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Ajay Devgn skips date with Diwali

Hiren Kotwani, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, April 03, 2011
First Published: 13:52 IST(31/3/2011) | Last Updated: 14:17 IST(3/4/2011)

Over the last three years, Ajay Devgn has consistently struck gold at the box-office during Diwali with entertainers like Golmaal Returns and Golmaal 3 and his home production, All The Best. Rohit Shetty directed all these films. However, this year, the two are opting for an advance celebration with their forthcoming project, Singham, an action film with a good dose of romance and comedy, which will release on July 22.

Their comedy, Bol Bachan, also featuring Abhishek Bachchan, will go on the floors on August 1 and can’t be rushed for a Diwali release. Which means that the festive season week will be open for Shah Rukh Khan’s superhero film, RA.One.

On being told that his fans will miss him at the box-office during Diwali, especially after he gave three big hits, Ajay explains that his July 22 release is of a different genre from entertainers like All The Best and the Golmaal series. “It’s good to know that viewers associate our movies with Diwali and have appreciated our work. I’m sure they will like Singham too,” he says.

Ajay, who celebrates his 42nd birthday this Saturday, is charged up about returning to a full-fledged action film.

He makes it a point to work out daily and reveals that he feels fitter now than he felt in his 20s. When asked if that’s the reason he’s doing extensive action in Singham, he says, “There were quite a few stunts in All The Best, Golmaal series and Aakrosh. But in Singham, there are more fistfights. According to a feedback I received, the audience appreciates this kind of action more than the choreographed stunts executed with cables.”

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Besides an extensive chase sequence involving 200 cars of which 20 were blown up, the actor recently shot another action sequence in which he races ahead of a speeding jeep to fight the goons. He is also required to go bare-torso for an extensive fistfight with villain Prakash Raj in Singham.

The actor has plenty of reasons to be gung-ho about his next movie. The Hindi remake of the Tamil superhit, Singham, has fetched a price of ` 12 crore from the Mumbai territory.

Distributor Rakesh Sippy of Raksha Entertainment, which acquired the Mumbai territory from producers Reliance Entertainment, says, “Ajay is a dependable actor and his combination with Rohit Shetty works for me. I distributed Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai (2010) and Golmaal 3 and both did extremely good business. That makes me all the more sure about Singham faring well at the box-office.”

Buzz is that producers of Pankaj Kapoor’s Mausam, featuring Shahid Kapoor, have postponed their film’s release in July by a week.
“I’m not aware of it. This would be best answered by the producers of the film in question,” Ajay signs off.

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