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03-13-2010, 12:03 PM #1
‘I don’t want to be King of Comedy: Ajay
The grass is always greener on the other side. One would think Ajay Devgn would be out there celebrating his latest success, Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? Instead, the actor is frowning at titles like ‘King of Comedy’ and ‘Best Comic Actor’. “I’m happy that Atithi... that carried good word of mouth publicity is steady at the ticket windows. However, I’m not happy with being labelled just a good comic actor,” he said.
Let’s grant it to Ajay. It’s a known fact that he is indeed one of the few versatile actors in showbiz. In his 20-year career, he has tackled everything from action to drama, emotion to comedy with equal ease. But it was through his comic roles in the Golmaal series, All the Best and the latest Atithi Tum Jab Jaoge? that he met super success. So naturally, that is the image currently dominating the minds of the janta and the trade.
The actor begs to differ. Assessing his latest career moves, Ajay said, “I’m going to do Golmaal-3 next. It’s a laugh-a-riot like its prequels. However, the point I’m making is that unlike other actors who have made one genre their forte, I have always mixed and matched my cinema. And I have thoroughly enjoyed whatever work I have taken on.”
He doesn’t wish to go into the history of his histrionics but in 2010 alone, Ajay will be seen in cross genre cinema. He has just wrapped up Priyadarshan’s Garam Hawa that is a social thriller based on a very gritty subject. “My next release could be Milan Luthria’s Once Upon a Time in Mumbai that is in the Company genre. Then there is Toonpur Ka Superhero that will perhaps have more appeal for children. And in Diwali, Golmaal-3 should release,” he revealed.
Ajay has also purchased the rights for a South Indian action film that will be directed by his best friend Rohit Shetty. The two are also in talks with a couple of popular filmmakers for their next films. “My line up for 2011 is also a mixed bag,” said the actor. “Hence I feel I shouldn’t be button-holed.”
The trade gurus agree that here is one actor who is constantly striving to push the envelope even in mainstream cinema. “He should be given marks for trying his hand at various things,” said trade analyst Taran Adarsh. “After all, whether it is comedy, action or serious emotions, Ajay has always given commendable performances.”