His son, Yug, is a month old and Ajay Devgn admits that parenting is a lot easier the second time. "With Yug, I know what to expect and anticipate," he reasons.
His seven-year-old daughter, Nysa, is thrilled with her baby brother. "Yug is too young to interact with her but he’s the centre of her attention when she’s home. She makes it a point to say ‘bye’ to him before leaving for school and asks about him the minute she’s back," he smiles fondly.
Unlike Nysa, whose name Ajay and Kajol had decided on five years before she was born, they came up with their son’s name only after he arrived. "Yug means an era. It has a positive ring to it, everyone likes it," he beams.
Ajay gets serious as he talks about this Friday’s release, Aakrosh, that touches on the headline-grabbing subject of honour killings. "I was shocked to hear about a Delhi University student’s fight in similar circumstances during a recent visit to the Capital. He fell in love with a girl and married her. But soon, he was picked up, taken to a village and locked up for days," narrates the actor, saying that when the boy was finally let out, his wife had gone missing.
"He returned to the city and filed a complaint with a lower court. The girl’s parents claimed that she didn’t want to meet him. He then moved the High Court and got an order for the parents to present the girl. This time, they claimed that she was dead. He still doesn’t know if his wife is dead or alive but he continues with his fight," sighs Devgn, adding that it’s important to create awareness about such incidents.
Certain sects, he points out, refuse to let go of obsolete customs. And the media has a role to play in changing their mind set. “If they highlight these issues, it will create pressure on the authorities to take action. Only when the common people react, will we get a verdict as in the Jessica Lall case,” Ajay elaborates.
He’s equally sure that despite being an intense film, Aakrosh will be as well liked as director Priyadarshan’s light entertainers. “Priyan is better with this kind of cinema. His Gardish (1993) and Virasat (1997) were highly acclaimed. His Kanchivaram (2008) won him the National Award,” he reminds us.
“I keep telling him to make more such films.” This is Ajay’s fourth release of the year after Athi Tum Kab Jaoge, Rajneeti and Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai. He has Golmaal 3 coming up during the Diwali week and Toonpur Ka Super Hero in December. He’s also in the process of wrapping up Madhur Bhandarkar’s Dil Toh Bacha Hai Ji, after which he will start work on Priyadarshan’s Tez and Rajkumar Santoshi’s Power. That’s why he’s pushed back his next home productions to the end of 2011. He says, “I’ll direct one of the films. Rohit Shetty will anchor the other.”