- Ajay Devgn remains quite a mystery to his colleagues and his fans
- I like my privacy, and I would like people to respect that, he said
- Ajay Devgn's Baadshaho will release on September 1
Ajay Devgn's first film of the year, Baadshaho, releases next week. With the number of big-ticket films underperforming and the count of flops only going up, one thing is clear - 2017 has been a bad year for the film industry. The moviegoers are sending out a message, loud and clear, they won't watch anything and everything that's running at the cinemas, they want quality and a film that's worth their time and money. Devgn, a producer himself, agreed that it has been a year which is offering a lot of learning to the business. "We can't take things easy, and we always knew that good films work and bad movies don't work so this year is a reminder. You have to upgrade yourself with the way audience has started thinking. We can't sit back and say this is the only way we make films. You have to take into consideration what the audiences like and what they don't like. We all have to be careful," he says.
Ajay Devgn's next film Baadshaho is based on an incident during the 1975 Emergency. It's about a big heist of the gold belonging to a royal family but Devgn doesn't admit on camera that the film is based on a true event. "I'm not saying it's based on the event. That incident is like a part of the story. What's interesting is every character is complex, and every character is grey. So people have to figure out who they should trust and who they shouldn't so I think they will enjoy that experience," he says.
Ajay Devgn has given a super-hit film, Once Upon A Time In Mumbai, with his Baadshaho director Milan Luthria in 2010. He played a Mumbai-based gangster named Sultan Mirza in the film. The critics and the audiences unanimously loved the movie. When asked what worked about that with the audience, he says, "Everything worked for the audience in Once Upon A Time In Mumbai. When a film works there is no one reason like dialogues or just the acting, a film works in totality. It was a complete film."
Now Devgn and Luthria are hoping to recreate the same magic next Friday. And the trade will only be happy to add another hit to its almost empty kitty.
Baadshaho co-stars Ileana D'Cruz, Emraan Hashmi and Esha Gupta.