'I have made mistakes in the past'

Balancing Act

'I have made mistakes in the past'

He began his career as an action hero bashing up the bad guys. That was 20 years ago though and over time, Ajay Devgan has mellowed down to become a mature, intense and sensitive actor.

Not only has he done his fair share of comic capers like the Golmaal series, ‘All the Best’ and Son of Sardaar — which have helped him enter the 100-crore club — but he has also done movies like Zakhm, Gangajal, ‘The Legend of Bhagat Singh’, Omkara and
Raajneeti and won the hearts of the critics as well.

In the City recently to promote his latest film, Himmatwala, Ajay says that he is glad that he is able to strike a balance between commercial and ‘serious’ cinema. So is this his secret to reaching the 100-crore club? “There is no such thing as the 100-crore club. We don’t really sit around and have a drink,” he jokes and adds, “but when a film makes this kind of money, it does raise the expectations of the audience. It puts a lot of pressure on you as an actor as there is a lot of money riding on these movies.”

If there is one change Ajay has seen in himself after all these years in the film industry, it’s that he’s become more responsible. “I think I have become more responsible in many ways. I have taken an oath to do only family entertainers and I have learnt to be more positive in the way I approach things. Yes, I have made mistakes in the past but I don’t regret them — I have only learnt from them and moved on,” he adds.

As for the young bunch of actors who are coming into the industry today, Ajay says that he is surprised by how different they are. “They really do their homework before entering the field. I remember most of us were considered raw actors who needed a lot of moulding when we joined the industry. But that’s not the case today, they are definitely more prepared,” he adds.

While he is doing a range of movies, it has been a while since one saw Ajay behind the camera.

In 2008, Ajay made his directorial debut with U, Me Aur Hum. After it failed at the box office, Ajay never directed again. But he says that it wasn’t the failure of the film that drove him away from direction. “I will be directing soon.

I’m working on a few scripts but it’s just that I haven’t found the time. The failure of U, Me... was something we didn’t predict but these things happen. But if I had to direct the same movie again, I would do it differently this time,” he says.

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