Ajay Devgn and Kajol will be back together on the screen soon. The couple has been approached by the state government for their Save the Girl Child campaign and will appear in a two-and-a-half minute film that rolls next month.
“The idea is to spread awareness against female foeticide. The film will play in theatres and hopefully on TV too,” says Ajay.
Ajay says he can understand people in the last century believing a girl child to be a financial burden since a son earned money for the family while a daughter was married off.
“But today, women are not only working. Many continue to look after their ageing parents even after marriage, while the sons move away,” he says.
The actors, who have a nine-year-old daughter, Nysa, will not limit the endeavour to just shooting the film, but will spread awareness through other media-related activity.
“The idea is not just for people to listen to us, but also to make them understand that such atrocities are illogical in a country where the devi is worshipped. I was shocked by the research findings that proved that doctors are involved too. There’s an immediate need to change the mindset,” he says.
Quiz him on whether he and Kajol will carry the message forward through other campaigns and he says, For a cause like this, we’ll be there.
State health minister Suresh Shetty confirmed the news, saying, Yes, Ajay and Kajol are doing the film.
Seventeen years ago, Ajay and Kajol were first seen on screen in two action films — Hulchul and Gundaraj — which released in quick succession. Two years ago, Kajol partnered Ajay in Toonpur Ka Superhero.
After Chennai Express, Rohit Shetty will direct another action film with Ajay. Will Kajol be part of it?
Ajay says, “Rohit is still working on the script, only after it is locked can we start casting. We don’t write films with stars in mind.”