composed and confident, Ajay has come a long way. Today
Ajay is going great guns. After giving great performances
in films like Company, The Legend of Bhagat Singh and
Deewangee, Ajay has once again in Bhoot proved that
he is an actor par excellence. Ajay talks with SeasonsIndia
correspondent Sanyukta about his future plans, career
and forth-coming movies.
Excerpts from the interview.
Your performance in "Bhoot' is highly praised?
How do you feel?
I feel great. Bhoot is my first supernatural thriller.
And performing in it was real difficult. I have tried
to do my best whenever I was in front of the camera.
I am happy that the audience liked my performance. But
then it was actually a joint effort of all who were
part of the project. The script was original. Ramu has
come up with a great story which is very attention-grabbing,
very unusual. And I think Urmila was great in the film.
have now done two films with Ram Gopal Verma and now
you are also co-producing Ek and Murder at Shri Krishna
Building with him. Looks like you have become Ramu's
Well, I wont say that I am his
favourite. Its just that we get along well and we
understand each other. He has repeated many actors
before and actually he is the person who is absolutely
in love with his work and he will not let anything
get in the way. If his role demands a particular actor
he will want that actor to play the role. Filmmakers
should follow that rule rather than cast their friends
who don't suit the part. That's what I like about
second release this year will be Harry Baweja's 'Qayamat'
and going by the promos, the film looks quite action
Yeah, it is a slick action drama.
It has a very interesting story with an action dose.
I cant tell you more about my character at this stage.
It is great working with Harry. We get along very
well and basically understanding plays a huge part
in how the film shapes up. Infact this is my fourth
film (Diljale, Dilwale and Deewangee) with him and
I enjoy working with him. I had a great time shooting
you have been experimenting with your looks a lot
I'm not doing it deliberately
(grins). Actually in Bhoot I had this French beard
and the next thing I know is Ramu liked it so much
that he wanted me to have it. If a certain role demands
a certain look, I have to make sure that I look authentic
enough and try to be as similar to my character as
possible. Like in Gangajal I have kept a long moustache.
That way I think it makes the character interesting.
In Harry's film Qayamat I have two looks, one for
the first half and the other for the second half.
Thus if you look like the character you're playing,
half your job is done. Different looks make the actors
interesting as audiences like to see changes. That
might restrict you from taking on two films at a time
but that's okay with me. I will do one film at a time.
other films do you have on hand?
Currently I am working on Gangaajal
which is an interesting subject about a cop. Then
I will be shooting for Khaki where I don't play a
cop. Actually I have around eight releases this year-
Bhoot (which is already released), Qayamat, Loc, Parawana,
Zameer, Gangaajal, Mehbooba etc. I am also co-producing
two films called Murder at Srikrishna Building and
Ek with Ramgopal Varma. Well all the films are interesting
with different subjects. I think the audiences will
plans of getting into direction?
I don't think I want to do it
now. I am too occupied and for that I will have to
take a year off. I can't afford to do that right now.
question. Is Ajay Devgan as intense and somber in
real life as he is on screen?
Not at all... in fact, I am
a fun-loving person. I fool around all the time. Those
who know me closely will swear on that. I do not try
to look intense it's just that the roles I play demand
such kind of intensity and seriousness. And unfortunately
the audience and media perceive me that way.