I Have A Lot of Respect For Mahesh Bhatt, Said Ajay Devgn
“When you are an actor you do not think about genres. When you are doing comedy you do think, ‘oh I wish I was doing a serious film as it takes less energy.’ Comedy needs a lot of energy and timing. When you are doing action you feel tiring. I like to switch and do different things,” Ajay said at a press meet here on October 19 after being felicitated at the CII Big Picture Summit 2015 for his contribution to Indian cinema.
“I HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT FOR MAHESH BHATT. THE ONLY THING I TELL EVERYBODY AND TELL HIM ALSO IS THAT I WISH HE COULD COME BACK AND DIRECT AGAIN. HIS LAST FILM THAT HE DIRECTED WASZAKHM FOR WHICH I GOT A NATIONAL AWARD AND AFTER THAT HE QUIT. SO I REALLY MISS HIM,” SAID AJAY
“I’ve been very lucky. If I’ve tried a comedy it has worked. Or if I tried drama or a serious film, they too have worked. So people feel are more comfortable coming to me for doing such films, which a lot of people try and if it doesn’t work they get scared,” Ajay added.
Ajay, who has been a part of Bollywood for over two decades, was felicitated at the opening day of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) summit by Sudhanshu Vats, Chairman, CII National Committee on Media and Entertainment and Group CEO, Viacom 18 Media Private Limited.
The two-day summit which commenced on October 19 was attended by various production houses and aspiring actors. It includes discussions between policy makers and industry stakeholders on how to make India’s Media and Entertainment industry grow towards $100 billion.
When Ajay was asked about his favourite director, he said: “I’ve worked with every kind of director. In the 1990s I was the first actor, who started working in so called ‘art cinema.’ Today it is not called art cinema as there are no films like Dil Kya Kare or directors like Govind Nihalani and Rituparno Ghosh.” “I had those films where people thought I was crazy as a commercial actor doing films like these. But I learned a lot from these films. Also I have a lot of respect for Mahesh Bhatt. The only thing I tell everybody and tell him also is that I wish he could come back and direct again. His last film that he directed was Zakhm for which I got a National Award and after that he quit. So I really miss him,” added Ajay.