Every actor has a bit of ‘Bachchan’ in him-Ajay Devgn
They are emperors of entertainment. True Singhams of the silver screen — in their prime, out-roaring competition. And now, they are backed by the Bachchan of B-Town. In this exclusive chat with Madhureeta Mukherjee, Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty talk about battling critics’ comments, boxoffice success and the prestigious Sau Crore Club of Bollywood. Read on…
Overcoming ‘Critical’ Conditions…
ROHIT: I’ve stopped responding to critics and their reviews, it doesn’t bother me anymore.
AJAY: On the contrary, I’ve noticed that when critics pan a film, it does really well at the box-office. So now, if we get a bad review, we’re assured that our film will do well commercially.
Bonding with the Bachchan Boys…
ROHIT: It’s every director’s dream to direct Mr Bachchan once, and I was awestruck when I got a chance to do so. He had no starry airs; he was like a newcomer, rehearsing scenes 20-30 times, coming up with suggestions…
AJAY: Every actor has a bit of a ‘Bachchan’ in him. We’ve all grown up watching his films and we can’t ever match-up to him. And as far as Abhishek is concerned, we all make good and bad choices. We have to learn from the experience and move on. He’s a total spoilt brat otherwise and I’m fond of him.
The Sau Crore Club…
ROHIT: 100 Cr Club is the Golden Jubilee of today. But that doesn’t mean we take ourselves for granted. For me, every film is my first film.
AJAY: I don’t think we can give all the credit to the ‘luck factor’, there’s a lot of hard work involved, and it does pay off. Eventually, everyone works towards B-O collections, whether they admit it or not.
Dancing with Devgn…
ROHIT: Ajay is quite comfortable with dancing. Making him groove wasn’t really a mission for me.”
AJAY: Abhishek kept insisting that I dance in the film, but everyone has their fortes, and if you give me a difficult step, I will obviously not dance like Hrithik.
Trouble aboard the Chennai Express?
AJAY: This entire ‘conflict’ between Rohit and me was media created. We have a strong bond.
ROHIT: I had to call up all the leading ladies rumoured to be part of my film. It wasn’t easy clearing the air. On the other hand, just because I didn’t sign Ajay for the film doesn’t mean we had a ‘tiff ’. We’re working together on something for 2014, and Ajay is involved in the project from the word go.”
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