To state that Ajay Devgn is hurt due to ongoing imbroglio would be stating the obvious. However, one conversation with him and you know that the man is venting it out like never before. Always a balanced guy who stays to the point in each and every conversation of his, he is maintaining an emotional equilibrium even in current scenario though one can pretty much see that he isn't willing to take it lying down. Stating things as they are and only demanding a fair consideration of the current situation, Ajay makes himself heard and that too pretty strong.
How does the release stand in the current scenario?
See, matter is in the court but deep inside, everyone knows what is right and what is wrong. In a legal battle, you are not supposed to comment on anything. But, all I can say is that at least, industry and trade people know what has transpired so there is no point getting into that debate. Whatever I say is something that you would write from my point of view and you would add from your point of view.
How has the industry reaction been so far?
(Smiles) Well, mera bhala ho yaa naa ho par kam se kam industry people are calling up to say that hamara bhala toh ho jaayega. They (Yash Raj Films) are talking about being fair and all, par jo baatein ho rahi hain uske hisaab se toh sabko pata hai, that it is all rubbish. If you talk about fair, then I will give you a simple example. Main to yahi bol raha hoon that I don't want any compensation or their release to be stopped. I am not asking for any damages. I am being fair.
So what next?
I am asking the law to be fair. If they (YRF) give a statement that exhibitors can release at their will, then that's what I am also saying. Main keh raha hoon ki aaj saare exhibitors ko bolo ki jo aapne Ek Tha Tiger ke saath contract sign kiye hain usko bhool jaayo. Unki marzi hai ki kaunsi picture release karni hai aur woh haath ke haath decide kar lein ki jisko jiske saath jaana hai woh jaaye. Ab fair hai toh fair hai! Main kisi ko phone nahi karoonga ki meri picture lagaao aur woh kisi ko phone naa karein ki meri picture lagao. Bas baat khatam! Jis exhibitor ko jo lagaani hai woh wahi picture lagaae!
You seem confident...
Today, even you know the situation, which exhibitor has to put which movie. You are from the trade, so you understand. I think you can't be fairer than that!
Any actor or producer would want to enjoy his film's release, be it Diwali or any other time of the year....
[Interrupts] I am not enjoying it all. In fact, this is all unnecessary. We have seen the film and are so happy and confident about what we have made. In such a scenario, we should be enjoying the moment, but we are not. In fact, given a chance, I would have wanted to celebrate before release itself but I am unable to do that.
Hasn't the current situation left a bad taste in your mouth?
Honestly, these are controversies you don't want to be in. I have never been into controversies for last 20 years but I have been in one today. I would have been all the more excited about the film if not for such distractions. Aakhir hamaari film ka buzz sabko maloom hai.
SERIES OF EVENTS
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 STORY
Yash 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. MORE
Shah 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 ADF
After 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 SPEAKS
Kajol 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. READ