaal franchise fits perfectly into the festive mood. “People are generally happy and irrespective of the genre, they want to be entertained,” he says, enthusiastic that the fun element in the movie reflects the mood of the audience. While insisting that this film is crazier than its predecessors, he says, “We’ve kept the family audience in mind. So it’s a clean comedy that the entire family can sit together and watch, without anyone cringing in their seats.”

Golmaal trademark
Point out to him that the opening sequences in all the Rohit Shetty-directed franchise films seem to be taking off from his introductory scene in his debut, and Devgn shrugs: “That has now become a trademark for the Golmaal films. We’ve tried to do it differently every time. So let’s see how novel we can get.”

However, he’s quick to add that such stunts have to also justify the storyline. “You can’t add elements into a movie just because something has worked,” he insists. Speaking of family, Devgn is elated after his son Yug’s birth this September. No wonder, he concedes, that this Diwali is more special. “Yug is the new addition to our family. I look forward to celebrating the festival at home with Kajol, Nysa, my parents and everyone around,” says the actor, who’s currently filming Priyadarshan’s Tezz in London.

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Seven years ago, after his daughter Nysa was born, the actor had adjusted his dates to ensure that he was home for her first Diwali. “Since then, I’ve always tried to be at home with the family,” says the actor, who prefers to keep it simple during the festive season. The Devgns gather together for Lakshmi Poojan and don’t indulge in crackers or fireworks. “We just get sparklers (phooljadis) for Nysa, as the festival shagun (auspicious beginning). She also understands that crackers are not good for the environment as they cause noise and air pollution,” enthuses the proud dad.

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