Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn, who had come out in support of a ban on Pakistani artistes working in India, says he never wanted Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil to be banned because it was shot before the tension between the two countries.
The 47-year-old star has said he was the first one to back Ranbir Kapoor and Fawad Khan-starrer romantic drama, which will clash on the box office with his forthcoming film Shivaay this Friday.
“For me it’s fair enough, two big releases always happen and both will work hopefully. I’ve always supported the release of ADHM and I was the first one to do that in spite of all the controversies,” Devgn said.
The actor believes he has been misunderstood and purposely targeted for the statements he has not made. “Controversies are always created not always by us... They just created, misconstrued or done intentionally. They just happen and I don’t want it to happen I’m sick and tired. I don’t even want to speak about it because it’s just useless to talk about it. You can’t blame us everytime for the controversies. Sometimes they have been created by the people. I have never attacked on someone. I’ve been misinterpreted at times,” he said.
Devgn also said he is not saying that he will not work with Pakistani artistes, but keeping in mind the present situation between the two countries he wants to stand by his nation.
When the debate began on whether Pakistani artistes should be banned in Bollywood, Devgn had said in a television interview, “How do you expect me, when there is a constant exchange of bullets, to sit down and isolate them?”
“I think every role is challenging (for me). As an actor, when you wake up in the morning and go on the sets you don’t plan your day like ‘today I am going to enter this genre’,” Ajay said here at the fifth edition of CII Big Picture Summit 2016 on Tuesday.
The 47-year-old star, who is the husband of Bollywood actress Kajol, shared that an actor has nothing to with a genre of a film and what matters is just performing in front of the camera.
“An actor has nothing to do with genre. He becomes that character when in front of the camera and performs,” he added.
Ajay, who made his Bollywood debut over two decades ago with the film “Phool Aur Kaante”, says he has seen a good change in the Hindi film industry.
The National Award winning star, who has worked in hits like “Ishq”, “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam” and “Drishyam”, says that the industry has become very professional.
Asked if he has seen a change in the industry in his over a two-decade long career, Ajay said: “It’s really changed.We (actors) have started taking our work very seriously and in 90’s we all were doing...We weren’t allowed shoot for more than 11 films....There were no promotions, no vanity vans...Everything has gradually changed. It’s become more professional.
“I think everything has changed for the good except for one thing,” he added.
But the “Gangaajal” star shared there was more warmth in the industry before.
“I think there was more warmth (in the industry). Every body liked everybody. There were no problems and no issues...I miss that warmth. That’s the major change, which I see today,” added the actor, who was here to promote his forthcoming film “Shivaay”.
Ajay has acted in, directed and co-produced “Shivaay”. The film, which is slated to release on October 28 around the auspicious occasion of Diwali, will clash at the box office with filmmaker Karan Johar’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”.
The film also stars Sayyeshaa Saigal, Erika Kaar, Vir Das and Girish Karnad.
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