Son Of Sardaar which released on Diwali (November 13) has been doing well at the Box Office. However, the release was preceded by a long drawn out battle for screen space with the other Diwali release Jab Tak Hai Jaan. "It was very stressful. No one wants a controversy. It just gives you sleepless nights. What had to be done had to be done. I've said before that even if the theatres are less, but the audience should not be less," says Ajay about the fiasco that broke around the petition that his company had filed against YRF.
File Photo: Kajol
It was being said that as a mark of respect for Mr. Yash Chopra, Ajay should move the release of his film. "Some people did say that. Like everybody else my respect for Yashji
is not any less. It's business, I cannot kill myself. I had given the industry an option, I am willing to do that but its business, you give me space. Let everybody go ahead by two weeks. If the whole industry shifts by two weeks, I am ready to shift. Everybody backed out, so what does that say?"questions Ajay. When asked Ajay if filing the case helped him in anyway, he replied, "When we filed the case, we were 1000 screens less. It was because of the case that the pressure came on the other party and we got at least 400-500 screens more."
As for why Kajol was absent at the premiere of Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Ajay says, "Kajol was not invited for the premiere of Jab Tak Hai Jaan which I feel is very petty. This shows the pettiness of someone else."
And here's a biggie. Is Ajay open to doing a film with Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan?
"I'm okay with everything as long as there is a film where the script is liked by all three of us and all three of us have substantial roles that we want to do in the film, then why not," Ajay said.
All this and more in Ajay Devgn's Bollywood Hungama
exclusive interview...coming soon!MORE ON THE FEUD
I have become the baddie, but I’m left with no choice: Ajay Devgn
It isn’t easy to be Ajay Devgn at this point, as the star himself admits. As his co-production, Son of Sardaar (SOS), gears up for release, he has a lot on his mind. After all, taking on one of the film industry’s biggest production house over an alleged malpractice does not lead to peace of mind. Yet, whatever the consequences, Ajay says, he’s ready to take the war to its end. READ MORE
Ajay Devgn sends legal notice to YRF
In a development that has shocked many in Bollywood, actor-producer Ajay Devgn has served a legal notice to Yash Raj Films for unfairly using their dominant position in the industry and putting pressure on the exhibitors to give prominence to their upcoming film, Jab Tak Hai Jaan (JTHJ), over Devgn’s Son of Sardaar (SOS). Both the films are set to release on Diwali, i.e. on November 13. FULL STORYYash Raj Films issues strong rejoinder to Ajay Devgn’s notice
Shocking is how Bollywood production house Yash Raj Films has described actor-producer Ajay Devgn’s allegation that they indulged in “malpractice” to put pressure on the exhibitors, especially single screen theatre owners, to screen YRF’s SRK-starrer Jab Tak Hai Jaan (JTHJ) and not Devgn’s Son of Sardaar (SOS) that releases the same day. YRF'S TAKE
CCI to solve dispute between Yash Raj, Devgn's firms
The Delhi High Court today asked the CCI to "expeditiously" decide the complaint of Ajay Devgn Films Private Limited that its Diwali release Son of Sardaar was not getting enough single-screen theatres as Yash Raj Films has "used its dominant" position for better exhibition of its Shah Rukh Khan's starrer Jab Tak Hai Jaan. MOREShah Rukh Khan reacts to Yash Raj-Ajay Devgn tussle
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Friday said he was thankful he was not directly involved in legal tussle between producers of Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Son of Sardaar. He was referring to actor-producer Ajay Devgn sending a legal notice to Yash Raj Films for allegedly asking exhibitors to give prominence to Jab Tak Hain Jaan over Son Of Sardaar. SRK SPEAK YRF versus Ajay Devgn Films: Diwali BO competition heats up
The moods of the people behind the films Jab Tak Hai Jaan (JTHJ) and Son of Sardaar (SOS), which are both releasing on Diwali, are getting more explosive by the minute. In the complaint they filed against Yash Raj Films (YRF) in the Competition Commission of India, Ajay Devgn Films (ADF), accused them of impeding the distribution of their co-production, Son of Sardaar. YRF V/S ADFAfter YRF’s rejoinder, Ajay Devgn hits back with a statement
A day after Yash Raj Films (YRF) issued a statement against Ajay Devgn Films (ADF) for filing a complaint against them with Competition Commission of India, ADF’s lawyers have hit back with a strongly worded statement that reads: A producer/distributor/exhibitor cannot be allowed to enter into a tie-in arrangement which adversely affects competition. AND THE WAR GOES ON...Ajay Devgn's plea against YRF rejected
The Competition Commission has rejected the complaint from actor Ajay Devgn against Yash Raj Films for alleged abuse of dominant position in the Hindi film industry, saying that the plea does not have any merit. FULL STORY
Knew I would be portrayed as villain in YRF-ADF tussle: Ajay Devgn
Now that the war between Ajay Devgnand Yash Raj Films has thickened over the number of screens alloted for the release of Son of Sardaar and late Yash Chopra's Jab Tak Hai Jaan, the actor-producer insists that he is waging a "fair" fight and knew he would be painted as a villain after he serves a legal notice on the issue. DEVGN SPEAKSKajol may not even get invited by Yash Raj Films
Actor-producer Ajay Devgn’s big fight with Yash Raj Films (YRF) over their Diwali releases — Son of Sardaar (SoS) and Jab Tak Hai Jaan (JTHJ) respectively — may just spoil things for Kajol. Or so fears her hubby Devgn, since Kajol has been one of YRF’s leading ladies but that equation may change in the wake of this ugly situation. READEveryone knows talks of being fair are rubbish: Ajay Devgn
Stating things as they are and only demanding a fair consideration of the current situation, Ajay makes himself heard and that too pretty strong. READ NOW
COMPAT refuses to stay Jab Tak Hai Jaan release, but issues notice to YRF
The Competition Appellate Tribunal refused to stay the screening of Jab Tak Hai Jaan produced by Yash Raj Films but issued notices to the production house on Ajay Devgn's plea over alleged abuse of dominant position. MORE
(With additional inputs)