Posts Tagged ‘Ajay Devgan’

Ajay Devgn blows up 50 cars at an average, especially when he joins hands with Rohit Shetty, case in point being SINGHAM and GOLMAAL series. Shahrukh Khan too went many steps ahead when he destroyed an entire car yard in RA.ONE. He did show restrain in DON 2 though one waits to see how many explosions Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan create in their upcoming action outings ROWDY RATHORE and EK THA TIGER. However one man who doesn’t wish to over indulge in such brand of action is Saif Ali Khan.

”He as well as director Sriram Raghavan was of the opinion that despite the central protagonist being an agent here, they wouldn’t be blowing cars all over the city,” informs a source attached to the film, ”They were sure that nothing would be a part of the narrative if it was rather unnecessary.”
Another line of thought that Saif and Sriram carried was the familiarity factor that Indian audience are carrying today when it comes to action imports from the West. With dubbed versions of BAD BOYS and FAST AND THE FURIOUS series reaching the nook and corner of the country, the makers felt that it would be futile to try bettering sequences from these films.
”When you are working at a budget which is less than 5% of such films, why try to be over-smart and shoot something for your personal gratification,” adds Sriram, ‘I would rather shoot something that is absolute necessary and takes the story forward. This is what I have done by varying my action sequences in a way that each of them manages its own individuality without seeming overdone.”

An agent who doesn’t overdo his act? Well, we would certainly like to see his modus operandi at play here!

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Salman Khan may have set the cash registers ringing with his performance in Judwaa (1997). But the sequel to the comedy movie will see Saif Ali Khan in the lead role. Director Sajid Khan and producer Sajid Nadiadwala plan to start Judwaa 2 in January-February next year.

“I’ll start Judwaa 2
with Saif after wrapping up my next film starring Ajay Devgn,” confirms the director.

He adds, “Saif and I have known each other for a long time. Actually, we first thought of working together around a year back, but things couldn’t be put together. Now, I am looking forward to teaming up with him. Plus, Nadiad (Sajid Nadiadwala) is like my elder brother.”

The original film, directed by David Dhawan, had Salman play a double role, that of estranged twins Raja and Prem. For their 2013 project, Khan mentions that they plan to hire technical experts from Hollywood to play up the duplicity.

“With the help of technology, both the characters will eat, run, turn around and fight in a very realistic manner,” says the Housefull 2 director, who insists that Judwaa 2 is not exactly a sequel.

Writer duo Sajid-Farhad, who have worked on Golmaal and Housefull 2, will begin work on the screenplay along with Sajid Khan in about four months. “So, all other details including casting are far from being finalised. At this point, my time is divided between Housefull 2’s post-production work and the story-screenplay of Ajay’s film,” informs Sajid Khan.

The filmmaker adds that the second edition of the multi-starrer 2010 comedy required more effort than part one.

“This time, I had 21 main actors and 600 junior artistes in the climax. I was going completely crazy. Mithun Chakraborty could see it, so he took me aside and asked me to take it easy,” he reminisces.

Extract from an interview with Prakash Jha..

Q: You often repeat your actors, so why is Ajay Devgan not cast in this film and Saif is playing a Dalit ?

A: It is not always possible to work with the same talent. I would have loved to work with Ajay but when we set up the film, he wasn’t available. But, quite honestly, it was more exciting working with Saif who plays a Dalit. He really got into the skin of the character, but more interestingly, casting him was to move away from the stereotypical representation of Dalits as dark – caste has nothing to do with skin colour. He has done a fabulous job. What is remarkable about his character in Aarakshan is that he has no crutch unlike Langda Tyagi in Omkara where there was make-up and the body language to support him.

Q : Would it be accurate to say that you have moved on from actors to stars for essaying roles in your films?

A : When you add stars, a realistic, hard-hitting story becomes more exciting. I made a film with a non-star cast but the economics of the business did not support it.

Q: Women in your films on the other hand, exist on the periphery, seldom having an equity in the balance of power…

A: That’s not entirely true. Deepika and Tanvi Azmi are very central to Aarakshan. In Mrityudand, too, the women characters took the lead.

Q : And what of the male protagonists in Aarakshan?

A: The story is about the journey of Mr Bachchan and Saif. It is like a father-son relationship that breaks because of principles, expectations and misunderstanding. It is a very personal journey. Raajneeti, on the other hand, was an extensive kaleidoscope –– each with their own journey.

Q : What is it like to work with so many actors and across different generations in both Raajneeti and Aarakshan?

I have always worked with actors, months in advance, so we know each other’s expectations well. And it helps that all of them are as hungry–– Saif, Deepika, Mr Bachchan and Prateik –– and to challenge them, to motivate them was exciting.

Saif Ali Khan has managed to impress his director yet again and this time it’s none other than Prakash Jha who has, for the first time in a decade, made a film without his favourite actor Ajay Devgn. Jha says, “Saif has excelled big time and exceeded all my expectations,” adding, “He is playing a very simple character in the film and will be seen without any props or make-up in the film. His character is that of someone who belongs to a backward caste and works very hard to excel in his studies in an endeavour to grow in life and reach the top of the ladder.”

But all this didn’t come easy. To familiarise Saif with his character, the director held several workshops. “We had sessions with the entire principal cast where we had many rehearsals, read out lines from the script and discussed the characters in general,” says Jha, who also had another towering personality in the form of Amitabh Bachchan supporting him in every step of film-making.

For Saif, this will be the first time in five years where he will be seen in an intense role after his Langda Tyagi act in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Omkara. With Jha being known for extracting the best out of his actors, one can expect Saif to repeat his feat. But does that mean a new association for Jha after the end of the Ajay era?