He started off as an action hero with Phool Aur Kaante in 1991, but Ajay Devgn, who returns to the genre after eight years with Singham, says he was not very keen to sign the film.
"Even though I started as an action hero, I had not done an action film for the past eight years and I was sceptical whether I will be able to do it or not," Ajay told IANS in an interview.
"I waited for all these years before exploring the genre again because I was not getting the right script. But Singham was fabulous. It is hard-hitting, a complete entertainer and creates a balance between entertainment and being sensible. Also, the film has amazing action sequences," added the Omkara actor who has been a part of Bollywood for two decades.
"I am glad that I did manage to pull it off," he said.
The 42-year-old's last out and out action flick was the 2003 release Qayamat. After that he shifted focus to fun films and did comedies like Golmaal series, All The Best and Sunday.
He also did Omkara, London Dreams and Raajneeti among others.
Releasing Friday, Singham has Devgn sporting a fabulous six pack. Did he have to work a lot on his body for the film?
"I didn't have to do a lot in terms of training. I trained a little more than usual and followed a more strict diet for two months," he revealed.
Singham, directed by Rohit Shetty and which stars southern star Kajal Aggarwal, is a Hindi remake of Tamil film Singam.Ajay is playing a cop and after the promos were released, many comparisons were being made with Salman Khan's Dabangg.
But putting wagging tongues to rest, the actor revealed that there was no similarity between the two films.
"We have nothing to do with Dabangg. The only similarity is that both the lead actors, me and Salman are wearing uniforms, that's it. So there should be no comparisons," said the actor who was touched when Salman appreciated his body and look in the film.
"I got to know that Salman liked my body and expressed it on Twitter. It made me feel nice. This shows that there is no rivalry among us, unlike the reports that go around. We all support each other and appreciate each other," he said.