Ajay Devgn, who has mostly been seen in action roles in reel life, is a complete contrast in real life. The Bollywood actor comes across as a humble person unlike his popular onscreen image.
Devgn visited Indore on Thursday to promote his upcoming movie Action Jackson — a mix of action and comedy. Fans flocked to the hotel where the actor was staying to get a glimpse of him, making it difficult for him to leave the place.
However, HT managed to steal a few minutes for a quick chat with Devgn. Here are the excerpts-
Q. What were your first thoughts about the film? What made you sign it?
A. It was a nice story. The way Prabhu (Prabhudeva, the director) planned and designed the film and presented it before me was very different from the roles I have played before. The action you see is very different from what we have been seeing in Bollywood. He (Prabhudeva) has made use of my natural voice and walk as part of the character. He understood my body language and gave me dance steps accordingly. That’s the reason people who have seen the first cut of the film said I looked comfortable while dancing. A combination of action and comedy has been attempted before as well but an emotional quotient enhances a film. And, this is what Action Jackson offers.
Q. What was your fitness regimen while preparing for the film?
A. If I would have started from scratch, it would have been difficult. However, I was already fit; so it took a only a month to prepare myself for the film. Prabhu wanted me to look a bit lean. So, I increased my workout sessions. The tough part was moulding myself into three different shades which demanded three different looks.
Q. You have been in the world of cinema for almost 20 years. What changes do you see as an insider?
A. I find a lot of difference. A corporate culture has crept in and warmth between filmmakers and actors is missing now. However, it is very good from the business point of view. Better and meaningful films are being made. We have got better technology. The stories and scripts are changing according to demand. The audiences have started acknowledging different kinds of films. As a result, filmmakers need to update themselves in order to present new stories to the audiences.
Q. We haven’t seen you associated with any production house in your entire career. Any particular reason?
A. I work according to my own terms and that’s the reason I am not associated with any director or production house. I am lucky to have worked in films of different genres and play diverse roles. Of late, I have mostly been seen in action flicks but would love to do a romantic comedy if it comes my way.
Q. Do you have any plans to foray into direction?
A. I am working on a script but I wouldn’t like to talk about it as of now. It would be releasing it sometime next year.
Q. Do looks matter in Bollywood?
A. Not really. You need to have a good personality. You should know how to carry yourself and obviously you need to be good in your craft. There are so many examples of mediocre looking artistes who are great actors.