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You have to sell your house to make movies with social cause: Ajay Devgn

Dibyojyoti Baksi, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, July 31, 2014
First Published: 11:53 IST(31/7/2014) | Last Updated: 12:10 IST(31/7/2014)

If you were to look at the films Ajay Devgn has done over the last few years, you’ll find that masala, action titles dominate the list. But the man has also done his share of romantic, as well as offbeat, films in the past. Even his next is yet another masala entertainer -- Rohit Shetty's Singham Returns.

Here, he reveals that he would like to work in different genres, but doesn’t get offered the right scripts; and why, the onus of recovering a producer’s money lies with actors.

Have you decided to concentrate solely on action films? We haven’t seen you in a romantic film, or something offbeat, on the lines of Zakhm (1998) or Raincoat (2004), in a long time.
I haven’t heard a script that would inspire me to do a romantic film. If something like Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha (1998) comes my way, I’ll definitely do it. I’ve been accepted in all genres, and I don’t think I should let that go. I want to do a film like Zakhm, or Raincoat, but I haven’t heard a script as good as those. I’m getting more commercial films with larger-than-life characters, and that’s become my image. I’d want to try and break that by doing parallel cinema.

Also read: First trailer of Singham Returns

You’ve done your share of Rs. 100 crore films. But should that be a yardstick to judge films by?
I don’t know about Rs. 100 cr or Rs. 200 cr, but the box office does matter. It’s business for the producers, so you have to recover the money they have spent.

In a recent interview, Om Puri said that Bollywood films now are only made for entertainment, and social issues are not addressed. Are messages, and artistic value, being compromised?
No it’s not compromised. Entertainment is difficult, and you have to work harder on these films. Plus, film-making has become so expensive that if you want to make a movie for social good, you’ll have to sell your house. Films are not for messages, but for enjoyment, so you will have to make an entertainer and put a message in it.

Also see: Ajay Devgn roars in Singham Returns

Tell us about your wife, Kajol’s comeback film, which you are producing.
It’s a women-centric film, and she will start shooting in October. It’s too early to give out any other details.

Is it awkward for you to romance actresses on screen who are much younger than you in real life?
We never think of this age gap. Today’s generation is such that a 10-12 year age gap doesn’t matter, in real life either. Heroines have a short shelf life. Luckily, we [male actors] have been here for the last 25 years, so we don’t have a choice.

Also read: Singham Returns deals with the problem of black money, says Ajay

Would Kajol and you like your kids to take up acting when they grow up?
That’s their call. They are too young to decide that at the moment. Right now, their education is the priority, and later, whatever field they choose, we will support them.

As an action hero, do you miss doing real stunts, like you used to in your earlier films?
Singham Returns is more realistic. We have kept it [the action] very real. There were a lot of sequences that required the use of cables, but I did the stunts without them. I did that because I wanted to prove to myself that I am still capable of doing what I could do 20 years ago.

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