‘I have treated Ajay as if he were debuting’

The confidence in director Sajid Khan is evident because he has openly challenged the audience that if they do not clap or whistle as actor Ajay Devgn\'s makes his entry in his version of Himmatwala, then he would refund the money back.

Published: 27th March 2013 01:11 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th March 2013 01:14 PM   |  A+A-


From Darna Zaroori Hai to Heyy Babyy, Housefull and Housefull 2: The Dirty Dozen, director Sajid Khan has time and again proved that he believes in the films he makes. And continuing with his belief, the filmmaker has now taken a bold step. Remaking the 30-year-old hit Himmatwala. The confidence in his belief is evident because he has openly challenged the audience that if they do not clap or whistle as actor Ajay Devgn's makes his entry in his version of Himmatwala, then he would refund the money back.

"I don't know whether it will ring through with all the audience. But I am looking forward to a lot of applause and whistles from single screens," said Sajid, who seems to have understood the pulse of the audience. He says, "I have kept in mind that these days as a cinegoer, one doesn't see over-the-top entry of heroes like we used to see before. I remember as a kid, I used to get very disappointed when the hero's entry used to be average. For me, an entry must have an emotional connect to the story. That's what I have brought in my film."

For Ajay, this might be his 88th film, but as a director, Sajid seems to have treated him as if it were his debut. He said, "I wish I could say I am 'reintroducing Ajay Devgn'. The actor has danced, fought, has done emotional scenes, comedy...I would say most of the genre. He has done the entire 360 degree of spectrum like a superstar. Himmatwala will see everything you expect from a Bollywood hero."

Having worked with Asin in Housefull 2, he has now worked with another South Indian heroine, Tammanah. "I am looking forward to work with more of them. I loved working with Tammanah and I may be working with her in future again. She is professional to die for. This girl has just one goal, work. I don't think she has a social life. As a person, I don't talk anything other than cinema, and I see the same qualities in her," he said.

His next will be with Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh and another big actor. "I will be off to London for sometime as most of the shooting will take place there," he said.

Will Sajid ever get out of comedy and be part of serious films? "Even if I do, it will be entertaining. I don't want to change the society. No film can change people. I want to make films purely for entertainment," said Sajid.

Not revealing much about his personal front, Sajid only had a few words when asked about Jacqueline Fernandez. "I don't talk much about my personal life. I am in a relationship from past two years and I am at a happy place in life. Nothing more to it," he said.


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