Sanjay Leela Bhansali On Birthday Boy Ajay Devgn: Doesn’t Need To Raise Voice To Be Heard

On his 55th birthday, filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali reflects on his working relationship with Ajay Devgn. The Shaitaan star also speaks candidly about the decisions he's taken in his long career.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali On Birthday Boy Ajay Devgn: Doesn’t Need To Raise Voice To Be Heard

Sanjay Leela Bhansali On Birthday Boy Ajay Devgn: Doesn’t Need To Raise Voice To Be Heard

Sanjay Leela Bhansali who worked with Ajay Devgn for the second time after Hum…Dil De Chuke Sanam (in 1999) with Gangubai Kathiawadi says, “I was apprehensive of what it would be like to work with Ajay after 22 years. But he was exactly the same. He reaches the sets an hour before shooting. Which other A-list actor in Bollywood does that? He knows his lines and he knows how to say them with exactly the correct pauses. Ajay doesn’t need to raise his voice to be heard. Look at what he did with the role of the gang lord in Gangubai Kathiawadi. I wanted someone who can instil fear and respect in his followers. Ajay did both.”
Sanjay remembers how nervous Alia Bhatt was of working with Devgn. “But once they met and rehearsed their scenes together Ajay made her very comfortable. Their scenes together worked because of the power and magnetism Ajay brought to them.”
In an interview with this writer in 2008, Ajay Devgn had said, “I don’t put labels on films and directors. To me, every film I do is important. And whether it’s Prakash Jha, Mani Ratnam, Ram Gopal Varma or Kuku Kohli, I value every assignment. But let me clarify, my life and career don’t depend on any one project.”
He said in a past interview with me, “This is the way I am, and I don't want to change myself. I've tried to get media savvy, but it makes me uncomfortable. I'm a happy man the way I am. As long as I can look back on my career and say I did everything on my own terms, I've no reason to regret. I look at my career as an investment. I hope to look back 20 years from now and make my daughter proud of what I've done. I really believe there's no point in talking about yourself. As long as you know about my achievements, there's really very little point proclaiming them from rooftops.”
“The most important thing is to be honest to your work,” said Devgn in 2008. "Don't expect the world to bow to your whims just because you're successful today. Success can be lost any time. Those who create an unnecessary hype around their careers know it's not for real. I wonder what satisfaction they get out of it! It all depends on the kind of people you have around you. If you've people constantly telling you how great you are, then that's not healthy for you."
Ajay is a fearless actor. "I'm not scared of any competition, and I'm not scared of making mistakes. I want to grow as an actor. And the only way to grow is to take risks. In Omkara, I didn't want to do the negative role. I had recently done negative characters a couple of times in Khakee, etc. So, I didn't want to get into that area again so soon. So when Vishal Bharadwaj told me he couldn't imagine anyone playing Othello, I was very happy. Between Saif Ali Khan and me I think mine was the more difficult role."
On the one hand, Ajay did a sombre Omkara, while on the other, he did a silly comedy like Golmaal - Fun Unlimited.
Devgn had corrected me. "I wouldn't call it silly. Filmmaking is also about entertainment. I love doing a Golmaal side by side with Omkara. I need that kind of excitement and range in my career. I'm an impatient man. I get bored easily. Golmaal worked at the box office and that means it connected with the audience."
Ajay, who has teamed up with actors like Saif Ali Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Salman Khan, doesn't feel uncomfortable working with anybody.
"I've never had problems working with any actor. If you don't barge into other actors' space, they won't barge into yours. That's my survival mantra."
Ajay’s best performance to date was in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Hum…Dil De Chuke Sanam where he played Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s husband. The two hardly interacted during the shooting. Later, they did an awful David Dhawan film Hum Kissise Kam Nahin together and Rituparno Ghosh's Raincoat and hit it off. Ajay was the first person Abhishek Bachchan told about his marriage plans outside immediate family.
Ajay Devgn was the first choice to play Bhansali’s Bajirao in Bajirao Mastani. They couldn’t agree on the star’s remuneration. He shares a lot with his buddy Rohit Shetty. Both are sons of well-known action directors. Ajay and Rohit attended the same birthday parties as kids.
After Devgn’s debut in Phool Aur Kaante in 1999 Jaya Bachchan was the only one who had predicted that Ajay Devgn would be a superstar. Devgn's debut defeated Yash Chopra’s Lamhe.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who has extracted Devgn’s most finely tuned performance to date in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, carries warm thoughts on the actor’s ability to connect with his role and with the larger picture in general. “After playing the brooding intense all-giving husband in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam he could’ve been my Devdas easily. But I didn’t want to repeat myself as a director and neither did he want to do an encore as an actor,” says Bhansali.
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