Singham (2011) has already grossed over Rs 150 crore and Ajay Devgn couldn’t be happier. “We were worried because expectations were sky- high,” admits the actor, who returned to hardcore action after a gap of seven years approximately. “But the audience was not disappointed.”
Interestingly, Rohit Shetty also directed Zameen, Ajay’s last action movie in 2003. The director-actor duo teams up this week for their sixth collaboration, after Zameen, Golmaal (2005), Golmaal Returns (2008) and Golmaal 3 (2010). Bol Bachchan is an official adaptation of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Golmaal (1979), with Abhishek Bachchan and Ajay playing the roles essayed by Amol Palekar and Utpal Dutt.
Says the star-producer, “The film is a comedy but since I play a wrestler, there’s plenty of scope for action.”
Ajay’s October release, David Dhawan’s Rascals, co-produced by Sanjay Dutt, will also have some light-hearted, situational maar dhaad. And the Priyadarshan-directed Tezz has more stylized thrills. Tezz has been shot in London, Birmingham and Glasgow and one of its highlight sequences using the parkour technique has been choreographed by Gareth Milne, the stunt coordinator of The Bourne Ultimatum. Action scenes have been shot on a train, cars, bikes, helicopters and even boats. During one such scene, a Jet Ski Ajay was steering, crashed into the canal wall of the Thames and was damaged. Fortunately, no one was hurt. A man-to-man combat fight between Ajay and Anil Kapoor will be filmed on a set representing a tunnel, which is another must-see moment.
Ajay is also co-producing the Hindi remake of Telugu hit, Maryada Ramanna. The film opposite Sonakshi Sinha is tentatively titled S.O.S—Son Of Sardar. “Akshay (Kumar) has the title. I’m going to request him to give it to us but if he’s already making a film with it, we’ll think of another one,” he says, adding. “It’s a romantic comedy but it will have one major action sequence.” And what about Singham 2? “That would be a difficult film to make but if we come across a great script may be Bajirao Singham will return.”
'Happy to do our bit for state’s save the girl child campaign’
The state government wants Ajay Devgn and Kajol to be the brand ambassadors for the “Save The Girl Child’ campaign. Another starcouple, Sachin Pilagoankar and wife Supriya, are already part of the initiative. The government recently launched a crackdown on prenatal sex-test centers across Maharashtra and is looking for brand ambassadors, who can connect with people both in rural and urban areas, to spread the word. “We have not been officially approached yet but it’s always nice to be associated with a good cause. And this one is an important one to propagate given the alarming statistics. I love children and dote on my daughter Nysa. If Kajol and I were asked, we’d be.